BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence
International students

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Programme (taught in English) 4-year full-time degree programme in AI
with information and computing technology, and interdisciplinary applications with Catholic values
taught by caring staff with diverse expertise and passion
Career AI graduates are highly in demand globally in many different professions. Employment and postgraduate study opportunities are abundant in whatever city one may move to
Apply for admission successful completion of high school education in a 12-grade school system more
English proficieny more
Professionals IT professionals (already had degree) to study AI or apply for Year 3 entry more
International student information tuition/scholarship, visa, travel, hostel/accommodation
Exchange student program Optional
Internship Optional
Why BScAI at Caritas?


BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence

Extraordinarily promising opportunities with new technologies such as machine learning, multimedia, virtual reality, Augmented Reality and cloud solutions and others, which continues to reshape AI space and enhance digital entertainment technologies (DET) beyond the current practices. AI and DET now play leading roles in the academia, industry, commerce, healthcare, education, management, government, smart city.

Benefits to pursue AI degree programme:

Our AI Programme is taught by caring staff with diverse expertise and passion to nurture high-tech professionals to serve the society with dignity of the individual, morality, and family values.

Staff:

Why Catholic values in science and technology?


The gifts of human intelligence have enabled many innovations and tools in AI, IT, and design that continues to improve and affect human lives tremendously. Yet these powerful tools may also be misused such as in addiction, in pornography, in the culture of death, and in fierce competitions to prosper at the expense of defeating others. Authentic Catholic teaching encourages to live out Christian faith of love, care and helping each other in the use of high-tech in one's profession in life in serving other people and the common good of the society.

Dean's Message


Professor H. Anthony CHAN, IEEE Fellow

Both BSc (Honors) in Artificial Intelligence and BSc (Honors) in Digital Entertainment Technology are in fast growth areas with many jobs and career options. Students will be equipped with fundamentals in computing and information science, and will learn AI or design from basic concepts, technologies, and applications in many fields. The expertise of our staff spans diverse and important areas including machine learning, deep learning, digital entertainment, multimedia, data science, design, Internet, communication network, standards, and ICT industry. Being active in research in these areas, our staff pay attention to ease of understanding and care for students in teaching.

Computing and information technologies are the enables to become a professional to innovate, create and design new and more useful products and services to improve human. New technologies in artificial intelligence, multimedia, virtual reality, and cloud have arisen, and newer technologies will continue to emerge. It is interesting to acquire and appreciate such new knowledge with opportunities to innovate as such a professional in demand globally.

I have enjoyed such an exciting career myself, having worked in both industry and academia overseas and having changed area of expertise multiple times as needs in industry changes. I intend to nurture students with understanding of the industry and with capability to take up new challenges to contribute to the society professionally and ethically.

My motto: I do not possess anything; all I have is only borrowed from God so that I may serve others.

Program Objectives


The program objectives are:

  1. to help students acquire the state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI), and to practice applying them in multiple useful disciplines;
  2. to nurture AI professionals with expertise and ethical values in designing, planning, and executing solutions to problems/products/services with sound and logical judgments;
  3. to prepare students to contribute to the society in the globally expanding AI job market or to continue with postgraduate study.

Special Features of the Programme


(a) As more and more companies are investing in AI technology during this global race in AI efforts and adoption, the current global shortage of AI talents is increasing. This programme takes a newer approach:

  1. to make AI interesting to learn
  2. to begin learning AI concepts earlier without much pre-requisite
  3. to learn through multiple disciplines of application in varied areas
  4. to share practical experience from industry

(b) The programme is delivered by staff experienced both in the industry and academia.

(c) The programme is supported with a ‘distributed AI laboratory’ for interdisciplinary research and education, which is being established with IDS funding under RGC.

(d) This laboratory is accessible by all schools of CIHE, to encourage horizontal developments of AI research and education across such areas as health sciences, business and hospitality management, social services, creative industries and humanities where the Institute has expertise in place.

