The Co-operative Education Scheme (CES) is a placement programme for final year students. It begins in September and lasts for a period of 8-12 months. The CES comprises two components: final year project and industrial placement. The former is a graduation requirement. The training company is expected to provide appropriate technical support and allow students reasonable time to work on it. The placement component involves day-to-day work to familiarize students with the operation practices of the industry. During the training period, students take courses on a day-release basis for no more than one day per week. The distinct feature of the CES is that upon conclusion of the scheme, students are immediately available to continue employment with the host companies.
Content and Structure
Project component: students shall undertake an industry-based project at the host company, which is also their Final Year Project.
Industrial placement component: students gain relevant industrial experience through day-to-day work.
Support from industry
Students can work in HK and the Pearl River Delta. When recruiting an intern, the host company is expected to:
- provide a training relevant to the student’s major study;
- assign an industry-based project for the student who will take it as a Final Year Project;
- allow a day-release of not more than one day per week for students to take coursework at CityU (only during term time);
- provide a training scholarship to the student;
- assign a company mentor to co-supervise the student with a CityU supervisor;
- provide lodging, meal and free transportation between factory and dormitory/border checks for students posted to Mainland China
The host company needs to know:
Students are covered under a Group Personal Accident Insurance Policy and for those who need to travel outside HK, a Group Travel Insurance Policy in addition.
Minimum Wage Ordinance
The Minimum Wage Ordinance does not apply to student interns.
During the attachment period, the interns maintain their status as full-time students of CityU. There is no employer-employee relationship between the interns and the company unless the two parties enter into such a relationship by way of an employment contract. If an employer-employee relationship is set up, contribution of MPF may be necessary.
Interested companies can register using the link "Training Company Registration".
Student level and discipline
Students joining CES are in their final year from the following departments:
- Electronic Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
Interested students should submit their application in March. Please refer to Work Schedule.