Hong Kong’s budding entrepreneurs to get a leg up with new university course

The interdisciplinary programme will include 22 courses from different faculties

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, 5:56pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 April, 2017, 8:04pm

Chinese University is seeking to get in on the ground floor with Hong Kong’s budding entrepreneurs by offering the city’s first minor programme in the area.

From the next academic year, which commences in September, first and second-year undergraduate students will be able to enrol in CUHK’s entrepreneurship and innovation programme.

With 22 courses, students will learn business models, management skills, history, legal consulting and even the psychology of creativity. The course will also include internship opportunities and visits to Israel and the Silicon Valley in the US – both hubs for start-up and technology firms.

Co-director of the programme, Professor Wong Kam-fai, said the course stemmed from an exercise that began around a decade ago to pair students up from different faculties for interdisciplinary competitions.

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“After years of doing this, we thought, why don’t we turn this into a permanent thing? And that’s how the idea came to life,” he said.

Wong, from the engineering faculty, teamed up with Andy Wong Ka-chat, from CUHK’s business school, and began reaching out to other faculties.

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“We were like merchandisers – we went around the university to see how we could absorb different courses into the programme. This is a rare practice in tertiary institutions,” Andy Wong said.

“We want our students to think with a creative mind and find solutions in society,” Wong Kam-fai said. “This can be applied anywhere and not necessarily in business management only.”