Microsoft Partners with Hong Kong Universities to Propel AI Education
August 30, 2023
Microsoft has announced a partnership with eight Hong Kong universities, aiming to bolster AI adoption and encourage the use of generative AI. The initiative, powered by Azure OpenAI, will drive innovation in the coming academic year 2023/2024 across the academic, research, and operational domains of higher-level educational institutes.
The list of collaborating universities includes The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University, and Education University of Hong Kong.
Microsoft aims to revolutionise the current teaching and learning model, providing students with the skills necessary to leverage AI in their academic and professional careers. The tech giant plans to use Azure OpenAI Service’s GPT models to develop a solution that protects sensitive research while ensuring data privacy.
Cally Chan, the general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau, stated that the partnership is aimed at promoting widespread AI usage within campuses, with hands-on workshops forming a core part of the initiative. The goal is to bring generative AI technology, powered by Azure OpenAI Service, to the forefront of education.
Isabella Poon, The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s pro-vice-chancellor (education), emphasised the importance of AI in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, predicting that the collaboration will accelerate the educational transformation towards AI.
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