Improving Hong Kong's biggest export

by YK Ma

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Timothy Siu (left) and Stanley Chan
associate professors Electronic Engineering Department
City University of Hong Kong
Photo: Paul Leung

Self-financing programmes offer best of both worlds

The engineering industry amounted to 45 per cent of total Hong Kong exports in 2004 and remains the largest today.

Meeting the ongoing demand on engineering talents, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) offers not only quality education but also flexibility in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in electronic engineering.

The overall objective of the programmes is to nurture a specialised workforce for the industry, notes Timothy Siu, an associate professor of the Electronic Engineering Department at CityU.

The university ranked 85th among the world's top 100 technology universities in 2006, showcasing its academic excellence. Financially, the faculty is similarly healthy. This year, the Department of Electronic Engineering received HK$11.88 million for 19 research proposals from the Research Grants Council, effectively awarding premier status in terms of total grants awarded in Hong Kong for electrical and electronic engineering.

"Technology is developing at lightning pace. As such we need to keep abreast of the latest innovative technology and embrace new knowledge in the classroom," reveals Stanley Chan, who is also an associate professor of the department.

In order to ensure specialisation in a number of key areas, self-financing study is available for three programmes: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronic Engineering (Communication Engineering/ Information Engineering), Master of Science in Electronic and Information Engineering, and Master of Science in Multimedia Information Technology.

The undergraduate programme has an industrial attachment scheme where students gain hands-on experience in a company for eight to 10 weeks in the summer of their sophomore year. Students benefit from putting classroom theory into practice.

The department has secured more than 200 training posts in more than 60 companies in Hong Kong, China and other countries. These includes key industry players such as Microsoft, Nokia, SAE, DBS and Philips. The department also encourages a global vision among students and so regular study excursions to world-class companies including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motors in South Korea, as well as Nissan and Panasonic in Japan.

Dr Chan adds that business management elements have been incorporated into the two new master's degree programmes to nurture well-rounded professionals in pursuit of managerial positions in their career.

The Master of Science in Electronic and Information Engineering programme focuses on strategically selected areas such as wireless communications, applied electromagnetics, teletraffics, data communications and digital entertainment, while the Master of Science in Multimedia Information Technology programme specialises in the processing, storage, retrieval, communications and visualisation of multimedia information.

Study methods on offer include a combined mode, where students may flexibly arrange their own study plan to suit their personal agenda. The electronic engineering undergraduate programme can be completed in three to four years while the master's programmes can be completed in one year the fastest.

Taken from Career Times 21 December 2007
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