Executive Master in Digital Leadership
高級管理人員數碼科技領袖碩士學位


Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 61033

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

-

Mode of Study
Part-time
Normal Duration

1.5 years

Credits Required for Graduation

30 (Subject to approval)

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3

Tuition Fee

HK$8,000 per credit or HK$240,000 for the whole programme

(Subject to approval)

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Vincent Ng
BSc (Simon Fraser), MMath (Waterloo), PhD (Simon Fraser)

Remarks

This programme aims to groom digital leaders to tap opportunities from the Central Government’s Belt-Road Initiative. “The HKSAR Government is investing $18 billion to promote innovation and technology development. There will be more jobs and opportunities in this sector”, said Prof. Ir. Daniel Lai, former HKSAR Government Chief Information Officer. Unleash your potential and advance your career through our unique learning journey to gain knowledge of Disruptive Technologies (FinTech, Big Data, IoT etc.), Innovative Strategies and Hitech Management. Visit the EMDL website for further information.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The aim of this programme is to provide a genuinely innovative professional development experience to equip participants with knowledge about the latest trends in technology and how they can be transferred to their business models and strategies. Students are empowered to be able to identify digital disruption in the global market and exploit the opportunities. They learn to adopt a “computational thinking” approach that combines technology, design and business methodologies to drive innovation in their practices, processes, products and services.

 

Programme Characteristics

The programme’s emphasis is on the enrichment of students' capacity to generate innovative digital ideas to achieve competitive advantages for the organisations they are serving so they can lead digital transformation within corporations. Executives are provided with unique educational experiences that translate into them becoming well-equipped leaders in the ever-competitive digital business environment.

 

For Who?

Executives or professionals who are key decision makers in business, computer scientists, engineers and venture capital and angel investors.

The programme is intended for both technical and non-technical professionals with at least 5 years of experience in managerial positions who wish to build strong digital leadership and management capacity.

Recognition & Prospects

We are now in the digital age. Digital technologies, especially computing and information technology, have filtered into every corner of our lives. Supported by government policies, Hong Kong is transforming into a technology hub that requires leaders with visions of future digital societies. PolyU established this programme to target senior executives, engineers and hi-tech investors. The programme equips them with the multidisciplinary skill sets required to stay competitive. More importantly, the programme grooms technology leaders to help Hong Kong position itself strongly as a regional hub for hi-tech innovation and development.

 

Employers' Endorsement & Support

Mr Horace Chow

General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong Limited

“In the technology industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of big data with advanced machine intelligence. This Executive Master in Digital Leadership will show how different industries are reinventing their businesses through digital transformation – from intelligent data and machine learning analytics to IoT innovations, perception and conversational intelligence bots. Keeping up to date with the latest technology and management concepts will enable you to add value to your role in today’s digital business world.”

 

Prof. Ir. Daniel Lai, BBS, JP

Professor of Practice (Computing), PolyU
Former Government Chief Information Officer, HKSAR Government

“The HKSAR Government is investing HK$18 billion in promoting innovation and technology development. There will be more jobs and opportunities in the sector. This programme, aiming to provide interdisciplinary learning so that participants can acquire all-rounded knowledge essential for key decision makers in today’s hitech, digital marketplace, is adding value to corporations and society as a whole.”

 

Mr Michael Leung, MH

President of Computer Society and CIOO of China CITIC Bank International

“In the past we talked about competition, we talked about regulations and other issues. Today we talk about innovations, disruptions and transformations. All these are driven by technology. Digital leaders need to have business acumen in relation to digital technology. I personally recommend this programme for those seeking to stay relevant in the competitive FinTech sector.”

 

Ms Amy Lung

Director of Global Device and Service Development,
Hutchison Telecommunications Group Holdings Limited

"The managements of leading hitech companies, such as those in the telecoms industry, are facing both a host of challenges and opportunities related to data transformation, digital architecture and the monetisation of digital strategies to develop new business streams. Keeping up to date with the knowledge and professional skills needed to drive the new economy in the digital era is vitally important. I am very pleased to see and wish to give my full support to the creation of this ExecMA in Digital Leadership programme, as it is specially crafted to help future leaders, of technical and non-technical backgrounds, master the essential competencies to tap opportunities in the disruptive age of doing business.”

 

Mr Peter Yan

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, SUNeVision Holdings Limited

"The proliferation of cloud computing, IoT, big data, mobile communication and social media is transforming how enterprises do business. These new technologies are also creating new business opportunities for companies of all sizes.

