Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Human Capital Leadership courses
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Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation)
證書 (單元: 數碼領導力與創新)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

New Course
Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
09 Dec 2020 (Wed)
3 months
Course Fee
HK$12,000 per programme

Rapid technology advancement is reshuffling economic powerhouses in the world landscape. With the evolution of the Revolution 4.0 progressing rapidly, the world economy is more than ever technology-driven fuelled by innovation.  As new digital technologies are developed rapidly, the demand for digital leaders and business executives with innovation and technology skills are therefore growing exponentially. 




This Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation) aims to prepare students to be digital leaders through equipping them with the knowledge and skills in innovation. The programme also equips students with the knowledge to sit for the Global Innovation Management Institute's (GIM Institute) Associate (Innovation Certificate Level 1) Certificate examination.


intended learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. explain the impact of digital innovations and emerging technologies in the contemporary business environment to align innovation and IT strategies with business strategy;
  2. assess and apply tools and techniques to solve problems and generate innovation breakthroughs;
  3. analyse the knowledge and skills of innovation to create new business ideas in real-life work contexts; and
  4. discuss the necessary knowledge and skills required for the Innovation Associate (Level 1) certification examination.


who should attend

  1. IT and R&D professionals
  2. Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
  3. HR and performance tracking professionals
  4. middle-to-senior business executives and managers
  5. Career Councillors and trainers
  6. Those who are qualified and have interest in pursuing a career in the innovation profession



Part 1: Emerging Technology for Digital Leaders

1.       Using Emerging Technology to Align Business Intelligence Strategy with Business Strategy

  • Impacts from the Emerging Technology
  • Resource Considerations
  • IT Strategy and the Strategic Planning Process
  • Business Intelligence Architecture and Analytics
  • Ensuring the IT Investments Deliver Operational and Financial Impact

2.       Business Leader’s Responsibility, IT Ethics and Sustainability

  • Ethical Risks, Sustainability and Responsibilities of IT Innovations
  • Risk Management and IT Governance Frameworks

Part 2: Innovation Process: Strategy and Tactics

3.       Demystifying Innovation and Innovation Techniques

  • Definition and Importance of Innovation
  • Structured approach in innovative problem-solving process
  • Cross-functional innovation teams and networks

4.           Step 1 of Innovation Process (Innovation Intent)

  • Define the cases for change
  •  Quantify the growth gap
  • Set the Investment Profile

5.       Step 2 of Innovation Process (Opportunity Insights)

  • Map your company’s current business
  • Look at future with scenarios
  • Walk in someone else’s shoes
  • Look at new partners
  • Organize all dots or ideas into a single business opportunity map

6.       Step 3 of Innovation Process (Fields of Play)

  • Identify fields of play
  • Prioritize a field of play
  • Develop the prioritized field of play

7.       Step 4 of Innovation Process (Business Concepts)

  • Identify business concepts
  • Prioritize a business concept
  • Reverse engineer your prioritized business concept

8.       Step 5 of Innovation Process (Business Case)

  • Identify key facts of the concept
  • Visualize the concept
  • Use tactical questions to address your concept
  • Bring the key facts, visualizations and tactical plans together


The mode of assessment includes a combination of assessment methods, including group project report (30%), group presentation (30%) and a written test (40%).


For the Associate (Innovation Certificate Level 1) Certificate examination offered by GIM Institute (GIMI), students have to apply it through GIMI’s website, the current exam fee is US$550 (https://www.giminstitute.org/index.php/product-category/certificates/). It will be an online exam and valid within 6 months upon application.



On successful completion and passing the assessment of the programme, students will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE the Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation).



9 December 2020 (Wed) - To be confirmed

Application Code 1860-1540AW -

Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  1. Applicants should hold a recognized Advanced Diploma or Higher Diploma / Associate Degree awarded by a recognized institution; 
  2. Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on individual merit. 
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$12,000 per programme
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation)
證書 (單元 :數碼領導力與創新 )
COURSE CODE 33C128721 FEES $12,000 ENQUIRY 2867-8318
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (Digital Leadership and Innovation)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [5])

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Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit http://www.ppshk.com.

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.



Part 2 of this programme will be offered in collaboration with The Hong Kong Innovation Management Institute (HKIMI) which is a local non-profit making organization. As a sole partner of the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIM Institute), HKIMI manages the territory of China and Hong Kong for GIM Institute. GIM Institute is a global non-profit standard certification board committed to making innovation a professional business discipline through their globally recognized standards, certification program and academic programmes.  


Students upon completion of Module 5 will be eligible to sit for the GIMI Institute’s Associate Innovation Associate (Level 1) certification examination. The syllabus taught in Module 5 is based on the Course Pack provided by HKIMI.