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Established in 1991, the Computer Engineering (CENG) programme focuses on both computer hardware and software aspects. Students will study fundamental knowledge of computer engineering, from computer architecture and interfacing to programming, embedded systems and application development, etc. They will also be guided to integrate knowledge and theories into practical set-up. With the rapid development in VLSI and microprocessors, and thus gadgets like smartphones and tablets, students will have the opportunities to apply their professional knowledge into inspiring future devices.

Studying in the CENG programme is not just about academics. The programme encourages students to participate in various activities, such as Robocon, to broaden their horizons. The Work-Study programme and internships are also available for students to gain practical experience in the industry, equipping them with the necessary skills and career tactics for employment.

Innovation and advancement in technology in the future will go far beyond than our imagination today. Pursuing the CENG programme will be your first step to equipping yourself in order to cope with the challenges in this high-tech era.

The Comeback of Computers

Lester Lo has always been interested in how the computer works and made up his mind to study computer engineering in university. ‘CUHK’s computer engineering programme offers the curriculum which is exactly what I looked for,’ said Lester, a graduate of the programme who took no second thought in choosing the programme.

Always inquisitive, Lester would like to develop tangible products. ‘I have learnt many novel things that I had never come across, e.g. Field-programmable Gate Array Programming,’ said Lester.

As Prof. Michael Rung-Tsong Lyu, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, explained, ‘The computer has revolutionized our daily life, from traditional mainframe computers and personal computers to new smartphones and smart devices. The new computer industry requires computer engineers to integrate hardware and software in creating generic, adaptive, yet personalized products. In order to meet this challenge, our programme has been designed to offer comprehensive training for students to ensure they gain computer knowledge in circuit, device and system levels, as well as solve real world engineering problems with the application of computers.’

Professor Lyu added that equal emphasis is placed on providing practical experience to students. Hence, they will start with hands-on projects at the beginning of their studies and throughout their curricula.

Lester pointed out that the programme offered him a solid foundation in theoretical and practical knowledge. Feedback from students is taken into account as we fine-tune the courses.

He went on, ‘We are also provided with the greatest support on research and to turn our ideas into reality. For instance, we participated in the Robocon Hong Kong Contest and Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest to solve problems by applying technology creatively and to learn more about our contemporaries in other local universities and the tertiary institutions in mainland China. It was the most valuable eye-opening experience. These contests helped us realize the importance of having a strong knowledge base to cope with the practical challenges, not to mention many more opportunities for gaining real-life experience such as the work-study scheme and internship programmes.’

Working with coursemates to complete group projects and the CEG Society, a student organization, provided opportunities for Lester to meet like-minded friends who shared similar interests and goals. He said, ‘We have a good relationship.’

For those students who would like to broaden their learning, they can take any minor progamme at CUHK, or continue their studies for an additional year to gain an Integrated Business Administration Bachelor Degree.

Today, the advances in VLSI and microprocessors have enabled innovative products such as smartphones, smart devices, digital cameras and supercomputers to keep appearing in the market. The demand for computer engineers grows significantly. Lester said, ‘Given the comprehensive coverage of the programme, we are equipped with the knowledge and skills of being both software development programmer and product system development engineer.’

Published: Summer 2017
Last Updated: Summer 2019