The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) and Microsoft Hong Kong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering various areas of collaboration, primarily around the integration of AI education in the curriculum.
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The University will work closely with Microsoft Hong Kong to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) elements into the curriculum of its Bachelor of Education programs in mathematics and information and communication technology (ICT).
A new master’s degree program in AI and educational technology will also be developed to prepare students for Microsoft Azure role-based certifications in relation to AI engineers.
EdUHK students from undergraduate, postgraduate diploma in education as well as full-time higher diploma programs need to attain the Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE) as part of the graduation requirements. The collaboration with Microsoft will provide students with additional pathways to attain the ITCE.
One of them, the AI Literacy program will be delivered in the form of self-directed learning with resources from Microsoft and AI literacy workshops provided by EdUHK. To fulfill the requirements, students are expected to complete hands-on practice and produce artifacts on data training on an AI platform.
Finally, EdUHK and Microsoft Hong Kong will explore different future classroom projects to apply AI technology to enhance the effectiveness and impact of learning and teaching.
“The emergence of new technologies is changing and shaping the development of the teaching profession. ICT has become a core competence of teachers, who serve as agents of change in the education sector,” said EdUHK Vice-President (Academic) and Provost Professor John Lee Chi-kin.
“I believe our partnership and collaboration with Microsoft Hong Kong will help strengthen the ICT and AI capacity building of future educators and unleash the potential of innovative pedagogies during this digital era.”
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