HKMU strengthens industry-academia collaboration in nurturing construction talent

School of Science and Technology HKMU strengthens industry-academia collaboration in nurturing construction talent

HKMU strengthens industry-academia collaboration in nurturing construction talent

Date: 20 January 2023

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on Nurturing Talent for the Construction Industry with the Hong Kong Construction Association (HKCA) and the Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors (HKFEMC) today (20 January) to deepen their long-term cooperation in education, enhance the exchange of professional knowledge and experience, and ‘construct’ a better future for Hong Kong.

The two MOUs were signed by HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing, and HKCA President Sr Eddie Lam Kin-wing and HKFEMC Life President Mr Paul Chong Kin-lit, respectively. The Hon. Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR, was invited to join the ceremony as the Guest of Honour and witnessed the signing with HKMU Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung.

During the ceremony, Ms Linn said she is pleased to witness the close partnership formed among the three organisations, which symbolises the collaboration between academia and industry by pooling their resources and insights.

Addressing the ceremony, Ir Dr Conrad Wong thanked the two highly respected professional bodies for their support. He pointed out that with the development of large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the Northern Metropolis and the Lantau Tomorrow Plan, Hong Kong will have huge demand for construction professionals in the next few decades.

“Two years ago, the Department of Construction and Quality Management of the HKMU School of Science and Technology launched two new programmes: a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Building Service Engineering and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering,” said Ir Dr Wong. “Recently, we received a grant of HK$40.6 million from the Enhancement and Start-up Grant Scheme for Self-financing Post-secondary Education (ESGS) to offer a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Construction Management and Surveying from the 2024/25 academic year, which reflects the Education Bureau’s endorsement of our work.”

In view of the increasing importance of intelligent construction technologies, Ir Dr Wong added that HKMU is now contemplating developing a new Master’s programme in this area.

Sr Eddie Lam Kin-wing said he is delighted that the HKCA is collaborating with HKMU for the first time and pledged to contribute to the long-term development of the Hong Kong construction industry.

Mr Paul Chong Kin-lit remarked that the HKFEMC is delighted to have formed a meaningful partnership with HKMU. He said he believes this industry-academia collaboration will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience, and help raise the standards of the profession.

The MOUs have created a framework to provide scholarships, internship stipends, summer training and employment opportunities after graduation for young people who would like to join the construction industry, allowing them to envision its future and their career development prospects to enhance their interest in joining the industry. HKMU will also provide flexible learning pathways and organise workshops and training courses for in-service practitioners to promote lifelong learning.

In addition, the three parties will regularly co-organise activities such as company visits and career talks to help students understand the modus operandi of the industry and explore strengthening cooperation in research on construction technologies. They will also jointly organise symposia and seminars to promote the use of innovative technologies and construction methods, and help students and the general public develop a better understanding of the construction industry.

The MOU is signed by HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing (second from left), and HKFEMC Life President Mr Paul Chong Kin-lit (second from right).
Jonathan Chiu
Marketing Director
3DP Technology Limited

Jonathan handles all external affairs include business development, patents write up and public relations. He is frequently interviewed by media and is considered a pioneer in 3D printing products.

Krutz Cheuk
Biomedical Engineer
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

After graduating from OUHK, Krutz obtained an M.Sc. in Engineering Management from CityU. He is now completing his second master degree, M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, at CUHK. Krutz has a wide range of working experience. He has been with Siemens, VTech, and PCCW.

Hugo Leung
Software and Hardware Engineer
Innovation Team Company Limited

Hugo Leung Wai-yin, who graduated from his four-year programme in 2015, won the Best Paper Award for his ‘intelligent pill-dispenser’ design at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China 2015.

The pill-dispenser alerts patients via sound and LED flashes to pre-set dosage and time intervals. Unlike units currently on the market, Hugo’s design connects to any mobile phone globally. In explaining how it works, he said: ‘There are three layers in the portable pillbox. The lowest level is a controller with various devices which can be connected to mobile phones in remote locations. Patients are alerted by a sound alarm and flashes. Should they fail to follow their prescribed regime, data can be sent via SMS to relatives and friends for follow up.’ The pill-dispenser has four medicine slots, plus a back-up with a LED alert, topped by a 500ml water bottle. It took Hugo three months of research and coding to complete his design, but he feels it was worth all his time and effort.

Hugo’s public examination results were disappointing and he was at a loss about his future before enrolling at the OUHK, which he now realizes was a major turning point in his life. He is grateful for the OUHK’s learning environment, its industry links and the positive guidance and encouragement from his teachers. The University is now exploring the commercial potential of his design with a pharmaceutical company. He hopes that this will benefit the elderly and chronically ill, as well as the society at large.

Soon after completing his studies, Hugo joined an automation technology company as an assistant engineer. He is responsible for the design and development of automation devices. The target is to minimize human labor and increase the quality of products. He is developing products which are used in various sections, including healthcare, manufacturing and consumer electronics.

Course Code Title Credits
  COMP S321F Advanced Database and Data Warehousing 5
  COMP S333F Advanced Programming and AI Algorithms 5
  COMP S351F Software Project Management 5
  COMP S362F Concurrent and Network Programming 5
  COMP S363F Distributed Systems and Parallel Computing 5
  COMP S382F Data Mining and Analytics 5
  COMP S390F Creative Programming for Games 5
  COMP S492F Machine Learning 5
  ELEC S305F Computer Networking 5
  ELEC S348F IOT Security 5
  ELEC S371F Digital Forensics 5
  ELEC S431F Blockchain Technologies 5
  ELEC S425F Computer and Network Security 5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 ELEC S201FBasic Electronics5
 IT S290FHuman Computer Interaction & User Experience Design5
 STAT S251FStatistical Data Analysis5
 Course CodeTitleCredits
 COMPS333FAdvanced Programming and AI Algorithms5
 COMPS362FConcurrent and Network Programming5
 COMPS363FDistributed Systems and Parallel Computing5
 COMPS380FWeb Applications: Design and Development5
 COMPS381FServer-side Technologies and Cloud Computing5
 COMPS382FData Mining and Analytics5
 COMPS390FCreative Programming for Games5
 COMPS413FApplication Design and Development for Mobile Devices5
 COMPS492FMachine Learning5
 ELECS305FComputer Networking5
 ELECS363FAdvanced Computer Design5
 ELECS425FComputer and Network Security5