February 21, 2024

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Hong Kong: CityU Investing in Tomorrow’s Innovators

The Bright Future Engineering Talent Hub (the Hub) at the City University of Hong Kong held the STEM Challenge and Summer Research Internship Presentation, drawing the participation of approximately 100 secondary students and representatives from educational institutions.

Founded at the College of Engineering, the Hub has been instrumental in organising diverse STEM activities, encompassing a Summer Research Internship, a STEM Carnival, Student Project Exhibition, and the STEM Challenge. These initiatives collectively aim to nurture young talent for the ever-evolving engineering industry and propagate STEM education. Over the past two years, the Hub has successfully engaged more than 1,600 secondary students in these activities. Various distinguished personalities were in attendance.

A donation of over HK$8 million was also received from the Bright Future Charitable Foundation to further propel the Hub’s development. This will facilitate the establishment of two scholarship schemes for CityU engineering students. The donation signifies the Foundation’s recognition of CityU’s longstanding commitment to nurturing young engineering talent.

The STEM Challenge emerged as a project-based competition supervised by CityU academic staff and facilitated by student mentors. This year, 35 teams from various secondary schools participated, collaborating with CityU students to delve into specific engineering topics, conduct experiments, and undertake field studies.

The final presentation saw nine teams competing, and three distinguished teams from Harrow International School Hong Kong, Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School, and Tuen Mun Government Secondary School received accolades for their innovative work and accomplishments.

Parallelly, the Summer Research Internship program, designed to provide secondary students with a one-month engineering-related research attachment at CityU during the summer, celebrated outstanding interns from Belilios Public School, Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School, and Pui Kiu College. The program, guided by PhD students and faculty members, aims to enhance students’ interest in engineering, with participants required to submit a comprehensive report upon completion of their internship.

The STEM Challenge and Summer Research Internship Presentation not only showcased the achievements of secondary students but also underscored the commitment of the Bright Future Engineering Talent Hub and the enduring support from the Bright Future Charitable Foundation in nurturing future leaders of the engineering industry. The event marked a significant milestone in advancing STEM education and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence in engineering at City University of Hong Kong.

These initiatives closely align with the strategic goals set by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, particularly in the realms of STEM education, innovation, and technology development.

The STEM Challenge and Summer Research Internship initiatives actively contribute to STEM education by engaging secondary students in hands-on projects and research internships. These efforts resonate with the HKSAR Government’s vision of cultivating a robust foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Hub’s emphasis on innovation, as seen in the STEM Challenge, aligns seamlessly with the government’s goal of positioning Hong Kong as a hub for technological innovation.

The event’s notable presence of industry leaders underscores the importance of collaboration between academia and industry, a key focus of the HKSAR Government. The donation from the Bright Future Charitable Foundation not only supports the development of the Hub but also establishes scholarship schemes for CityU engineering students, directly contributing to the government’s strategic efforts to invest in education and talent development in critical areas like engineering and technology.

Moreover, by providing opportunities for secondary students to engage in engineering-related research attachments, the Hub addresses the HKSAR Government’s imperative to cultivate a skilled workforce to meet the growing demand in technology and engineering sectors. The event, featuring prominent figures from the engineering industry, serves to inspire and motivate young students to pursue STEM disciplines, aligning with the government’s goal of encouraging youth participation in these fields.


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