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Ensuring student success starts with ensuring they are confident in their academic decisions – a fact proven by the stories of triumph celebrated at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) every day. Here learners explore all facets of their existing aspirations before deciding if they are on the right track.

While most acquire the clarifications they need, others discover new passions in an environment that is structured in every sense of the word, but certainly not fixed. They have the unique and fresh department of their university diet-based admissions (instead of program-based admission) to thank – an initiative that exemplifies PolyU’s vision of “Opening Minds – Shaping the Future”.

From now on, when registering at the university, students will only have to take the common courses of the department of their choice during their first academic year. The selection process for a major will not begin until its second year. This will give them plenty of time to determine the optimal match. Recently, PolyU announced that as of the 2022-23 academic year, the new provision will apply to all programs (with the exception of certain specialized programs such as the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing).

Two new requirements are generating interest: Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE). Both will be incorporated into the General University Requirements (GUR) from the next academic year as compulsory components, which means that all undergraduate students must complete at least two credits of AIDA courses and at least one credit of IE courses during their four years of study. time to graduate.

PolyU believes that forward-looking skills will prepare students to thrive in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and beyond. Source: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The news is especially welcome for forward-looking learners who are keen to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Combining technical acumen with an entrepreneurial spirit and the crucial skills of creativity and problem-solving, PolyU believes this structure will prepare students to thrive in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and beyond, particularly in the light of the fourth industrial revolution bringing fundamental changes to the world of work.

“University education aims to produce future-ready leaders for society. We hope that PolyU graduates will not only gain solid academic knowledge, but also possess the various strengths essential for the future development of society,” says PolyU Vice President of Education, Prof. Kwok-yin Wong.

“Therefore, PolyU is keen to promote a series of strategies to improve the undergraduate program in this regard, which will be fully implemented during the next academic year. I believe these initiatives will help students gain vital interdisciplinary knowledge and also empower them with creative thinking to deal with the rapid changes in our world.

Preparation continues in the 2nd year for students wishing to learn more. AIDA and IE can be further explored as a secondary major option. AIDA’s curriculum encompasses mathematics, programming, data structures, algorithms, data analysis, machine learning, and a suite of bridging topics before culminating in an integrated capstone project. Meanwhile, IE’s curriculum focuses on management, organization, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Practical knowledge is gained through a business innovation project, 12-week corporate secondment, GBA summer immersion or field study for innovation ecosystems and innovation symposium and entrepreneurship.

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Undergraduate researchers with the right proposal could receive funding ranging from HK$50,000 to HK$100,000. Source: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

For those more interested in discovering than innovating, PolyU offers the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Program (URIS), which funds scientific research projects. This initiative was developed to encourage more undergraduate students to find the answers to their burning questions in state-of-the-art labs.

To do this, students can submit applications individually or in groups. If their project is approved, they will receive funding ranging from HK$50,000 to HK$100,000. Since its launch in 2021, the program has approved more than 110 projects and five million grants, covering various research areas such as applied mathematics, electrical engineering, etc.

Of course, expert guidance is provided throughout, as is automatic admission to the College of Undergraduate Researchers and Innovators (CURI); priority allocation to the university’s new residential college in Homantin student residences; and unlimited access to seminars and sharing sessions with renowned resident researchers.

“Through this program, we hope to enhance student curiosity about academic research and nurture the next generation of scholars,” says Professor Daniel Shek, Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Program). “We are delighted to see the students showing interest and enthusiasm for scientific research, and we hope that they can learn from the experience and gain knowledge to lay a solid foundation for their future careers. in research. »

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