12th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education Overseas educators gather to explore talent nurturing for developing smart cities
19 September 2018
In partnership with overseas organisations, the Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) hoisted the four-day 12th International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (ISATE) which puts heads together to explore the theme of “Nurturing Professionals for Smart Cities: Way Forward for Technology Education”. Educators of higher education institutions and industry heavyweights from the Mainland, Japan, Singapore and Finland were invited to share their ways to cultivate talents to drive the development of smart cities.
The opening ceremony of the symposium, which was first held in Hong Kong, took place in the Hong Kong Science Park this morning (19 September). Addressing the audience, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) Dr Sunny CHAI said, “Hong Kong Science Park serves as a living laboratory that supports and pilots innovative solutions and the adoption of new technologies. Under the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong, we endeavour to work with Park companies to test and validate innovative smart city applications under the themes of Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart Living and Smart People. We also organise a wide range of activities to nurture and develop different stages of STEM talent, such as theme-based hackathons and incubation programmes. As a catalyst for connecting government, industry, academia and research institutes, we aim to inject new impetus to diversify the economy and create new job opportunities for the younger generation.”
In the welcome address, VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG said, “To align with the Government’s vision in developing Hong Kong as a world-class smart city, VTC has stepped up efforts to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and foster young people with requisite knowledge and skills for a smart future. We actively promote interdisciplinary development and apply innovative technology in teaching and learning, integrating 21st Century skills into the curriculum,” said Dr CHUNG. “Among these is the use of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology which has proved to be successful in opening up new frontiers in learning and teaching, making education more stimulating than ever before.”
As the host institution of the symposium, VTC representatives took part in the discussions and shared how local providers of vocational and professional education and training (VPET) trained up human capital in line with the development of smart cities with the aid of teaching facilities, curriculum development and pedagogical approaches. VTC also arranged participants from overseas for exchange activities and campus tours, showcasing the application of innovative technologies in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
First held in 2017, ISATE provides an exchange platform for higher education institutes of areas like Singapore and Japan. Held in Hong Kong by the IVE Engineering Discipline for the first time, academics from countries including the Mainland, Japan, Singapore, and Finland shared the application of innovative technologies in education and manpower training through seminars and workshops.
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council（VTC）is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.
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