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Pioneering Aerospace Education in Hong Kong

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In an innovative partnership signalling a new era for tech education, the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) have partnered for a visionary programme called “Beyond Dreams”.

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This pioneering initiative, backed by a generous HK$100 million donation from a charitable foundation, represents a landmark collaboration between the private sector and HKSTP in driving technological education and fostering future talent.

“Beyond Dreams” is a five-year commitment aimed at empowering secondary school and university students with immersive training, hands-on experiences, and exposure to corporate environments. The programme’s primary objective is to instil a positive perception of Innovation and Technology (I&T) among younger generations, nurturing their interest and motivation to contribute to the tech ecosystem in the future.

This flagship initiative, part of the “Beyond Dreams” programme, presents an immersive program specifically dedicated to exploring the practical applications of aerospace technology. During the launch, the pioneering project centred on aerospace technology was revealed, targeting secondary school students across Hong Kong.

This encompasses a series of activities such as aerospace seminars, educational visits to national space stations, and an innovative aerospace competition tailored for secondary school students.

The programme not only aims to showcase the nation’s strides in aerospace technology but also to kindle interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) subjects among students.

Commenting on this collaboration, the chairman of the charitable group, confirmed the commitment to nurturing Hong Kong’s youth and integrating them into the country’s developmental landscape. Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of HKSTP, reiterated the organisation’s mission of leveraging technology for societal betterment and expressed enthusiasm for partnering with China Resources Group to groom the next generation of I&T leaders.

The programme garnered praise from Professor Sun Dong, who lauded the efforts of both entities in fostering talent. He highlighted the aerospace experience programme’s potential to spark interest in critical subjects, laying a robust foundation for future careers in innovation and technology.

Professor Vivian Yam, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of the Hong Kong STEAM Education Alliance, emphasised the intrinsic link between STEAM education and the national aerospace industry. Furthermore, two students from Pui Kiu College shared their enlightening experiences from their summer trip to the Sichuan Aerospace Base, underscoring the programme’s impact on young minds.

The “Beyond Dreams” initiative signifies a significant leap forward in fostering a tech-savvy generation, poised to contribute to Hong Kong’s integration into the broader technological landscape. With the unwavering support of philanthropic entities and collaborative efforts, this programme aims to inspire and equip the youth, paving the way for a thriving innovation ecosystem and a brighter future for all.

Hong Kong is committed to fostering tech innovation and sparking interest in STEM fields. Through tailored educational programs and collaborative partnerships, the city is nurturing a generation passionate about technology. By integrating these efforts into curricula and fostering a dynamic ecosystem, Hong Kong aims to equip its youth with the skills needed to excel in a tech-driven world, paving the way for future breakthroughs and global contributions.

OpenGov Asia reported on the Bright Future Engineering Talent Hub (the Hub) at the City University of Hong Kong hosting the STEM Challenge and Summer Research Internship Presentation. The event attracted around 100 secondary students and representatives from educational institutions.

Established within the College of Engineering, the Hub organises a range of STEM activities, including a Summer Research Internship, STEM Carnival, Student Project Exhibition, and STEM Challenge. These endeavours aim to cultivate young talent for the dynamic engineering field and promote STEM education. In the last two years, the Hub has involved over 1,600 secondary students in these programs, attracting distinguished personalities to its events.


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