Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

Hong Kong’s CityU launches online learning platform

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has taken the lead in introducing the CityU-Learning system in view of the serious challenges posed by the coronavirus epidemic.

Resources were pulled together rapidly to roll out this online learning platform according to the original class schedule, online and in real-time on 7 February 2020. More than 2,000 students attended classes at the same time at each session.

CityU was the first local university to conduct such online learning on a campus-wide scale. The new platform tentatively replaces traditional classroom teaching and dramatically curtails face-to-face contact to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

The President of CityU has been leading the University in this initiative. He noted that facing successive challenges, the team has been thinking out of the box and, with the support of faculty, providing students with the best possible options.

The CityU-Learning system integrates the university’s learning platform and a communication tool that replaces the face-to-face component.

Around 1,200 staff attended training sessions prior to the 7 February 2020 commencement date. The University is closely monitoring the online platform to maintain teaching and learning during this challenging period.

To prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading on campus, the University through its faculty and staff has contributed to a number of anti-virus measures, such as predicting the virus spreading and promoting the One Health concept, supplying alcohol-based hand-rub, making available electronic thermometers, and providing surgical masks.

E-learning on the rise in Hong Kong

According to an earlier article by OpenGov Asia, educators across Hong Kong are turning to online portals to ensure students do not fall behind.

Several schools, especially international schools, are trying to have their students “attend” a regular school day. Some are providing students with an interactive classroom experience via different web-based video conferencing tools.

They are working to continue live interactions between teachers and students as online instruction is adopted, as well as more collaborative interactions among students with online instructional programmes. However, some schools are still sending worksheets to students.

Educators have become accustomed to delivering home learning in a suspension for typhoons, which is typically one to two days.

During the protests, teachers started using more videos, and afterwards reviewed delivery of home learning across schools so that they could be better prepared for further suspensions, one educator noted.

OpenGov Asia also reported that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus caused the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has deployed an innovative interactive platform based on internet technology and virtual reality (VR) to deliver online teaching and learning, in order to reduce contact among students.

Two courses, including one from the Industrial Engineering curriculum – Virtual Reality of Systems Engineering (IMSE3137) and an HKU Common Core course – Virtual Worlds, Real Bodies (CCHU9056) – have made use of the online video communication platform Zoom and the imseCAVE VR technology.

This is based on research and development from HKU researchers at the Department of IMSE with support from the Innovation and Technology Commission and Industrial collaborators.

As Hong Kong reckons with an onslaught of uncertainty, its education system is relying heavily on the openness of teachers and students to e-learning becoming the new norm.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.