Managers can boost skills with master's

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2008, 12:00am

An internationally recognised programme from Australia's Edith Cowan University is now available for Hong Kong professionals

Professional security managers in Hong Kong will have their learning needs catered to for the first time when Hong Kong CyberU, at Polytechnic University, offers a Master's of Security Management.

It incorporates a graduate diploma in security management and graduate certificate in security management with the School of Engineering and Mathematics at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. The degree will be the same as that awarded to on-campus students of the Edith Cowan University.

The internationally recognised course, which begins next month, is designed for managers seeking to improve their skills and acquire broad and in-depth knowledge in security risk and risk management, security principles, security technology and security management.

The course aims to equip students with relevant knowledge and skills in security management and security technologies necessary for employment in areas such as government security, private sector security, strategic facilities security, retail security, financial institutions security, corporate security and major security organisations.

The programme can be completed in 21/2 to three years of part-time study.

Jeff Corkill, the offshore programme co-ordinator, said the programme, which was first offered by Edith Cowan University in 1989, was 'unique' and that there were no direct comparisons anywhere else in the world.

'It was only a very general programme at first and came about because engineering consulting firms needed to integrate security into systems programmes,' Dr Corkill said.

In time this led to the offering of a bachelor's degree with strong emphasis on engineering and scientific backgrounds which, he said, predated the present management focus.

'There was a natural progression towards a postgraduate programme as people already employed in the security management industry felt the need to upgrade their qualifications, which led to the establishment of a master's programme,' Dr Corkill said.

There will be two intakes of 20 students in February and July each year for the 10-module programme.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution or have significant industry experience. Advancement beyond stage one will depend on their course average being at least 60 per cent, and will have to be approved by the course co-ordinator.

During their studies, students will have to complete a project designed to show how theories can be applied in order to solve problems in the workplace.

Students will receive academic support via the internet, comprehensive study materials and enjoy access to the Edith Cowan University online library. In addition, their studies will be bolstered by classroom-based lectures from Edith Cowan University faculty professors and face-to-face tutorials by local industry professionals at the Polytechnic University campus.

Dr Corkill said that most of those studying for their master's degrees were already employed in middle or senior management and had cemented their place in whichever organisation they worked for, so there was less opportunities for them to study full-time.

'The thing with security is that it is universal,' he said. 'The principles are universally applied regardless of where you might be around the world and all students contribute to the body of knowledge in their domain.' Named after Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to the Australian parliament, the university is noted for its innovative course content, selected research and creative pursuits.

It is the second largest university in Western Australia.

In addition to having more than 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the university has more than 1,600 international students from 60 countries.