2016年3月22日星期二

HKQF Conference - "Collaboration with EQF and Implementation of CAT"

The QF Conference for Mobility and Progress: Collaboration with EQF and Implementation of CAT was co-organized by Education Bureau (EDB) of the Government of the HKSAR and Qualifications Framework Secretariat (QFS) of Hong Kong on 22 March 2014. Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) was a supporting organization. The conference aims to promote programme collaboration and articulation amongst stakeholders, including education and training providers, professional bodies, companies, unions and others. All conference participants would be invited to visit exhibitions, exploring opportunities for collaboration and articulation in the context of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT). Before the conference, Mr. Matthew Yien (HKQF – ITAC Secretary) and I (Former Chairman, HKSQ) took a photo for memory.


In the beginning, Mr. Eddie NG, SBS, JP (Secretary for Education, HKSAR Government) gave a welcoming address. He briefed the comparability study of the Hong Kong Qualification Framework (HKQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).


The results of comparability study between HKQF and EQF was showed as following table.


The new guideline named “Policy, Principles and Operational Guidelines for Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) under Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong” had just issued.  


Group photo


The conference separated into two panels. The first Panel topic was “International Dimension of HKQF: Mobility of Learners and Employees arising from EQF Study”. Mr. Anthony CHAN (Project Co-ordinator, Education Bureau) was the panel facilitator.

The first speaker was Dr. Eva CHENG (Senior Manager, Qualifications Framework Secretariat) (1st Right) and her presentation entitled "Comparability Study of the HKQF and the EQF". She briefed the aim of comparability study were to foster economic cooperation and collaboration between HK and Europe, as well as, to provide a platform for further QF development.


Dr. Eva Cheng introduced that the study had FOUR stages and FIVE principles below:
FOUR stages methodology
1. Analysing the purpose, governance, structure, operation, and QA of two frameworks
2. Carrying out a detailed level-to-level comparison of the level descriptors of the two frameworks
3. Conducting a reality check with qualification types
4. Consulting local and international experts
FIVE principles
1. Transparent framework governance
2. Level-to-level comparability
3. Outcomes-based learning
4. Clear and transparent mechanisms for inclusion of qualifications on QF
5. Robust underpinning QA arrangements in line with international principles


Finally, Dr. Cheng briefed their future plan included further cooperation and collaboration with Europe at different levels and communicated of this study findings with different stakeholders.


The second speaker was Prof. Chetwyn CHAN (Associate Vice-President, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) (2nd Right) and his presentation was "HKQF and the EQF: Implications to Stakeholders". He said there were three implications of the results included Educational Institutions, Learners, Employers and Professional Associations/Unions. For education sector, Prof. Chan said internationalization of Hong Kong students through outbound exchanges and diversity of student population through inbound students so as to enrich students’ learning experiences (because of credit transfers cross Hong Kong and European Institutions).


The third speaker was Ms. Dorte KRISTOFFERSEN (Executive Director, HKCAAVQ) (Middle) and her topic named “Mobility of Learners and Employees arising from EQF Study – From a QA Perspective”. She said the QF comparability through international conventions such as Lisbon Recognition Convention (1997) and Bologna Process (1999) that National QFs were linked to EQF.


She concluded the use of the comparability study was one building block in establishing a zone of trust between education and training systems in Europe and Hong Kong but it contained limitations such as automatic recognition.


The last speaker of the 1st panel was Mr. Xavier LESTRADE (Chief Life Insurance Officer, AXA China Region Insurance Co., Ltd.) (2nd Left) and his presentation topic was “Experience of AXA”. Firstly, Mr. Lestrade introduced AXA and it employed 161,000 staff and 52,000 AXA Advisors. In Hong Kong, there were more than 1,100 employees and 5,000 AXA advisors. Mr. Lestrade said AXA core distribution strategy included Professionalism, Innovation and Digital.


Then Mr. Lestrade introduced AXA Academy and its cooperation with HKQF to launch Level 3 certificate courses. Its implications included to provide opportunities for AXA employees and advisors to enrich their qualifications throughout their professional career, to reinforce the foundation of international mobility between Hong Kong and Europe, as well as, to transfer of AXA global best practices in learning and development both in technical and client facing positions.


During tea break, we visited the CAT Marketplace.


We visited OUHK and took a photo with Dr. George HK Lau (Asso. Professor & Programme Leader (Testing & Certification), School of Science and Technology, OUHK), Mr. Matthew Yien (HKQF – ITAC Secretary) and Ms. Fanny Tang (Lecturer, OUHK).


The second Panel topic was “Dialogues between Academia and Employers: Credit, CAT and Collaboration under HKQF”. Mr. Patrick PANG (General Manager, Qualifications Framework Secretariat) was the panel facilitator. (1st Right)

Prof. Isabella WY Poon (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) (2nd Right) was the first panelist. Prof. Poon stated that CUHK supported lifelong learning in HKQF context.


