Executive Master in Digital Leadership
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 61033
Duration & Credit Requirement
30 (Subject to approval)
HK$8,000 per credit or HK$240,000 for the whole programme
(Subject to approval)
Dr Vincent Ng
BSc (Simon Fraser), MMath (Waterloo), PhD (Simon Fraser)
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
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.
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.
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."
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).
- 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.
- A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline;
- 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.
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
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.
No information is available at present.