Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) announced that it will participate in the Innovation and Technology Commission’s (ITC) “STEM Internship Scheme” (the Scheme) in 2024/25. Over 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying STEM-related disciplines may have the opportunity to gain internship experience in innovation and technology companies as early as next summer through the Scheme. HKMU is the first self-financing university in Hong Kong covered under the Scheme.
Addressing the University's Employers' Luncheon today, Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung said the government’s expansion of the Scheme to cover HKMU students is of great significance and marks an important step forward for the university in nurturing innovation and technology talent.
Ir Dr Wong said, “The new arrangement will help HKMU students gain valuable internship opportunities, thus greatly enhancing their competitiveness and boosting their confidence in joining the innovation and technology industry.” He said he looks forward to the University's collaboration with industry partners to provide students with important internship platforms in innovation and technology, further expanding Hong Kong's pool of technology talent and working jointly to drive Hong Kong to become an innovation hub.
HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing said he believes the arrangement is aligned with the University's vision of nurturing young people with adaptability, interdisciplinary knowledge and innovative thinking. It also fully demonstrates the University's determination and capability to promote STEM education.
This year's HKMU Employers' Luncheon was well-received by the invited organisations, with nearly 80 employer representatives from various sectors including accounting, architecture, healthcare, hospitality and information technology in attendance. Prof. Lam thanked the corporate partners for their continuous support and valuable guidance to HKMU students, which enables them to gain precious hands-on experience and strengthen their professional skills in the workplace.
Prof. Lam added that the establishment of “Universities of Applied Sciences”, as proposed in this year's Policy Address, is in line with HKMU's commitment to providing professional degree education. He said, “HKMU will continue its professional education in the arts, sciences and social sciences. At the same time, it will draw on the valuable experience of the many successful “Universities of Applied Sciences” in Europe, reinforce its unique positioning, and play an important role in nurturing outstanding talent of the right calibre for Hong Kong.”
As a comprehensive university, HKMU has been dedicated to deepening collaboration with partners from various industries and providing experiential learning and internship opportunities for students. During the luncheon, representatives from the University's six schools also introduced to employers HKMU's latest programmes designed to meet the needs of local talent demand, with the aim of working together to nurture professionals for the development of Hong Kong.