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Program, students should be able to:

  1. Apply information technology in different production/service environments;
  2. Identify, formulate and solve AI-related problems;
  3. Design and execute artificial intelligence systems and methods for different applications;
  4. Evaluate and apply AI solutions in different disciplines to both professionals and the general public;
  5. Demonstrate high ethical standards when fulfilling personal and professional responsibilities;
  6. Communicate and collaborate effectively in English and Chinese with peers, professionals and other stakeholders in formal and informal settings;
  7. Apply teamwork skills and work effectively within a team; and
  8. Demonstrate broad perceptual and conceptual horizons and knowledge of life and a global perspective.
Career Prospects


The current lack of AI expertise is accounting for the soar in AI wages. In China, while experienced (3-5 years) AI leaders salaries are typically US$150,000 per year , starting positions for AI graduates ranges almost US$50,000-100,000 per year.

The shortage of AI workforce results from many companies adopting AI technology. On the other hand, comprehensive AI education had not yet begun at the bachelor level until 2018. Lacking bachelor scale formal AI education, some competent individuals have been learning on their own to acquire AI experience in AI project at work or with (PhD) thesis research. Companies in China has to offer well over US$100,000 per year to attract these professionals.

The jobsDB job search website is showing hundreds of AI/ML jobs per month.

Example jobs include:

International students

Admission for the BSc(Hons)AI and BSc(Hons)DET in the School of Computing and Information Sciences (CIS), Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong(CIHE), is open to all internatinal students. With the high demand for admission placements, qualified international students are given special considerations and equal opportunities.


General Admission Requirements for International students

Generally, the applicant should have successfully completed high school education in a 12-grade school system (also known as secondary school or upper/senior secondary school in some countries). It will include basic STEM courses and sufficient preparation in English proficiency to enable study in this degree program with lectures taught in English. Performance based on school transcript will be evaluated individually.

Applicant should meet (1) the English proficiency requirement and (2) the minimum requirement in any of the following examination:

Examination Minimum Requirements
1 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Second Tier grade
2 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (AL) Grade E or Above in 3 A-level subjects
3 GCE Advanced Level (AL) plus
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level (O/L)
Grade E or Above in 2 A-level subjects plus five (5) passes in GCE-OL/GCSE/IGCSE
4 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Plus High School Transcript (a) A combined score of 1,650 (2400-point scale), OR
(b) 1,190 (new 1600-point scale) in SAT Reasoning Test Plus High School Transcripts
5 ACT plus High School Transcript A composite of 22 in ACT, plus Higher School Transcript
6 International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) International Baccalaureate Diploma OR equivalent
English Language requirements

International applicants should meet the minimum requirements in any of the following national Examinations:

Examination Minimum Requirements
1 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (AL) or
GCE AS-level English Language
Grade E
2 General Certificate of Education (GCE) (O/L) /GCSE/ IGCSE English Language Grade C
3 English Language Test in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) A score of 100 (out of 150)
4 International English Language Test System (IELTS) An overall score of 5.5
5 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) A score of 79 in TOEFL internet-based test Or 213 in computer-based test
or 550 in paper-based test.
6 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Level 8 in SAT Reasoning Test Essay or Have obtained an equivalent qualification.
7 International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language Level 4
Applicants with Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree in Related areas

Year 3 entry requirements

Facing the huge demand of AI expertise, an applicant who has completed associate degree program in information and communication technologies (ICT) may apply for admission at Year 3 entry. In additional, with the fast changes in ICT one who has completed associate degree or bachelor degree in ICT areas may apply for admission at Year 3 entry to learn and obtain credentials in AI to upgrade one's career path.

An applicant with related bachelor degree programme may obtain credit transfer for nearly all Year 1 / Year 2 and many more Year 3 / Year 4 courses in recognition of their prior learning experience.

An applicants holding related Associate degree programme qualifications may obtain credit transfer from most Year 1 / Year 2 courses only and may typically start their studies at Year 3 of the BScAI Programme.

One may also complete the AI courses without meeting BScAI requirements to receive certificate in AI instead.

Applicant may also need to meet English proficiency requirement.

NOTE: Such candidates are required to submit photocopies of their certificates and transcripts during application and present the original of same during registration upon successful admission.

Applicants with Associate Degree in Unrelated areas

Year 2 entry requirements

Applicants holding the following qualifications can obtain credit transfer from some Year 1 / Year 2 courses in recognition of their prior experience through the granting of advanced standing upon admission, and may typically start their studies at Year 2 of the BScDET Programme:

  • have successfully completed an Associate Degree (AD) / Higher Diploma (HD) programme (in any discipline) pitched at QF Level 4 that is approved by the Institute; OR
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification.
  • Applicant may also need to meet English proficiency requirement.

