To encourage ongoing learning at home and self-improvement by acquiring knowledge in various areas during the pandemic, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) hosts the “Class Acts” CUHK Online Talk Series between March and April 2020. The first lecture was given by Prof. Alan Kam Leung Chan, Provost and J.S. Lee Professor of Chinese Culture, on 20 March 2020 on the topic “Higher Learning in the Era of Industry 4.0” . The talk drew close to 500 CUHK students, staff members, alumni, and members of the public to participate through the video conferencing platform Zoom.
In the talk, Prof. Chan set out his views on how university education is responding to global challenges and the development of Industry 4.0. He believes that with the rapid development of technology, university education, in addition to imparting knowledge, must strive to cultivate students’ digital literacy and other soft skills to achieve the goal of whole-person education. In addition, university education also needs to integrate arts and science as well as Chinese culture and global humanities in the western tradition. A Q&A session was arranged, and Prof. Chan responded to online questions from the participants. The video of his talk will be uploaded to CUHK’s website in the near future.
About the “Class Acts” CUHK Online Talk Series
Nine online public talks are being presented, in simple terms, by CUHK scholars outstanding in their areas of expertise, through the video conferencing platform Zoom. The lectures are free to the public, in particular local students and those from the Mainland and overseas countries.
The outstanding scholars from eight faculties, namely Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science, will give their views on their respective areas of expertise. The topics cover artificial intelligence (AI), gravitational waves, the application of robots in education for Special Educational Needs students, and the law of treasure hunting, amongst others. For more information on the other talks, please visit: https://againstcovid19.cuhk.edu.hk/class-acts-online-talk.