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PCCW Solutions and City University of Hong Kong join hands to develop smart city solutions and nurture digital technology talent

PCCW Solutions has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to jointly develop smart city solutions and nurture digital technology talent. Leveraging the strong research capabilities of CityU and the proven digital expertise of PCCW Solutions, the collaboration will transform the latest research into real-life industry applications.

Under the first MoU, PCCW Solutions and Hong Kong Institute for Data Science (HKIDS) of CityU will jointly develop innovative solutions using data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies. The strategic research will focus on developing solutions for sustainable urban development, such as smart energy management for industrials, asset health monitoring, predictive maintenance, and traffic flow optimisation for aviation and railway industries. The two parties will also work jointly to commercialise their research deliverables from pilot projects to tackle challenges facing the industries.

The second MoU was signed between PCCW Solutions and School of Data Science (SDSC) of CityU to nurture digital technology talent. PCCW Solutions will offer exclusive placement and internship opportunities to students of SDSC, providing on-the-job training and mentorship programmes to equip them with hands-on experience and cross-industry exposure. Students demonstrating outstanding performance may receive early job offers from PCCW Solutions prior to their graduation.

Mr Jerry Li, Managing Director of PCCW Solutions, said, “As a leading technology services company, we aspire to accelerate smart city development and groom digital technology talent in Hong Kong. We are excited about collaborating with CityU to translate research findings into cutting-edge industry solutions that benefit our clients. We look forward to welcoming CityU students with fresh ideas and creative minds to join the PCCW Solutions family and unleash their potential to thrive in the digital economy. This collaboration will also create a robust environment for our team to foster innovation and co-develop new future-oriented digital solutions.”

In his address, Professor Richard Yuen Kwok-kit, Chief-of-Staff of City University of Hong Kong, shared his excitement in witnessing CityU’s alliance with PCCW Solutions. He said, “We are delighted to collaborate with a leading IT services giant in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia, which not only puts into practice our academic achievements for the betterment of society but also brings real experiences from the industry to the campus, thus nurturing talented data scientists.”

Professor S. Joe Qin, Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Data Science, and Director of Hong Kong Institute for Data Science, City University of Hong Kong, added, “Data science has always been a pioneer discipline when it comes to practical applications. I am glad that the MoU seeks to apply the latest and most advanced research work in the fields of data analytics and artificial intelligence to resolving real-world challenges. We look forward to co-developing useful smart city solutions for Hong Kong. I am confident that our students will play a significant role through proactively participating in internships.”

Source: Press Release