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Creating career paths in AI and FinTech in Hong Kong

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According to a recent press release, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently hosted a luncheon to engage over 400 representatives from about 220 local and multinational firms from various sectors, including finance, engineering, construction, logistics, healthcare and hospitality.

The event, themed “Partnering with Employers – Shaping Tomorrow’s Talent”, served to provide an opportunity for PolyU to connect with the current and potential employers of its graduates.

The Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government attended the event as the Guest of Honour and delivered a speech wherein he noted that the Government has a clear vision to develop Hong Kong further into a high value-added and diversified economy.

To this end, it was noted that the region’s government officials see the imperative need to develop a good blend of talents who have broad horizons, equipped with different skill sets and a solid grasp of international affairs, to sustain Hong Kong’s competitiveness and contribute towards the diversified development of the region.

It will prove beneficial that the region’s universities have responded positively to the Government’s call for promoting innovation and technology and offered more cross-disciplinary programmes in the planning cycle, including programmes on artificial intelligence and financial technology.

It is expected that PolyU’s partnership with the Government and the business community will go from strength to strength and that graduates will excel on all fronts.

The Interim President of PolyU noted that the university’s vision in education is to provide a holistic form of instruction which aims to nurture future-ready graduates who are professionally competent, socially responsible, innovative and entrepreneurial.

PolyU has a unique strength in grooming specialised professionals in more than 10 disciplines, including many tech and engineering programs.

PolyU constantly develops new programmes to keep up with the times and support students map their future path.

Recently, for example, the university announced that it will be launching a BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence which will be rolling out in the academic year of 2019 to meet the upcoming needs for Fintech and AI roles such as data scientists, software engineers, and machine learning engineers, etc.

PolyU’s graduates are well poised to seize the opportunities in the global landscape as well as those presented by nation’s initiatives along the Belt and Road and in the Greater Bay Area.

The employability of the PolyU students is well illustrated by the survey results on the destinations of PolyU graduates.

About 4,000 out of the 4,671 graduates provided a response to the survey. Over 83 per cent were employed/self-employed by December 2017, while more than six per cent carried on their studies. Over 92 per cent of the graduates received their first job offer by end of September and the monthly salary of the graduates of some programmes could be as high as US$32,000.

The Executive Vice President of the university, in her closing remarks, thanked the employers for joining hands with PolyU to nurture the rising generation.

Employers are being urged to continue to partner with PolyU so that its graduates will be enabled to better contribute to the social and economic development of Hong Kong, as well as bringing positive changes to society and the world.

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