Few universities can evolve academic offerings in line with market trends and industry needs the way Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) does. Established in 1989, HKMU has come a long way. Today, it is home to seven research institutes with over 100 million Hong Kong dollars in research funding, 51 programmes under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), and about 200 academic programmes delivered by seven dynamic schools.
It’s clear there’s something for every aspiration, resulting in an approximately 20,000-strong student body. HKMU educators focus on providing students with a solid academic foundation and essential work competencies.
To do so, they pair comprehensive studies with global immersion programmes and collaborative initiatives fuelled by an extensive line-up of industry partners, nurturing a new generation of talent to cater for the needs of an ever-evolving economy.
Adding value to the economy begins with understanding its various sectors and needs. The Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration understands the importance of early career engagement. Each of its 50 programmes is filled with experiential learning activities, such as internships, job shadowing, leadership training and overseas learning programmes.
“What I was engaged in at HKMU helped broaden my horizons,” says student Chan Ching Hsiang, who was eventually awarded an internship at Credit Suisse. “My mentor introduced me to directors from J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse, and I learnt how to equip myself to get into the investment banking industry.”
Launched in 2017, the Global Immersion Programme was designed to ensure students can deepen their understanding of the cultural, social and economic dynamics around the world.
Twenty-one pathways are available to business-savvy aspirants, four of which stand out for being especially versatile: Accounting and Taxation, Global Business and Marketing,
Professional Accounting, and Financial Technology and Innovation.
HKMU’s School of Science and Technology houses programmes specifically designed for learners who have profound interests in 21st century proficiencies. Their focus is on imparting modern scientific knowledge for students vying to develop information technology skills. Its Department of Technology offers bachelor’s degree programmes in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber and Computer Security, and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
The Department of Science offers bachelor’s degrees in Integrated Testing, Inspection and Certification, Food Testing Science, and Testing Science and Certification.
Artistic visionaries are warmly welcomed at HKMU. The School of Arts and Social Sciences makes sure of it. It offers 14 bachelor degree programmes covering a wide spectrum of academic fields in creative arts and media, languages and humanities, and social sciences. Each programme places strong emphasis on theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and a suite of other learning experiences. However, nothing comes close to lessons conducted by industry experts.
“We have a great diversity of teachers. Some have experience in filmmaking, while others specialise in theory,” says Creative Writing and Film Arts student Wu Tsz-hang. Her programme trains creative talent for Hong Kong’s cultural industries, especially filmmaking, advertising, creative writing and publishing.
The School of Education and Languages offers six bachelor degree programmes, which aim to provide high-quality teacher training programmes to nurture prospective and in-service professional teachers, as well as equip students with the requisite language knowledge and skills to carry out investigation into language learning and use, literary appreciation, communication in professional contexts, and intercultural communication.
At the School of Nursing and Health Studies, students are preparing to pursue a career in nursing or physiotherapy. The School offers general health care and mental health care programmes and has been nurturing the largest number of nursing students in Hong Kong. Its physiotherapy programme complies with both the Hong Kong Physiotherapists Board requirements and international standards. What sets it apart is the programme curriculum, as it incorporates research into teaching and clinical practice.
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