A magnet for talents,
a platform to stimulate
HKU Faculty of Engineering is committed to fostering contemporary engineering education for students to contribute to the industry and addressing the changing needs of the community. In keeping with this commitment, the Faculty is launching an “Innovation Academy” to provide every student with the opportunities and intellectual inspiration to innovate and pursue their engineering passion.
The Innovation Academy is a hub for attracting and cultivating new generation of talents, not only scholars and researchers, but also industry leaders and influencers. It works like an accelerator for inspiration and implementation.
Programmes and activities
A series of programmes and activities on campus will be organized to encourage think-out-of-the-box mindset within students. Activities can be designed to capture three goals: Inspire, Equip and Showcase, and will engage teachers, students and stakeholders like industry advisors.
InnoSpark is a project pitching event for students to present their project ideas and recruit prospective teammates and academic advisors to form student interest groups on a wide range of topics like robotics, artificial intelligence, electric automobiles and healthcare technologies. The learning process helps to improve students’ ability to effectively advocate an idea or project to a large group of audience. It also allows flexibility for students to form their own team and grow their community of interest and passion
Student Initiated Courses
“Learning by teaching” helps to train up students’ confidence, organizational and communication skills. The Student Initiated Course is a student-run experiential activity to design, develop and teach a course on a technology-related topic under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor. Student or student teams may propose class(es) of special interest not covered in formal engineering curriculum.
Innovation Wing will house a number of thematic workshops for advanced technologies and/or research outcomes from pioneering Engineering projects in the Faculty of Engineering. The themes should have global significance like smart technology for better living, advanced and new materials, aviation technology and healthcare technology. The concept is borrowed from writer-in-residence to create opportunities for active exchange and learning.
InnoSharing is a series of forums and dialogues organized to invite guest speakers of diverse backgrounds, such as entrepreneurs, industry partners, researchers or alumni, to share their insights on innovation-related topics and successful stories. The format of the sharing is flexible spanning from talks to one-on-one dialogue to panel discussion.
The Engineering InnoShow is a showcase carnival that celebrates and demonstrates the outcome of learning and creation at the end of every semester. The InnoShow offers a vibrant platform for students to create their own work outside classroom. The showcase also paints a concrete picture of what constitutes an exemplary work in Engineering. Participating students will have the opportunity to illustrate their inventive design, demonstrate their research and projects, harness constructive feedbacks from peers, teachers, industry experts and the public through knowledge exchange, and spin ideas into innovative (re)inventions.
To encourage engineering participation in tackling pressing issues of the time, InnoChallenge will be organized for all HKU Engineering students. Topic and problem set will be identified at the beginning of the year. Professors who are experts in those fields will be invited to provide training workshops.
This problem-based programme develops students' competencies in acquiring and applying knowledge, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and experimental skills. The judging panel will also provide suggestion on areas of improvement for strengthening their soft skills and technical skills.
InnoSupport for Engineering students
The InnoSupport for Engineering students is designed to support student projects with good potential to cover expenses of taking part in external competitions, incubation, entrepreneurship or startup programmes. The Fund will also support students (undergraduates, research postgraduates and taught postgraduates) to take part in prestigious overseas conferences, visits to eminent institutions, and/or attachment to esteemed overseas research laboratories, for the development of their research projects.
To further inspire students with new ideas and strengthen their skillsets and knowledge, overseas experts, makers or innovators will be invited to spend a maximum of one month in the Innovation Academy. Apart from sharing their knowledge and experience with the engineering community through workshops and sharing, the visiting fellows will offer coaching and consultation for students and give advice on student projects.