Prof. Poon said vertical transfer through CAT usually from Level 4 and Level 5. Then Prof. Poon introduced CUHK graduate attributes included Knowledge (K), Professional and generic skills (S), Attitude and values (V).  


Then she mentioned the CUHK credit unit system that Ug minimum requirement was 123 units in which 1 indicated 1 contact hour per week, 0.5 to 2 off-class learning hours per week, 1.5 to 3 learning hours per week and over a term of some 13-14 weeks (around 21 – 42 hrs). The core requirement of Senior Year (SY) entrants were discussed as following table.


The second panelist was Dr. Lawrence Chan (Deputy Executive Director, Vocational Training Council). Firstly, Dr. Chan introduced VTC which established in 1982. There were 13 member institutions providing comprehensive vocational and professional education and training (VPET) and seamless progression pathway for career advancement and lifelong learning.  


Then Dr. Chan briefed the 21st Century Student Competencies included “Integrated Person”, “Forever Learner”, “Positive Contributor” and “Global Citizen”.


The third panelist was Mr. David LEUNG (Head of Operations Training, MTR Corporation Ltd.) and his topic entitled "Achieving Professional Excellence – T&D Practices in MTR". Mr. Leung said “Our mission is to support in successful achievement of Corporation’s Railway business objectives and Operating Agreement through provision of centralized High Quality and Cost-Effective railway training.


Mr. Leung told us their core elements were Strategy, Process and People. They serviced more than 17,000 staff in Hong Kong and 18,000 in global. In 2015, total number of class delivered in Hong Kong was more than 7,000. Then mtrAcademy was introduced and its services included “Operations Training”, “Management Training” and “Development Scheme”.


The fourth panelist was Mr. Patrick Wong (Executive General Manager, HAECO) (2nd Left) and he introduced HAECO Group milestones since 1950s. Their services included Airframe Services, Cabin Solutions, Component Services and Engine Services.


Then Mr. Wong mentioned HAECO Group Learning Centre and they conducted 4,010 technical training courses in 2014 and 59,900 students had been trained. Their trainee programs were show as follows:
- Graduate Trainee Programmes included Licence Stream, Technical Stream, General Stream and Specialist Stream
- Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic Trainee Programme (Diploma, VTC)
- Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman Trainee Programme (DSE Graduate, IVE)


Dr. Aaron CHIANG (Head of Human Resources & Administration, Hong Yip Service Co., Ltd.) was the last panelist. Dr. Chiang introduced this company profile firstly.


And then he introduced the structure of Hong Yip People Development Academy in the following diagram. Hong Yip was the first company in the property management industry accredited by the HKCAAVQ to offer training programmes from Level 1 to Level 3 of the Qualifications Framework since June 2010. They also participated Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CAT) through collaboration with Caritas, VTC and HKCT.  


In afternoon session, there were two parallel sessions. Workshop entitled "CAT Implementation by HKCAAVQ" which I joined. The other one was QR Operators’ Briefing by HKCAAVQ


During the workshop, we had group discussion about CAT in some simulated cases including SCS-based Programmes and Outcome-based Programmes.


Reference:
Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) - http://www.hkqf.gov.hk/guie/home.asp
Report on the Comparability Study of HKQF and EQF - https://www.hkqf.gov.hk/en/news/whats_new/index_id_91.html
Policy, Principles and Operational Guidelines for Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) - https://www.hkqf.gov.hk/filemanager/common/CAT/C.A.T.%20Booklet.pdf


2016年3月19日星期六

HKSTP the 2nd Briefing Session on HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups

The 2nd Briefing Session of HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups was coorganized by Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) on 18th Mar 2016. In order to nurture and support local technology start-ups, HKSTP and HKQAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 24 March 2015.  This collaboration aimed to strengthen the support and network for technology companies, helping them develop innovative business, fostering knowledge transfer and boosting their competitiveness.   Before the briefing, we took a group photo for memory.
(Left: Ms. Mona Li (HKQAA), I and Mr. Nic Chan(HKQAA))


The 1st Briefing Session was held on 25 Jan 2016 and then HKSTP Quality Startup Workshop was performed on 25 Feb 2016.  The workshop aimed to share HKSTP records which fulfilled the registration scheme 25 questions requirements in order to accelerate the learning process for our incubatees.


In the beginning, I briefed the background of the scheme and how HKSTP Quality System Unit could help them to fulfill the requirement in which three parties were involved and they were HKSTP, HKQAA & HKSQ.  I also shared my experience to assist our incubatees achieving different ISO standards including ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 17025, etc.


Then Ms. Mona Li (HKQAA) briefed the 25 Questions one by one and explained their requirements.


We were planned to arrange the 2nd HKSTP Quality Startup Workshop for the participants before the HKSTP Graduation Ceremony of Incubation Programmes on 31 Mar 2016.


