Strathclyde launches Dual Master’s degree in Hong Kong

Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde Professor Campbell Booth; CLP Power Academy Vice Chancellor Mr Paul Poon; and HKUST’s Vice-President for Research and Development Professor Nancy Ip sign the agreement.

Strathclyde has launched a dual Master's degree in partnership with the CLP Power Academy (CLP) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

The joint academic and industry-run MSc Future Electrical Power System Operation and Management will start in September 2019.

The 30-month, Hong Kong-based programme will involve classroom-based learning and distance/online modules. The programme will comprise seven modules/courses and a 24-month thesis project.

Next generation

The CLP Power Academy is sponsored by CLP Power, a Hong Kong electricity business established in 1901 which serves 80% of the territory’s population.

The CLP Power Academy was launched in 2017 to meet the demand for qualified professional to support the territory’s sustainable development. The Academy runs programmes in cooperation with other education institutions.

The agreement with Strathclyde was signed at a ceremony in Hong Kong on 7 December attended by Professor Campbell Booth, Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Professor Booth said: “This new dual Masters degree will help to train the next generation of highly-skilled engineers and meet the demand for skilled graduates in this field.

Students on the course will benefit from the world-class expertise and facilities at both Strathclyde and at the CLP Power Academy.”

CLP Power Vice Chairman Mrs Betty Yuen said: “This dual master’s degree programme co-offered by CLP Power Academy and the two universities will help engineers and would-be engineers advance their careers and master the knowledge and technology of the power industry through research and practical experience.

“We hope their research projects will also enhance the spirit of innovation in power industry, helping us move together towards a smarter, greener Hong Kong.”

Professor Tim Cheng, Dean of Engineering at HKUST, said: “We at HKUST are delighted and proud to join forces with CLP Power and the University of Strathclyde, both eminent leaders in power engineering, to offer this innovative programme which integrates elements of research with industrial application.

"We are confident that this programme will be a resounding success and serve as the trailblazer for future collaborations in other engineering disciplines.”

The programme is open to people with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, and can be completed within a minimum period of two-and-a-half years through part-time study. Graduates will be awarded both a Master of Philosophy degree from the HKUST and a Master of Science degree from the University of Strathclyde.

Professor Zhiyong Fan, Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, HKUST will serve as the first Director of the Master of Philosophy degree programme. Enrolment of the dual master’s degree programme will begin in March/ April 2019 for the first cohort.