03 Special Feature Smart Decisions - Graduates Double their Opportunities with a Computing and Management Double Degree IT professionals are in great demand in HongKong and abroad. Whether in finance, government, retail, engineering, marketing, or a thousand other fields, a wide world of career opportunities awaits any young person with skills in areas such as software development and programming, commercial system development and applications, and computer system construction and system integration. TheDepartmentofComputingoffers a Double Degree in Computing and Management that provides future professionals, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs with a well-balanced understanding of both the core elements of computing and essential knowledge related to management and corporate administration. The modern worlds of management, commerce, marketing and finance now depend on IT-enabled technologies and approaches that every manager must understand. The flexibility of a double degree in Computing and Management, graduating with two degrees after four years of study, makes a great deal of sense both now and for the future. Rick Tong, a current student in the double degree programme, says, “The programme covers both computing and management. It has definitely improved my problem-solving skills as well as teaching me technical skills. I am sure that the skills I have learnt in the programme will continue to open many more doors in my future career.” Dr Hong-va Leung, Associate Professor and Programme Leader of the department said, “HongKongPolytechnic has a long tradition of striking the right balance between giving students the theoretical knowledge they need to grow as future professionals and the technical skills that are in demand in today’s competitive workforce. And we also understand that students need programmes that are flexible, diversified, and up-to-date.” “Our undergraduate programmes teach advanced technical skills for solving the kinds of knowledge management and decision-making problems that modern executives and business people deal with every day. The technical skills include basics like software development or programming, but students also study in more advanced areas such as commercial decision support systems and quantitative finance. The marketing and management content of our courses mean that in the corporate world our students can play a strategic intermediary role between departments or as managers. Our courses include a BSc (Hons) in Computing, BSc (Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems and BSc (Hons) in Information Technology.” TheDepartment also offers undergraduate internships in local or overseas corporations. Kenneth Lo, a student in our BSc (Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems programme, took up an internship at the Microsoft Development Centre in Copenhagen Denmark and is pleased that he chose our programme. “The subjects are practical and real world, and the programme also provides great opportunities like the internship programme that gave me overseas experience with one of the world’s top IT companies.”
04 Event Spotlights After some serious discussions, it’s time for some nice refreshments. Our department gathering together, looking up, looking forward! Our academic and administrative staff review the overall programmes and strategies in a relaxing atmosphere at Dameisha. Departmental Retreat of the DepartmentofComputingTheDepartmentofComputing organized a departmental retreat on 28 and 29 August 2009 at Dameisha, China. In a relaxing atmosphere, over 40 academic and administrative staff gathered together to review the department’s overall programmes and strategies, and to discuss the future work of teaching and learning, and research. The purpose of this review is to enhance the department’s general teaching standards and to facilitate the department’s operations as a whole. Major items for discussion were the challenges brought forth by the new 3-3-4 curriculum in 2012, teaching and learning issues in relation to outcome-based education, research strategies that lead to technology transfers, and research competence that attracts external funding or grants. HongKong Electronics Fair 2009 Staff members discussing ideas on how to present their latest projects at the HongKong Electronics Fair 2009, Asia's biggest electronics trade event. TheDepartmentofComputing has showcased its latest projects such as the Palmprint Identification System, Automated Tongue Image Acquisition & Analysis Systems, and Heterogeneous Advanced Wireless networks at the HongKong Electronics Fair 2009, Asia's biggest electronics trade event. Organized by the HongKong Trade Development Council, the fair was held in October, and PolyU was allocated a booth to introduce its latest creations to an international audience. Over 50,000 buyers from more than 150 countries and regions every year were attracted to the fair, making it the largest fair of its kind in Asia and the second largest in the world. PolyU's booth at the fair to introduce its latest creations to an international audience.