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HKUST Collaborates on AI Business School 2.0 Strategic Partnership

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The School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) and the Hong Kong branch of a multinational tech giant announced the AI Business School 2.0 Strategic Partnership, an extended partnership of Hong Kong’s first MBA elective featuring an AI curriculum.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming and shaping the ways in which organisations conduct business. As the pace of AI adoption across business disciplines accelerates continually, AI talent in Asia continues to be in high and robust demand. By introducing the AI-centric elective to HKUST students under the Global AI Business School Initiative back in Spring 2020, over 130 MBA and MSc students have taken part in the course. These graduates now stand ready for an AI future and know better different tech solutions that can improve business decisions, processes, and productivity.

The enhanced collaboration between the two parties goes beyond AI upskilling and further empowering business leaders, organisations and young talent with critical strategies and knowledge on in-demand technologies, such as Big Data and Cloud Computing. The two parties will also collaborate on curriculum integrations, professional training, as well as academic research and business cases development.

Extended partnership to nurture future-ready business leaders and young talent

In the AI Business School 2.0 partnership, HKUST Business School will continue to strengthen the AI-centric elective course in its MBA program by leveraging the tech giant’s AI Business School curriculum to provide the latest thinking on AI transformation in business. This business-focused course will also be available for students of HKUST MSc programs with a plan to extend to executive education looking ahead.

In the future, the two will launch an enhanced AI program on digital upskilling for around 150 students from all fields of study. By leveraging the curriculum on the tech firm’s Learn online platform, the program will enable students to acquire role-based technological skills, knowledge and industry-recognised certifications on AI, Big Data, and Cloud Computing, and equip future-ready business talent with a deep understanding of cutting-edge technologies and their trends for their careers.

The General Manager of the Hong Kong and Macau arm of the tech firm stated that technology plays an important role in our daily life; hence, digital skillset has become as essential as language skills. The company’s mission is to equip talent with the technological understanding and skills they need to achieve ambitious goals and create a more sustainable future. It was noted that the company is excited to continue partnering with HKUST Business School to unleash the full potential of Hong Kong business executives and young talent and empower them to thrive in the age of AI.

Empowering an AI-ready Business School

Meanwhile, the Dean of HKUST Business School stated that how AI and vital technology can keep us connected and transform organisations to succeed in the ‘new normal’ is now being realised.

With a shared belief in the power of AI, the extended partnership with the tech giant is transitioning into another new phase of development. It not only attests to the university’s commitment to nurturing talent for tomorrow but also to combining its strengths and resources in developing research projects in the fields of fintech and green finance and also in developing business cases.

As a major research powerhouse in Asia, HKUST Business School will develop timely insights with proactive industry support from the tech company and its key partners and customers as well as the winning companies from its recent Excellence of Digital Transformation Recognition event.

The three companies have expressed interest to participate in HKUST Business School’s business cases development on digital transformation, which contributes positively towards a sustainable and AI-powered future. Their best practices will be published in international business case research journals, showcasing Hong Kong’s success in business innovation.

In addition, the Hong Kong arm of the tech firm will support HKUST Business School’s academic research projects by sharing relevant research and survey papers and helping the School to adopt the company’s pioneer data analytics tools and platform.

PARTNER

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.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

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 www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

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.

PARTNER

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. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping 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 3,800 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. For more information, visit www.ibm.com