Dean's Message
Fall 2013  No.24
Engaging Global Industry Leaders
In April, IEI's inaugural industrial forum entitled "Empowering Our Engineering Talents for Globalized Technology Industries" was held on campus, enabling industry leaders to engage directly with students. Multinational company executives at the event included Ms Umran Beba, President of Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo; Ir Dr Andrew K C Chan, Deputy Chairman, Arup Group; Mr Christopher Gibbs, Engineering Director, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd; and Mr Henry Kwong Hang Leung, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Gold Peak Batteries International Ltd.
Among the top pieces of advice provided by forum speakers were for students to be flexible and willing, to work at developing their communication skills, and to make the most of all the broadening experiences available in their university life. President Prof Tony F Chan also shared his insights into how academic institutions cultivate students to meet the needs of global societies. An open forum following the speeches generated thought-provoking discussion among students, faculty and speakers.
Over 250 participants attended, including more than 50 representatives from industry.