Associate Director, ITS, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
David Chiu has served in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for over 20 years and is the Associate Director (User Services) of the Information Technology Services Office (ITS). ITS is providing central IT services to about 5,000 staff, 30,000 students and more than 300,000 alumni. The professional team in ITS consist of about 200 full-time and project staff supporting hundreds of IT systems and thousands of end point devices. Mr Chiu’s team have to manage all the end point devices in campus as well as the multimedia facilities in 200 lecture theatres, classrooms and informal learning spaces such as the student computer labs.
Before joining PolyU, David was the head of a central department in the headquarters of the Vocational Training Council (VTC) of Hong Kong. His team in VTC was responsible for multimedia development and support for all the government funded Technical Colleges, Technical Institutes and Training Centres with total student population over 100,000. During that period, he was in charge of the design and implementation of multimedia systems for the new institutions established by VTC. Innovative multimedia technologies had been adopted to enhance the effectiveness of vocational training in Hong Kong.
After serving in PolyU for about 5 years, Mr Chiu was already granted the President’s Award for “Professional Services to the University”. Among 5,000 staff in PolyU, in each year less than 5 can receive the President’s Award for Professional Services to the University. In the past, David played a key role in many ICT achievements of PolyU, such as the establishment of the first Cyber University in Hong Kong, the first institution in Asia to launch a Virtual Reality Campus on Second Life, the first institution in Hong Kong to benchmark the IT services every year against the top universities in the world.
In addition to his contributions in PolyU, Mr chiu has been proactively serving the community in various initiatives. During the SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, he had undertaken a million-dollar Quality Education Fund (QEF) project to assist primary and secondary schools to deploy e-Learning so that students may study at home when all classes were suspended. When the government provided the funding for founding the online Hong Kong Education City, he partnered with colleagues from local institutions and Education Bureau in the establishment process and was responsible for organizing ICT workshops for hundreds of schools. In order to stimulate the interest of students in ICT technology, two ICT competitions for all local secondary schools and one ICT competition for all universities in Greater China region had been organized by his team in respective years. Besides the involvement in education sector, he had assisted various government departments to formulate e-Learning strategy and develop online training platforms.
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