Reference:
HKSTP - http://www.hkstp.org/
HKQAA Hong Kong Registration - Start-ups - http://hkqaa.org/en_regservice.php?catid=13
20150324: HKSTP Graduation Ceremony of Incubation Programmes & MOU with HKQAA - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2015/03/hkstp-graduation-ceremony-of-incubation.html
20160125: HKSTP Briefing Session on HKQAA Hong Kong Registration – Start-ups - http://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2016/01/hkstp-briefing-session-on-hkqaa-hong.html



2016年3月18日星期五

ASTRI – HPE Conference on Big Data and Analytics for Smart City

ASTRI and HP Enterprise (HPE) co-organized the Conference named “Big Data and Analytics for Smart City” on 18 March 2016 in Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks.  HP predicted that Big Data’s value could be unleashed for business users by condensing it and intelligently presenting only what was relevant and contextual to the problem at hand.  Before the conference, a group photo was taken.


In the beginning, Mr. MY Wong (Chairman of the Board, ASTRI) gave a welcome speech.  He expected the Big Data Analytics could transform City to Smart City.


Then Mr. Allen Yeung (Government CIO) gave an opening remark.  He said AlphaGo story last week demonstrated how AI employed Big Data Analytics.  And he also used Hong Kong Observatory and Hong Kong Airport as example to explain how Big Data cooperation to create values.  Finally, he asked us to think what City would look like after 5 to 10 years.


The first speaker was Ms. Cally Chan (Managing Direcor, Hong Kong & Macao, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)) and her topic named “Accelerating Possibilities”.  Firstly, she introduced ASTRI – HPE Information Technology Research Centre which established in Dec 2013 and its aim to promote New Technology Adoption and Big Data Analytic.


Then she briefed the trend of Big Data and identified the technology and skills gap.  Ms. Chan used Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport as example to explain the tourist density data used for Wifi coverage design.  She concluded “Today is the beginning. We are looking forward for more collaborative effort with different parties to create success for Smarter Hong Kong, Smarter Living.”  


The second speaker was Mr. Jason Tan (Director of HPE Labs Singapore) and his topic was “Bamboo – Single Platform of Big Data Analytics”.  He briefed the evolving world of data such as Data as Service and Data as Business.  However, he also pointed out three challenges below.
-          Access to Multiple Data Sources
-          Limited Data Scientist

-          High Barrier to Entry


Then Mr. Tan introduced Bamboo which linked the intelligence in One Platform included Resources Management, Orchestrate Analtyics Jobs, Visualize Results and Collaborate.


Prof. Helen Meng (Professor & Chairman, SEEM Dept., & Director of Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, CUHK) was the last speaker and her presentation entitled “Big Data Decision Analytics @ CUHK”. 


Firstly, Prof. Meng briefed the Big Data’s 4V – Volume, Veriety, Veracity and Velocity.  She said “Smart City is Big Data for Citizens’ Wellbeing.”


And then Prof. Meng introduced six illustrations in CUHK below.
1 – Visual Analytics for Global Trends in Cancer Incidence
2 – Monitoring Lifestyle Modification using Wearable Health Devices
3 – Back to the Future: Sense-and-Respond Public Transit for Historic Urban Centres
4 – Catchup
5 – Digital Learning

6 – The Water-Energy-Food Nexus


Finally, she concluded that Big Data Analytics afforded a new paradigm for addressing transdisciplinary grand challenges and provided some illustrations of CUHK’s efforts in Big Data Decision Analytics. 


At the end, Dr. Frank Tong (CEO, ASTRI) gave a closing remark.


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2016年3月17日星期四

HKSTP TecONE Seminar on Creative Design Add Value to Innovative Technology

The TecONE seminar named “How does Creative Design Add Value to your Innovative Technology” was organized by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) on 17th March 2016.  ARTOP GROUP is one of Science Park companies shared how to add value to product with industrial design that took account of aesthetics, usability, ergonomics and so forth, to demonstrate why creative design could optimize product function, style and appearance for better commercial value.


The first speaker was Mr. Savio Lai (Operating Director, ARTOP GROUP) and he introduced their company background to us.  The design service process of ARTOP were Orientation (定位), Design (設計), Achieve (實現) and Value (價值).

Then he shared many projects from their different customer and Huawei was one of their long-term customers and their cooperation started for design first commercial 3G mobile phone since 2004.


The second speaker was Mr. Keung () (Chief Designer, ARTOP GROUP) and his topic was Mutual Benefit Design (共生的設計).


Firstly, he explained the Product 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 to us below.
Product 1.0 – It depends on efficiency through resource competition.
Product 2.0 – It focuses on Product Quality and target customer.

Product 3.0 – It considers on Individual experience through internet and big data analysis.


Then Mr. Keung compared the economic, organization and man to explain their management philosophy.  He also mentioned six resource plates included Investment, co-work spare, training, internet technology, research and product chain design.


After that Mr. Keung explained that the role of traditional designer was only the part of research.  But modern designer needed to consider the whole industrial chain from market development to research to sale and maintenance. 


Finally, Mr. Keung briefed the 2 hour Shenzhen Resource Region in which included all supply chain for your innovative product realization.


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