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Microsoft and HKUST to debut Hong Kong’ first AI curriculum

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Microsoft Hong Kong and The School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have introduced Hong Kong’s first MBA elective featuring an AI curriculum.

The initiative is a bid to equip business leaders and organisations with the critical skills, knowledge and culture to succeed in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The HKUST MBA programme, designed in partnership with INSEAD, will feature a new elective based on the online materials provided by Microsoft’s Global AI Business School. These online materials include four key modules: Defining an AI strategy, enabling an AI-ready culture, responsible AI in business, and AI technology for business leaders.

This business-focused course will also be available for students of HKUST MSc programmes with plan to extend to executive education in future.

Microsoft executives will also share knowledge and insights into the latest AI technologies in the programme. In addition, there will be industry case studies, practical guides and technology talks all designed to help organisations be at the cutting edge of AI.

“AI is the defining technology and growth factor in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This requires a culture shift as it changes the relationship between humans and machines, with machines and systems evolving into intelligent collaborators,” said Cally Chan, general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau.

“We are witnessing AI’s transformation of workers and workplaces, and there is a growing desire by MBA students to understand how AI will improve business decisions, processes and productivity,” said Professor Tam Kar-Yan, dean of HKUST Business School.

The AI curriculum will be officially available for MBA students of HKUST Business School in early 2020, and business leaders from local enterprises and organisations can also access the AI curriculum by joining the open executive education programme provided by HKUST.

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