Academic Programmer

Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship (GREAT)

JUPAS Catalogue No.: JS1200

Programme Leader: Dr Andy SIU
Email: csci.office@cityu.edu.hk

Programme Aims and Objectives

GREAT is a 4-Year undergraduate option introduced in 2021/2022. It aims to nurture students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research or starting business ventures that involve the use of new scientific discoveries and innovative technologies. Students will be admitted to the College of Science and study a tailored common first-year curriculum. After one year of study, students will have a free choice of GREAT streams offered by the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

Options:
1. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (GREAT stream)
2. Bachelor of Science in Computing Mathematics (GREAT stream)
3. Bachelor of Science in Physics (GREAT stream)

Key Components

  • Independent research commencing as early as in Year 2
  • Mentorship by world renowned researchers and experienced industrialists
  • Special courses on entrepreneurship & IP rights protection, patent application and research proposal / business plan development
  • At least one semester of overseas academic/research exchange
  • At least one summer placement in local research laboratories or technological startup companies
  • At least one summer internship in overseas research institutes or technological startup companies. 


The GREAT programme is also supported by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), through providing mentorship and internship opportunities for the students. More information about the collaboration with FHKI can be viewed from the press release: https://www.industryhk.org/en/info/press-releases/fhki-partners-with-cityu-to-groom-tech-and-business-leaders-of-tomorrow/  

GREAT students who are eager to start their entrepreneurship journey are highly encouraged to sign up for HK Tech 300, a large-scale flagship innovation and entrepreneurship programme organised by CityU. Upon successful enrolment, all eligible participants will be sponsored for an 8-week training programme to learn how to kick start their entrepreneurial journey from scratch, develop a business plan and deliver a pitch. Seed funds, angel funds, and external funds (up to HK$100,000, HK$1 million and HK$10 million, respectively) will also be made available to potential start-ups. Click here for more details.

Admission Requirements

High School Entrants

Current Year-One Normative 4-year Degree Students Admitted from 2021 Cohort and Thereafter

Existing Home Academic Unit GREAT Stream Offered by Minimum Requirements

Department of Chemistry / Department of Mathematics / Department of Physics

The same home academic unit
  1. Completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College/ respective home academic unit for its required courses;
  2. Minimum CGPA of 3.20, or CGPA lying within the Top 15% of students belonging to the same cohort of his/her programme, or students recommended by Programme Leader; and
  3. Passing an assessment interview

An academic unit other than the existing home academic unit

Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

P.S.: Students should first apply for change of home major following the University’s regulations, and indicate their intentions for studying the GREAT stream offered by that receiving academic unit.
 

Others

Department of Chemistry / Department of Mathematics / Department of Physics

Such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

P.S.: Students should first apply for change of home major following the University’s regulations, and indicate their intentions for studying the GREAT stream offered by that receiving academic unit.
 

 

Scholarships 

Mr. and Mrs. Chan Kwok Kang Memorial Scholarship

One award of HK$10,000 in each academic year shall be awarded to a full-time UGC funded local student of the Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship (GREAT) programme who has attained the highest CGPA in his or her first year of study (including both Semester A and B). In the event that more than one student attain the same highest CGPA, a selection interview will be conducted.

 

CityU Scholarships for Hong Kong Talents

CityU Scholarships for Hong Kong Talents have been set up for Hong Kong students with excellent HKDSE or GCE "A" level / IB results applying to government-funded bachelor's degree programmes. The scholarship awards will cover up to six years of study, depending on the normal duration of the registered undergraduate programme.

Please click here for more details.