I mentioned in the latest e-newsletter "From the President's Desk" that we need to integrate an international/intercultural dimension into our teaching, research and service functions. I am now sharing my observations in my blog as stated in the newsletter.
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We are delighted that six of our electronic engineering students have been selected as interns by Atos Information Technology (HK) Ltd to serve as assistant IT managers and service desk managers for the 2012 London Olympics this summer. These CityU students were the only ones from the Asia-Pacific region selected by Atos for this global sporting event.
We are also very encouraged by remarks made by Mr Raymond Lee Chi-ming, Managing Director of Atos, who said his company preferred CityU students because they have "solid academic knowledge and a conscientious work attitude, an active learning style, and a willingness to take up additional work and responsibilities".
The impact of globalisation means higher education can no longer be viewed in a strictly national context. We need to integrate an international/ intercultural dimension into our teaching, research and service functions in order to prepare students for the demands of today's global societies, economy and labour markets.
In this 2011–12 academic year, CityU has approximately 750 outbound exchange and 700 inbound exchange students, a 10% increase for both numbers on 2010–11. Our target is to have up to 50% of our students participating in overseas exchange programmes within the next few years.
In addition to international exchanges and internships, the University is launching a number of new initiatives aimed at internationalising our academic programmes. These include a joint BBA degree programme in Accountancy with National Taiwan University, an Executive Master of Business Administration (International) in collaboration with Fudan University, a Double-Diploma PhD programme with École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, and a joint programme of degree studies currently under preparation between our College of Science and Engineering and Columbia University.
Other exciting initiatives include the Global Legal Education and Awareness Project which enables 30 students each semester on the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor programmes to take a tailor-made course at Columbia Law School; and a recently signed MOU between CityU's College of Science and Engineering and the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre at the University of Cambridge will develop deep collaboration in nuclear energy and technology education and research.
Students will become more open, responsive and competitive in the global environment through an education that fosters an international perspective. In addition to enriching their academic and professional knowledge, this perspective encourages multilingualism as well as social and intercultural skills. Let us continue to enhance CityU's internationalisation efforts and promote the development of international standards in all our endeavours.