CUHK and CUHK (Shenzhen) to introduce new collaborative double major programme Aerospace Science and Earth Informatics + X
Following the introduction of the collaborative double major programme Interdisciplinary Data Analytics + X by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen, with the first cohort of students admitted in 2023, the universities will launch the new Aerospace Science and Earth Informatics + X (ASEI + X) double major programme in 2024, offering students a broader range of academic opportunities and exposure to Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Students will be admitted by CUHK and CUHK-Shenzhen respectively. CUHK students enrolling in the four-year programme will pursue a major in ASEI at CUHK, along with another major from among the academic disciplines (engineering, science and social science) offered by either CUHK or CUHK-Shenzhen; while students admitted to CUHK-Shenzhen will take ASEI as their second major in addition to the major they applied for. Students will attend classes and participate in learning and research activities at both the CUHK and CUHK-Shenzhen campuses. They will also have credit-bearing experiential learning opportunities, which will help them to gain exposure in the two prominent cities within the Greater Bay Area. By following a standard study pattern, students in the same cohort can enjoy engaging, overlapping experiences, helping them build their networks. They will also be able to create close connections with industry by the guaranteed admission to CUHK’s Co-operative Education Programme, a unique initiative that offers full-time work opportunities with pay.
Subject to approval by CUHK’s Senate, the new programme is expected to launch in 2024. CUHK’s intake quota is 20 to 25 per year. Students will be admitted through a newly established Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) line and other channels. This interdisciplinary undergraduate major combines aerospace science and Earth informatics, empowering students to harness the power of data and create groundbreaking solutions to explore outer space and to safeguard our planet Earth. Students will choose another major offered by either CUHK or CUHK-Shenzhen (please refer to the Appendix for a comprehensive list).
CUHK’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President (Education) Professor Isabella Poon Wai-yin said, “Through this comprehensive interdisciplinary programme, we aim to help our students develop an in-depth understanding of the complex relationship between space exploration and the Earth’s environment, as well as acquiring expertise in a wide range of areas, including remote sensing, geoinformatics, and geospatial data analysis and machine learning. Another noteworthy characteristic of this distinctive programme is that it helps students to immerse themselves in the rapid and dynamic developments in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. I believe this will benefit our students, allowing them to seize opportunities and enhance their career prospects.”