Executives in this new era of the digital economy need to get themselves prepared to face the challenges and identify opportunities. The ExecMA in Digital Leadership programme combines both fundamental knowledge and real-life business case sharing from industry experts, which will nurture both technical and non-technical professionals to become business leaders who are digitally savvy, agile-minded and change-ready in today’s fast-changing business environment."

Curriculum

Programme Structure

This programme is offered in part-time mode. Depending on students' pace of study, they should normally be able to complete the programme in 1.5 years.

 

Students are required to take 8 compulsory Core Subjects and 1 Elective Subject for a total of 30 credits. Each subject is scheduled as a block of 3 weeks of study for 10 hours per week. Students are also required to attend classes on Friday evenings (6:30-9:30 pm) and Saturdays (9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30-5:30 pm).

 

Subjects

  • Digital Leadership Transformation – Business Technology Strategies
  • Design Thinking, Methods and Perspectives
  • Turning Data Insights to Business Actions
  • Financial Technologies
  • Organisational Creativity and Innovation
  • Pervasive and Smart Computing
  • High Tech and Innovation Management
  • International Digital Leadership Forum (Study Tour) (Elective*)
  • Ecosystem for IT Innovations (Elective*)
  • Capstone Project

 

Please click here for the 2017/18 Class Schedule for reference.

 

* Students are required to take only one Elective Subject. Elective Subjects are offered in alternative years: “International Digital Leadership Forum (Study Tour)” will be offered in 2018/19.

 

More information on the programme structure can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/iaee/en-us/programmes/detail/digital-leadership/structure.

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline;
    AND
  • A minimum 5 years of work experience in a managerial position.

 

English Language Requirements

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

 

Individual cases will be considered on their merit.

 

In exceptional circumstances, special admission of non-degree holders to the Masters programme may be offered to experienced executives in senior managerial positions who possess a minimum 12 years of experience.

 

Suitable applicants will be invited to interviews.

Other Information

Please visit EMDL website for further information.

Enquiries

For further information on programme matters, please contact:
Ms Candy Wo (tel: (852) 3400 8477; email: candy.wy.wo@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


I am taking PolyU’s Executive Master in Digital Leadership programme to update my perspectives and cross-disciplinary knowledge as a business leader in my industry. I believe that learning from experts and practitioners in computing, design, finance, management and other areas will be valuable to my career.


Esther Chak, Director of Merchandising, Glorious Sun Enterprises Ltd



I enrolled in this course with the aim of widening my horizons as an innovative and progressive leader. Having been in financial services for more than two decades, neither traditional nor executive MBA programmes interested me as I wanted to stay ahead of the curve and be a pioneer instead of a follower. After just the first week I knew that I had chosen the right programme.


Graham Chan, Executive Director, Keenly Business Consulting Limited



PolyU provides us with a perfect environment for senior executive studies. The programme is well-structured and the teaching team is passionate in delivering excellence to the class. The industry leaders invited to deliver talks not only stimulate our thinking but also give us a comprehensive overview of what is going on in the competitive business environment to prepare us to go further.


Samuel Ho, CEO, TransUnion Ltd (NYSE: TRU)



As modern leaders, we need to know how to incorporate technology to enable and drive business strategies. The prevailing importance of IT means that it is important for me to equip myself with new digital insights. This programme is certainly facilitating that, allowing us to learn from a world class teaching team, with direct interactions with speakers in senior management from a wide variety of enterprises.


Josephine Hui, Assistant Vice President, China CITIC Bank International



Digital thinking transforms our lives from being stressed to enjoying desserts. Indeed, the compulsion now is to be digital or be deleted.

 

I am very grateful for being able to participate in this programme, which is inspiring me with many new ideas for my startup business. 


Kindson Lau, Founder, C4 Innovative Technology Company Limited



This programme is outstanding – it has strong academic content and we learn from real-life practical experience sharing, which is helping me to understand market trends and companies’ successes and failures. The programme is also helping me to enhance my digital leadership skills through insightful lectures, sharing and reflection.


Aris Leung, Head of Strategic and Global Services Dept, Konica Minolta Business Solutions (HK) Ltd



The EMDL programme has reactivated my thinking engine. A well-designed programme with a 5-star teaching team and guest speakers from industry, it is providing an exciting and fruitful journey totally beyond my initial expectations.


Billy Shum, Head of MIS, LT Commercial Real Estate Limited



Additional Documents Required


Curriculum Vitae

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Transcript / Certificate

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Others

Official English-translated versions of your academic qualifications (such as graduation certificate, transcript of studies, etc.) are required if your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution where the medium of instruction is not English.


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