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Alibaba Cloud Partners with HKU Business School to Introduce First Undergraduate Credit Course in Cloud Computing

Future business leaders to be trained in entrepreneurial and practical technology skills

Hong Kong SAR, April 18, 2023 – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, together with HKU Business School, today jointly announced the first credit course “Cloud Computing: Essential and Application in Entrepreneurship” for undergraduate students, exploring “a business world on cloud”. Alibaba Cloud is the first enterprise partner of HKU Business School to participate in credit course design and teaching.

Through this unique partnership, the course will enable students to experience real-life scenarios involving cloud technology while providing them with technological resources and industry insights. The partnership underscores Alibaba Cloud’s commitment to empowering digital talent development in Hong Kong.

Alibaba Cloud and HKU Business School signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will also grant benefits to students including free registration in the Alibaba Cloud Certified Associate - Cloud Computing exam; access to over 300 AAEP (Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Program) online courses in cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence (AI); and resources for teachers and students participating in the course to experience first-hand how cloud computing works.

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Professor Hongbin Cai, Dean and Chair of Economics of HKU Business School (left), and Leo Liu, General Manager of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence (right), signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

“The MoU that we are signing today focuses on nurturing future talent and leaders, a mutual effort by HKU Business School and Alibaba Cloud to provide students with various learning opportunities. This impeccable programme will give our students a chance to learn from some of the most talented professionals in the industry and gain insights into the latest trends and developments, equipping themselves with real world skills. We look forward to a fruitful and productive partnership with Alibaba Cloud, and creating positive impacts in the world together.” said Professor Hongbin Cai, Dean and Chair of Economics of HKU Business School.

“As Hong Kong’s continues to develop into a premier innovation and technology hub, we are delighted to be partnering with the HKU Business School to advance local talent development and prepare students for a world in which cloud technology will play a key role in delivering both business and societal value. We look forward to the launch of our course and continuing to find new and innovative ways to promote technology adoption and empower the next generation of business leaders,” said Leo Liu, General Manager of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

The course “Cloud Computing: Essential and Application in Entrepreneurship” with a total of six course credits, will be available starting in September 2023, with around 40-50 undergraduate students from HKU Business School as well as other faculties expected to participate in the course each semester. The curriculum will leverage Alibaba Cloud Academy resources to introduce key cloud computing concepts as well as apply real industry case studies to help students learn. Each course will conclude with students developing a business plan that incorporates cloud technologies.

Alongside the course, regular seminars and workshops will be held for students to understand how cloud computing can help the business community in Hong Kong thrive through digital transformation. Topics including Web3, FinTech and sector-specific case studies will be featured in these events.

Alibaba Cloud has committed in supporting talent development in Hong Kong. In November 2022, the cloud provider launched its Cloud Talent Program in the city providing over 2,000 students with access to more than 300 free training courses covering cloud computing, data analytics, AI and machine learning, and helping them obtain relevant Alibaba Cloud certifications.

About HKU Business School

Established in 2001, HKU Business School is the youngest and most dynamic member of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). The School strives to nurture first-class business leaders and foster academic and relevant research to serve the needs of Hong Kong, China and the rest of the world in the new Asia-led economy. As a top international business school in Asia, the School engages leading scholars from all corners of the globe and they instil in students global knowledge with an Asian perspective. The School attracts top students from Hong Kong and beyond, recording the highest proportion of non-local undergraduate students amongst all Faculties at HKU.

HKU Business School offers a full spectrum of business education, and has achieved remarkable growth in faculty strength and research capability in the last two decades. In February 2023, the School topped the rank of UTD Research Rankings in Asia in 2021 and 2022; its full-time MBA has been ranked Asia’s no. 1 in the World MBA Rankings released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for 10 years. The School has well-established and strategic partnership with world renowned universities and corporate partners, providing market-oriented content, superior learning and instrumental resources for our students.

To better serve our students and alumni in various cities and regions and facilitate collaboration opportunities with business communities around the globe, HKU Business School has established a unique international network that extends to Beijing, Shenzhen, Vietnam and Tel Aviv. The School is well-positioned to be a leading, globally-impactful academic institution of business and economics.

HKU Business School is fully accredited by the European Quality Improvement Systems (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Visit us at https://www.hkubs.hku.hk/

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