The HKPC Academy of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and the Fraunhofer Institute for
Production Technology (Fraunhofer
IPT) from Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 22 March to
launch Hong Kong’s first Professional Diploma Programme in Industry 4.0. The aim
is to strengthen Hong Kong industry awareness of “Industry 4.0” and enhance the
relevant skills of practitioners in the industry.
Accredited as a Qualifications
Framework Level 4 course, the new professional diploma programme comprises
four modules, namely implementation of Industry 4.0, cyber physical systems,
smart automation, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Programme enrolment will start in June and classes will
begin in July. Students are eligible to apply for the Government’s Engineering Training
Subsidy Scheme that would provide a maximum 60% refund on tuition fees for
The “Smart Industry One Consortium” was also launched today
to help Hong Kong companies keep abreast of the latest development in Industry
Initiated by HKPC, the Consortium is a new cross industry
platform to facilitate better and faster information exchange on smart
industry, assisting enterprises to become smart and innovative.
Manufacturers, suppliers and academics can join the
Consortium to enjoy a host of benefits such as Fraunhofer IPT-certified
Industry 4.0 consultant services, free admission to specified Industry 4.0
activities and case sharing seminars, discounts on Industry 4.0 training
courses and study missions, and one-day on-site Industry 4.0 assessment
(corporate members only) etc.
HKPC and Fraunhofer Institute also plan to jointly set up an
Invention Centre at the HKPC Building later this year, to support Hong Kong
enterprises in developing smart products and services.
Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said, “For Hong Kong
companies wishing to jump on the Industry 4.0 bandwagon, they must first have
the necessary personnel and knowledge. With this new professional diploma programme,
Hong Kong workers will be able to acquire the practical knowledge and skills in
the relevant areas of Industry 4.0 so that they can subsequently take them back
to their companies for smooth and effective adoption.”
“The concept of Industry 4.0 which advocates smart
manufacturing and smart city development is in the global spotlight. To help
Hong Kong industry transform into smart enterprises, with the input from HKPC
and Fraunhofer IPT, we are confident that the new programme in Industry 4.0
will enable us to nurture more home-grown professionals and improve the
capability of industry practitioners with the latest knowledge and technology,”
commented Professor Eric Yim, Deputy Chairman of VTC.
Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, Secretary for
Innovation and Technology, Mr Nicholas W Yang, welcomed the VTC becoming the
implementation partner of the new Re-industrialisation and Technology Training
Programme, or the RTTP. The RTTP is a new programme under the HK$500 million
Technology Talent Scheme announced
in the Policy Address last October.
The RTTP will subsidise local companies on a 2 to 1 matching
basis to train their professional and personnel in advanced technologies,
especially those related to Industry 4.0. The other programme – the
Postdoctoral Hub – will subsidise eligible companies to recruit up to two
postdoctoral talents for R&D work. The Government aims to launch both
programmes by the end of the third quarter of 2018.
In the 2018-19 Budget announced
last month, the Hong Kong SAR Government revealed plans to spend over HK$50
billion to support innovation alongside tax cuts and relief measures. This
includes HK$10 billion to support the establishment of 2 research clusters on
healthcare technologies and on AI and robotics technologies. As an incentive, for
the first time the Government will provide financial support for
non-profit-making scientific research institutions that will establish their
presence in these clusters.