MOU signed on Lingnan University’s introduction of a new undergraduate programme in Data Science
24 May 2018
Lingnan University will introduce a new undergraduate programme in Data Science namely the LEO Dr David P Chan Data Science Undergraduate Programme starting from the 2019/20 academic year. This self-financed programme is supported by Lingnan Education Organization Limited (LEO) and Dr David P Chan, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today (24 May).
In his address at the MOU signing ceremony, Mr Rex Auyeung Pak-kuen, Chairman of the Council of Lingnan University pointed out that the application of data science has increasing contributions to the economic development of Hong Kong. “The University Grants Committee has encouraged universities to offer more data science and big data related programmes in order to nurture related talents. The data science undergraduate programme established by Lingnan University not only highlights a balanced coverage of subjects in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics and Statistics, but with a strong liberal arts foundation to enable students to master professional knowledge and develop communication skills, ability of problem solving and critical thinking. Our students will be able to face different challenges in future learning or career.” He also thanked the generous support from LEO and Dr David P Chan.
Dr David P Chan said in his address that data science could help non-professionals to solve problems and assist in research of different disciplines. He believes that data science plays an important role in commercial competition and there is great demand in the society. “I hope that my donation will help Lingnan to nurture young people who are interested in data science.”
In his speech, Mr Patrick Wong Chi-kwong, Chairman of LEO said he agreed with the idea to establish the new programme as it is important to nurture talents in the era of big data. He hopes Lingnan can seize the opportunity, cultivate outstanding professionals and contribute to the society with a view to demonstrate the Lingnan Spirit.
In his note of thanks, Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University pointed out that the new programme will be launched in the 2019/20 academic year. It will be offered and managed by the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences, Faculty of Business, with support from other departments and units of the University. “The programme will tentatively enroll 30 students each year to ensure the close staff-student relationship and interactive learning experience. We will run the programme with the donation from LEO and Dr Chan, as well as the reserved fund from the University for the first four years. We hope the programme could become an UGC-funded programme within four years.”