BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence

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Programme (taught in English) 4-year full-time degree programme
in AI with computing, IT, and many applications with Catholic values
taught by caring staff with diverse expertise and passion
Career Graduates are currently in great demand and have many job options or may take postgraduate study
Local admission: Year 1 entry minimum 3322 (English, Chinese, Math, liberal studies) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); more
Admission: Year 3 entry Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in related programme (e.g., in Computer Science, Math) more
Admission: Year 2 entry Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in unrelated field. more
Local student finance 繁中 简中 Apply for non-means-tested subsidy scheme (NMTSS) of HK$31,300 for eligible new and continuing students. more
Admission scholarship 繁中 简中 DSE graduates with minimum DSE score of 13 may apply for Admission scholarship scheme of $10,000. more
International student 繁中 简中 Non-Chinese speaking international student may have Chinese courses substituted by other courses. more, hostels
Exchange student program Optional
Internship Optional
Why BScAI at Caritas?

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BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence

We are the first (and only) Catholic Institution offering BScAI;
with Catholic values and
taught by caring staff with diverse expertise and passion;
Staff: 2 IEEE Fellows,
Doctorate from:
HKU, CUHK, TsingHua, Imperial College London, Waterloo, Maryland, New Castle;
IT industry experience include:
ATT Bell Labs, Huawei USA, IETF standards, 5G Wireless;
the AI programme is useful to many professions
with many dream job options
in a rewarding career
Why Catholic values in science and technology?

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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

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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

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The program aims to nurture students to become AI professionals and related industries. The Program Objectives are:

To equip students with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge in computer science, with emphasis on multimedia technology, as well as creative design skills, allowing students to engage in various activities related to digital entertainment; and

To provide students with a broad spectrum of learning experience, not only for the intellectual development of the students but also for the cultivation of students as professionals with high ethical standards and as good citizens in the society.

Special Features of the Programme

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(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

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

Alumni Sharing

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Apply for admission to BScAI

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All students submit application here.
DSE 3322 applicants
or equivalent qualification
Take AI now to gain AI expertise ahead of others during this global race in AI.
Currently there are less than 20 institutions in the world offering bachelor in AI.
IT professionals
had degrees
take AI courses on Saturdays and/or evenings to obtain BScAI degree
apply for admission at Year 3 entry
credit transfer to exempt most non-AI courses
had associate degree
AD in related area: apply for admission at Year 3 entry
credit transfer to exempt most Year 1/2 courses
AD in unrelated area: apply for admission at Year 2 entry
Applicants having completed high school / 12th grade

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Year 1 entry admission requirements

For admission to Year 1 of the BScDET Programme, applicants must satisfy one of the following admission requirements:

  • have obtained Level 3 in Chinese Language, Level 3 in English Language, Level 2 in Mathematics and Level 2 in Liberal Studies in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); OR
  • have obtained passes in Chinese Language and Culture and Use of English and one additional AL / two ASL subjects in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) plus five passes in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) including Chinese Language and English Language; OR
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification.
  • Remark:

    #1. As specified in the letter of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) dated 12 July 2017, the maximum number of non-standard admission (including mature aged students) for local degree programs is capped at the maximum of 5% of the actual number of Year 1 new students of the year. The cap is applied in line with the general expectation on self-financed degree-awarding institutions in safeguarding teaching and learning quality and thereby upholding the creditability and recognition of the qualifications.

    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.

    Apply for Admission (local students)

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    Direct Application for Year 1 Entry

    In 2020-21 academic year, the 30 places of the BScAI(Hons) Program will be admitted via direct admission.

    Please submit your application via our Online Application System. Local students may apply for Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS). DSE graduates may, in addition, apply for DSE Graduates Admission Scholarship. The final decision is subject to the discretion of the Institute.

    Application for Top-up Degree (Year 2, Year 3 Entry)

    Applicants who seek admission to Year 2/ Year 3 entry of this program should also apply directly to the Institute.

    Interview Arrangements

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    Shortlisted local applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview. Applicants are requested to bring the following when attending the interview:

    Local students Tuition and Aid

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    The annual tuition fee for the 2020-21 intake of the 4-year BScAI (or BScDET) programme is HK$78,140.

    Local students may apply for Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) of HK$31,300 explained at: financial assistance and scholarship.

    Additionally, candidate with minimum DSE total score of 13 qualify for Admission Scholarship of $10,000.

    The net amount due, after deducting NMTSS and admission scholarship, is HK$36,840 in the first year.

    The financial aid will be comparable for the remaining years.

    Apply for admission (International students)

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    International students may apply: All courses in BScAI are taught in English, where Chinese language courses may be replaced by other courses for non-English speaking students.

    Admission requirements for international students

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    The equivalent qualification to meet the admission requirements for local students is generally the successful completion of high school education in a 12-grade school system. 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. Non-English speaking international students may be exempted from Chinese language study.

    Non-local student tuition fee

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    The annual non-local student tuition fee for the 2019-20 intake of the 4-year BScAI (or BScDET) programme is HK$96,310. (Exchange rate: HK$7.78 = US$1)

    International students scholarship

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    The international students scholarship is currently available in BScDET programme, which shares almost all the courses in Year one with BScAI. International students interested in the scholarship may apply for the BScDET programme instead.

    Hostels

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    Enquiries

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

    Telephone: (852) 3702 4388

    Email: pao@cihe.edu.hk

    Programme Structure

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    Curriculum

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    Year 1 entry curriculum

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    Year 1

    Program Core course - IT

    Program Core course - Maths

    Fundamental Elective course

    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

    Elective courses

    List of Fundamental Elective courses

    List of Interdisciplinary Electives

    List of Programme Electives (IT)

    List of Programme Electives (Applied AI)

    Professionals with Bachelor Degree in Related areas

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    Year 3 entry requirements

    Facing the huge demand of AI expertise in the work environment, professionals with bachelor degree may apply for admission at Year 3 entry and attend courses on Saturday and/or evening.

    Applicants 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.

    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.

    Example curriculum for Year 3 entry

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    (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.

    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)

    Applicants with prior Associate Degree in Related areas

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    Year 3 entry requirements

    Applicants holding the following qualifications can obtain credit transfer from most Year 1 / Year 2 courses in recognition of their prior learning experience through the granting of advanced standing upon admission, and may typically start their studies at Year 3 of the BScAI Programme:

  • have successfully completed a related (e.g., in Computer Science, Math) AD / HD programme pitched at QF Level 4 that is approved by the Institute; OR
  • have obtained an equivalent qualification.
  • Example curriculum for Year 3 entry

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    (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.

    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)

    Applicants with prior Associate Degree in Unrelated areas

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    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.
  • Year 2 entry curriculum example

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    (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.

    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

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    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

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    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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