    NOTE: Such candidates are required to submit photocopies of their certificates and transcripts during application and present the original of same during registration upon successful admission.

    How to Apply

    Applying to Caritas to study AI or DET is an easy process. We promptly respond to all applications within the shortest possible time

    Applications can be submitted online via the Institute/College Online Application System, please refer to:Online Application System.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview. Please upload the following documents to the Institute/College Online Application System Online Application System, while submitting the online application:

    Tuition/Fess/International students scholarship

    The annual non-local student tuition fee for the 2020-21 intake of the 4-year BScAI (or BScDET) programme is HK$96,310. (Exchange rate: HK$7.78 = US$1)

    The international students scholarship is currently available in BScDET and BScAI programme.

    Information for International Students Arriving Hong Kong
    Visa/Immigration Information

    The processing of your Hong Kong student visa is currently carried out by Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE), upon submission of the required documents to the Registry.

    Once your tuition/fees are paid and your registration is completed, Registry will request from you, the relevant documents for student visa processing

    Any change to the current arrangement will be communicated to the prospective students

    For details of the application process of Student Visa/Entry Permit, please visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department website Student Visa

    Travel

    You may book your one-way or return ticket directly with any airline transiting your country and Hong Kong. You can also book through travel Agents such as TRIP.COM: For details regarding TRIP.COM, please visit this link

    TRIP.COM

    Please study the Covid-19 restriction guidelines provided by the Department of Health, specifically, visit this link: Inbound Travel before booking your ticket

    The Government of Hong Kong has categorized places into different groups according to certain risk factors for both boarding and compulsory quarantine. NOTE that these classifications are not fixed but are constantly updated

    Where you need clarifications, do not hesitate to contact your level advisers

    Quarantine

    The quarantine period can be 7 days, 14 days, 21 days or more, depending on the category you (your country) belong. Also note that transits through some countries for more than 2 hours can change your category and eventually your quarantine period

    Detail information on boarding requirements, quarantine and post quarantine instructions are available online: Inbound Travel

    Hong Kong ID

    It is required that you obtain your Hong Kong ID within the first 3-4 weeks of your arrival in Hong Kong. Note that without the Hong Kong ID, securing accommodation, opening of Bank Account, accessing medical facilities, etc, may be difficult

    You can book for your ID immediately you arrive your quarantine hotel. To do so, simply following the steps below:

    Your landing page will be Appointment booking for Hong Kong Smart Identity Card

    Click "Online appontment booking for Hong Kong identity card application and form filling" Online Appointment booking for Identity Card Application

    Select: “Make Appointment” and fill in your details accordingly. It is advisable that you make a note of your appointment date and time and report about 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

    Required Documents for Online Appointment Booking (Hong Kong ID)

    Usually your international passport and proof of address. For proof of address, you can use the address of your quarantine hotel during online booking.

    Accomodation

    Hostel

    Limited spaces are available for international students at the hostels under Caritas.

    Other accomodation

    Getting a suitable accommodation can be challenging sometimes, however, using online housing advertisement Agents can lessen your burden

    The following links can help in your search for accommodation. They can also be installed on your mobile devices as Apps:

    While you intensify your search for accommodation during your quarantine period, you may need to stay in hotel/guest house for few days after completing your quarantine. This arrangement will allow you the opportunity to make the best choice of accommodation

    These hotels/guest houses are usually cheaper than the quarantine designated hotels (about HK$200/day or more), especially if you book through agents such as Trip.com, Agoda, and others not isted here

    NOTE: In some instances, you may have to make online payment for hotel/guest house, while others will allow you pay at the reception desk. For your permanent accommodation, do not pay for any accommodation you have not sighted or sign a lease agreement for.

    Opening a bank account

    You can open and operate bank account in Hong Kong with almost no initial deposit provided you present the required documents.

    Basically, most Hong Kong Banks; Bank of China Hong Kong, HSBC, Hang Seng Bank, etc; will request the following documents for account opening:

    Once your bank account is setup, you can request the banks to set up e-banking services and ATM card for future use.

