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HKU SPACE Launches Cloud Computing Certification Course in Co-operation with Amazon Web Services and Cyberport

16 Apr 2018 (Mon)
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HKU SPACE announced that it will launch a Foundation Certificate in Cloud Computing Architecture course in co-operation with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, and Cyberport. The course will offer comprehensive training and qualification for Hong Kong’s aspiring cloud computing architects and developers, helping respond to the surging demand for cloud computing professionals as organizations undertake their digital transformation journeys. 

Through its AWS Academy Program, AWS will provide authorized courseware, training, and accreditation for HKU SPACE instructors. The authorized instructors will then be able to deliver AWS curricula to students. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), security, and more. The course will be enriched with talks and seminars hosted by industry experts and professionals, lined up by Cyberport, helping students gain insights into the practical applications of cloud technology.

According to the Global Knowledge 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report, IT professionals with AWS certification can command higher salary, and be equipped with the skills to take on broader career opportunities. 

Dr John Cribbin, Acting Director of HKU SPACE said, “This course will position students for exciting careers in today’s dynamic world, as well as prepare them for future advancement. The course is an extension of our comprehensive range of technology courses that are sought after by professional executives as essential skills for continued education. We are truly delighted to have the support of AWS and Cyberport to launch this course, empowering Hong Kong talent to leverage opportunities arising from the internet economy.”

The course, eligible for reimbursement under the Continuing Education Fund (CEF), will open for application in May 2018, with classes starting in June 2018, covering two modules - on management and deployment of resources; and implementation of cloud computing. The modules will be delivered through in-class instruction, hands-on lab sessions, online knowledge assessments, and project work. The hands-on lab sessions and industry seminars will be conducted at HKU SPACE’s Cyber Institute located at Cyberport.

“Hong Kong is well-known for its world-class ICT infrastructure that facilitates enterprises to use digital technology to accelerate growth and enhance competitiveness. We are excited to work with HKU SPACE and AWS to broaden the talent pool in cloud computing, which is essential to driving digital transformation across all industry sectors,” said Mr. Peter Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Cyberport. “Leveraging Cyberport’s strong community of over 1,000 tech companies in key areas like FinTech, artificial intelligence (AI), eCommerce, Big Data, we will share first-hand experience of the applications of cloud computing with course attendees to ensure that they can embrace the opportunities in the new economy.”

“Cloud has become the new normal, as companies of every size are deploying new applications to the cloud by default, and looking to migrate as many of their existing applications as they can, as quickly as possible,” said Mr. Alex Yung, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of AWS Greater China. “The AWS Academy Program offers an AWS curriculum for higher education institutions to help students develop in-demand cloud computing skills and prepare for industry-recognized AWS Certification. We are delighted that HKU SPACE joined the Program to cultivate a strong pool of talent to turn Hong Kong into a data hub that will create myriad business opportunities and economic value.”

Programme details:

Foundation Certificate in Cloud Computing Architecture