Yu Wing Yin was born 7 February 1947 in Hong Kong of Guangdong Taishan descent. He was educated at Queen’s College (Government Scholarship 1957-64) and the University of Hong Kong (Government Scholarship 1964-67). He later studied at the University of Oregon and the University of Oxford, and was awarded a PhD degree by the University of Oregon in 1973. He has worked in Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Singapore and the United States. His career ranged from physics to science policy, education, administration, and public policy planning.
Professor Yu is international science policy expert, specializing in assisting developing country governments in the development of science policy. He has worked with the governments of Asian, African and Middle East countries. In recent years, he has assisted the Ministry of Science and Technology in the establishment of CISTRAT, a UNESCO science policy research and training institute in Beijing. In the 80s, he was responsible for bringing to Macau the UN University International Institute for Software Technology.
Professor Yu is director or adviser to several companies. He was formerly Professor at the University of Bielefeld, Senior Adviser to the Rector of the University of Macau and Director of the Institute of European Studies of Macau. He was earlier Senior Fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore, Assistant Chief Economist of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Economist at the Development Centre of OECD. Professor Yu had also taught physics at the University of Hong Kong and conducted research at international laboratories, including the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
Professor Yu has over 80 publications in the fields of theoretical and applied physics, and science and technology policy planning, and was an invited speaker at universities and professional organizations in America, Europe and Asia on over 200 occasions. He was formerly Vice President of the Hong Kong Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Companion of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and Founder Member and Hong Kong Representative of the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management. In the 1970s, Professor Yu was active in student movements and campaigned successfully for Chinese as an official language.