The Dragon & The Beaver
Mrs Monica YUEN Chief Executive and Secretary
Presidential Visit to the UK Chapter
President Ir Ringo Yu visited the UK on 10 - 11 October 2019 and hosted the President\'s Reception in the evening of 10 October 2019 at the Institute of Directors in London. The President was delighted to meet with Presidents and Chief Executives of sister institutions, Committee Members of the UK Chapter, HKIE members residing in the UK and government officials. More than 50 guests and members attended the occasion.
During his stay in London, the President paid courtesy visits to the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to discuss and exchange on engineering issues of common interest. Past President Ir Peter Y Wong and Senior Vice President Ir Dr Yuen Pak-leung also joined the visits. On 11 October 2019, the President was invited to attend a Council meeting of the CIBSE, at which he presented a short speech. He also joined the CIBSE President\'s Award Dinner in the same evening.
Expert seminar on mutual recognition
The Institution was invited by the Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology (GAST) to attend an expert seminar conducted in Futian on 28 September 2019. The seminar was a follow up meeting subsequent to the meeting in Guangzhou on 23 March 2019 to further discuss the mutual recognition of qualifications of engineering and related technical professions in the Greater Bay Area. Ir Dr Edward Lo, Chairman of the Electrical Discipline Advisory Panel (ELL DAP) and Ir W S Tam, a Member of the ELL DAP attended the seminar. GAST expressed its appreciation to the Institution in sharing our experiences of mutual recognition at national and international levels. Ir Dr Lo and Ir Tam also took the opportunity to exchange views with the representatives from the Guangdong Society for Electrical Engineering on the development of the electrical engineering profession in Hong Kong and Guangdong, as well as the similarities and differences in professional recognition requirements between the two places.
Inaugural ceremony for the HKIE Student Chapter at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Haking Wong)
The Institution has established Student Chapters in local higher education institutions. The purpose of setting up these Student Chapters is to encourage and foster a spirit of friendly collaboration amongst members of the Chapter and also to encourage its members to maintain a close link with the Institution and to participate in the HKIE activities. Students Members studying engineering programmes accredited/recognised by the HKIE can join the Student Chapters as members.
We are pleased to report that a new Student Chapter at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Haking Wong) was established during the year, making a total of ten Student Chapters of the Institution. An inaugural ceremony was held on 6 September 2019 and around 80 participants including HKIE members, faculty members and engineering students of IVE (Haking Wong) attended the ceremony. More details about the inaugural ceremony can be found on page 28 of the Journal.
STEM Educational Kits
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is being promoted as a key emphasis in the school curriculum since 2015 by the Education Bureau. To support students and teachers with valuable resources of STEM, in particular engineering knowledge, the Task Force on Promotion of the Engineering Profession to Schools has developed a set of STEM Educational Kits for primary and secondary school students. These include presentation PowerPoints, teaching guidebooks, education workbooks, a comic and animation, and a STEM webpage. The HKIE’s original characters “The Beaver Family” will appear in the Kits and explore in an interesting journey with students about engineering and STEM.
STEM Buddies of the HKIE Engineer Cadet Club Programme and School Ambassadors will make use of the Kits to promote the engineering profession to the younger generation in schools. The Kits are also available on http://www.hkie.org.hk for public access and use.
Promoting the engineering profession to the public
Promoting the engineering profession and the visibility of engineers to the public is a Mission of the Institution. Other than publicity events, competitions organised for primary and secondary students, exhibitions, to name but a few, the Institution has also secured publicity opportunities from the Classified Post and JobsDB to provide engineering-related articles and career advice for posting online. Over the years, Divisions have contributed significantly to the publications of these articles.
To facilitate a better understanding of the industry and engineering issues in society, the Institution actively provides professional views on these matters through responding to media enquiries. In 2019, we have received around 200 media enquiries and over 80% were published or broadcasted. In addition, some of the most in-demand engineering disciplines were introduced in recent media coverages.
Digital version of Hong Kong Engineer
The Institution endeavours to facilitate knowledge exchange and share experiences through various platforms, one of which being this monthly Journal Hong Kong Engineer. An enhancement of the digital version of the Journal will soon be launched.
Mrs Monica YUEN
Chief Executive and Secretary