    Student ID
    Your student ID will be provided upon completion of your registration with the Registry. You can also check for the availability of your student card with Student Affairs Department in level 2 (CIHE).
    COVID-19 Test/Vaccination
    Detailed Information on the COVID-19 vaccination Programme can be found here: Covidvaccine

    Go through the link to select your preferred vaccine, vaccination venue, including date and time

    Complete the online booking using your Hong Kong ID. You might need to set a reminder for date and time of vaccination. Note that booking for COVID-19 test also applies

    COVID-19 Vacination Declaration
    It is mandatory for all students to upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to CIHE websites using this link Covidchk

    REMINDER to always contact your level advisers when in doubt.

    Enquiries


    School of Computing and Information Sciences:

    Office Telephone: (852) 3702 4211

    WhatsApp: (852) 5269 3846

    Email: cis-info@cihe.edu.hk

    WeChat ID: wxid_ohv675ayadso52

    Public Affairs Office:

    Office Telephone: (852) 3702 4388

    Email: pao@cihe.edu.hk

    Campus Address:

    2 Chui Ling Lane, Tseung Kwan O, N.T. (Exit B, Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station)

    Programme Structure


    Note: Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses.


    Applicants already with bachelor degree in related areas check Year 3 Entry with bachelor degree.

    Applicants already with Associate degree in related areas check Year 3 Entry with associate degree.

    Applicants already with Associate degree in unrelated areas check Year 2 Entry with associate degree.

    Year 1 entry curriculum


    Note: Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses.

    Year 1

    Program Core course - IT

    Program Core course - Maths

    Interdisciplinary Elective course

    Language and Communication couse

    General Education Course

    Year 2

    Program Core course

    Program Core course - Maths

    Programme Elective (IT) Course

    Interdisciplinary Course

    Language and Communication couse

    General Education course

    Year 3

    Program Core courses

    Program Elective (IT)

    Language and Communication Course

    General Education Course

    Year 4

    Program Core course

    Programme Elective Course - IT

    Programme Elective Course - Applied AI

    Project

    Language and Communication couse

    General Education course

    List of Interdisciplinary Electives

    List of Programme Electives in ICT

    List of Programme Electives in Applied AI

    Example curriculum for Year 3 entry
    (with prior Bachelor Degree in Related areas)


    The following is an example curriculum for student who already had bachelor degree in Computer Science

    Level 4 and 5 courses in Math/IT/AI are exempted on a course by course basis depending on whether an equivalent course had already been successfully completed in the bachelor or associate degree. Curriculum for specific student therefore will depend on relevance of prior courses.

    Note: Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses.

    Year 3 and Year 4

    Program Core courses in AI

    Programme Elective Course - Applied AI: select 2 courses

    Project

    Program Core courses in IT/computer science

    Program Elective (IT)

    Program Core course - Maths

    Language and Communication Course

    General Education Course

    Elective courses

    List of Programme Electives (IT)

    List of Programme Electives (Applied AI)

    Example curriculum for Year 3 entry

    (with prior Associate Degree in Related areas)

    The following is an example curriculum for student with 2-year associate degree or higher diploma in Computer Science

    Level 4 courses in Math/IT/AI are exempted on a course by course basis depending on whether an equivalent course had already been successfully completed in the associate degree. Curriculum for specific student therefore will depend on relevance of prior courses.

    Note: Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses.

    Year 3

    Program Core courses

    Program Core course - Maths

    Program Elective (IT)

    Language and Communication Course

    General Education Course

    Year 4

    Program Core course

    Program Elective (IT)

    Programme Elective Course - Applied AI

    Project

    Language and Communication couse

    Elective courses

    List of Fundamental Elective courses

    List of Interdisciplinary Electives

    List of Programme Electives (IT)

    List of Programme Electives (Applied AI)

    Year 2 entry curriculum example

    (with prior Associate Degree in Unrelated areas)

    The following is an example curriculum for student with a 2-year associate degree or higher diploma in an unrelated discipline.

    One may then make up for level 4 maths and computer science courses in Year 2.

    Note: Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses.

