HKUST has become the first university partner in Greater China for RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. The partnership will support and promote innovation among engineering students in Hong Kong, as part of the RS University Partner Programme to foster the next generation of engineers.
The three-year collaboration will forge a close working relationship between RS and HKUST, in particular the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department. It will include RS-hosted workshops and the provision of professional teaching materials to lecturers to enhance the engineering curriculum. To help students gain real-world experience, internship opportunities and exchange programs to tour the manufacturing production lines of electronic components will also be offered by RS. Other joint activities will include circuit design workshops, industrial projects, and design contests.
Prof Ross Murch, Head of Electronic and Computer Engineering, said the partnership was an exciting step to advance student learning. "This means that engineering students will be armed with both the theoretical and practical know-how to enrich their capabilities in the engineering field."
Mr Eric Lee, Head of Technical Marketing, Asia Pacific, RS, added: "Through this collaboration, we hope to inspire and nurture engineering talents and plant the seed for future innovations in Hong Kong. HKUST is a perfect fit as our education partner, with values aligned with our mission of empowering current and future generations of engineers, as well as supporting them to bring their ideas to life."
The RS partnership was initiated with HKUST in 2011 when the company generously sponsored components used by the HKUST Robotics Team.