Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) is currently holding its 32nd Summer Congregation, with academic awards presented to over 3,000 graduates.
Addressing the ceremony, HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing congratulated the graduates for successfully completing their studies and starting a new chapter in their life, saying that the world is moving much faster than ever before and that the graduating generation will have to work with not only other fellow human beings, but also Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Importantly, I realise that we have to move with the times, and I am convinced that we have to embrace this ‘intellectual revolution’ arising from recent developments in AI,” he said.
Prof. Lam pointed out that HKMU was earlier awarded government funding for two new programmes in the 2024/25 academic year: a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in New Music and Interactive Entertainment. In view of the latest developments in technology, he requested his academic colleagues to develop these new programmes, including curriculum design, teaching approaches and assessment methods, with the expectation that the students will be fully immersed in an AI environment.
In the face of the challenges brought about by the development of AI, Prof. Lam encouraged the students to prepare themselves well and to dare to pursue their dreams. He quoted a story about “Queen of the Bun” Janet Kung Tsz-shan, a HKMU graduate who quit her job as a nurse to embark on an ice-climbing journey, and achieved good results representing Hong Kong in an international competition.
Prof. Lam said one of Janet’s dreams is to start an ice-climbing school in Hong Kong to promote the sport and train the next generation of athletes. “The key word here is ‘dream’. Do you have a dream? If you do have a dream, have you done anything about it? If you do not yet have a dream, consider finding one,” he said.
A total of six sessions of the three-day congregation ceremony are being held from 11 to 13 July, at which more than 2,500 bachelor’s degrees and over 500 postgraduate degrees and other academic qualifications will be conferred on the graduates.
Beginning in 2023, the University will hold two Congregations each year: a Summer Congregation and a Winter Congregation. This change has been introduced to offer greater flexibility and convenience for students, ensuring that all graduates have the opportunity to attend a Congregation. The 32nd Winter Congregation will be held in December this year.