    Year 2

    Program Core course

    Program Core course - Maths

    Programme Elective (IT) Course

    Year 3

    Program Core courses

    Program Elective (IT)

    Language and Communication Course

    General Education Course

    Year 4

    Program Core course

    Programme Elective Course - IT

    Programme Elective Course - Applied AI

    Project

    Language and Communication couse

    General Education course

    Elective courses

    List of Fundamental Elective courses

    List of Interdisciplinary Electives

    List of Programme Electives (IT)

    List of Programme Electives (Applied AI)

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    Internship


    The School has good connection with the industry to support the students to spend a period of time at a company to gain industry experiences. Participation in internship is encouraged but is optional.

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    History of BScAI


    in USA

    In 2018, Carnegie Mellon University offered the first B.S. in AI in USA.

    in Hong Kong

    In 2019, HKU and CUHK offered the first bachelor in AI programmes in Hong Kong, whereas HK Polyu offered a stream in financial technology and AI:

    BASc(Applied AI)

    BEng in Artificial Intelligence - Systems & Technologies

    BSc(Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence

    They are also listed at: AI programmes listed under Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

    In 2020, we are the first Catholic Institution to offer BScAI.

    Prior to that, we had begun "Establishment of Distributed AI Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research," and are the first privately funded higher education institute that has received UGC - IDS funding to establish AI research lab.

    Some bachelor AI programmes are listed at: Global bachelor degrees in AI

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    Frequently Asked Questions on BScAI


    Job market

    What is the job prospect of BScAI students? Which industry can I work in?

    Machine learning engineer/analyst, big data engineer, systems analyst, software architect, software engineer, front/back end engineer, computing graphic developer/engineer. Machine learning for finance, healthcare, translation, education, or engineering company/organizations. Good knowledge and skills in AI puts one at great advantage in seeking above jobs, in getting higher pay and faster promotion.


    What is the market demand for AI specialists?

    According to the local job search website in July 2021, there are as many as 1,069 AI-related vacancies in just one month.


    Admission

    If I do not meet the basic admission requirements, will I still be enable to study this bachelor degree programme?

    Students could study other related HD/AD programmes and apply for Year-3 entry of BScAI programme when they graduate from those HD/AD.


    Do I have a higher chance of admission in the BScAI programme if I have studied ICT? Does ICT have a higher weighting than other electives e.g. Economy?

    In the selection process, the applicant's scores in two elective subjects will be considered as additional scores. Although prior study in ICT may help, other factors such as interview, motivation and interests of the applicant are also considered.


    I have already complete HD/AD, BSc or BA, can I apply for BScAI?

    One who has already complete HD/AD in related area (Computer science, IT, etc.) may apply for Year 3 entry. If the HD/AD is not in related area, one may apply for Year 2 entry.


    About study

    What are the characteristics and features of the BScAI programme when few universities are offering this programme in the world?

    As the first artificial intelligence (AI) degree course offered by a self-financing institution in Hong Kong, we have a Distributed AI Laboratory. The course design is from simple to deep, step-by-step, and qualified liberal arts/science students can apply.


    Would it be difficult to understand the contents if I have never studied and contacted any related topics or knowledge?

    No. When we design the programme, we do not require that the students have studied any related topics or knowledge.


    What are the course contents of the BScAI programme? What skills can we learn?

    The BScAI programme has covered both artificial intelligence and information science, including the popular courses like machine learning and deep learning. Using the AI skilled learned in this programme. Graduates could develop various AI applications in different areas.


    Can I study other courses other than the courses of BScAI if I have interest in other industries?

    AI is already applied in almost every other field. Students will choose 2 interdisciplinary subjects in the first two year. Then in the fourth year, they choose 2 application areas to apply AI to those areas such as finance, translation, healthcare, education, and engineering.


    Would the school have any support e.g. related equipment and software for the BScAI students to complete their project?

    The school is equiped with AI laboratory and Digital Entertainment laboratory. The laboratories are open to students to enable using them to complete homework and projects.


    Does the school help the BASI students buy the expensive professional softwares for their personal use?

    The school has established AI laboratory and installed the needed software. Students may use the lab facilities without having to buy their own.


    Do BScAI students have internship opputurnities in technological or digital companies?

    Yes, we encourage students to intern at Year 3 summer. Our school also has connections with various IT and AI companies, and will recommend students to intern at these companies.


    About the CIS School

    What are the qualifications of the academic staff of the BScAI programme?

    The teaching faculty is composed of both local and international experts in AI, ICT, and 5G, including some staff with rich industry experience and Fellows of IEEE


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