With the HKDSE results announcement around the corner, many DSE graduates are thinking about their future. Many aspire to join large corporates. With the development of technology, society increasingly needs “new-collar” talents who can flexibly manage their work. These positions do not necessarily require traditional university degrees, but they do require considerable technical and soft skills. This is exemplified in the IT industry, which is facing a talent shortage.
The Jockey Club Multiple Pathways Initiative – CLAP-TECH Pathway offers a higher diploma programme aimed at cultivating the next generation of “new-collar” IT talents.
The two-year Higher Diploma in Data Science programme, offered by the School of Continuing Education at Hong Kong Baptist University, is supported by IT industry partners such as AutoSimply, CLP, Equinix, IBM, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Towngas, and UBS. The programme is designed with reference to the needs of the IT industry, focusing on the latest developments in the field, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
Students not only learn the theoretical and practical foundations of data science, but also have the opportunity to participate in activities such as IT company visits, workshops, boot camps, career mentorship programmes, and more. Experienced professionals in the IT industry provide professional development guidance, training students in workplace soft skills such as integrity, analytical thinking, collaboration, and leadership.
Students can also participate in an internship programme, with the opportunity for priority interviews and the chance to intern with major companies. This year’s internship programme had more vacancies than the number of students, indicating that the quality of students in the programme is recognised by IT industry professionals.
Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Data Science programme can apply for senior year admission to UGC-funded programmes, including the third-year courses of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics at Hong Kong Baptist University. Graduates can take up the most in-demand positions in the IT industry, such as AI software developers, cybersecurity analysts, and data analysts.
The Higher Diploma in Data Science programme is now open for application.