As 2021 is drawing to a close, I am gratified to report that the steps being made for preparing our Time to Change Roadmap are progressing on track. As readers would appreciate, the key to success for any organisational change is securing adequate support from all who will benefit from or be affected by the rejuvenation. It is therefore with this goal in mind that we have been actively reaching out to our members and major stakeholders in order to understand their needs and expectations on the HKIE.
Following the successful completion of the “Time to Change Survey” and the “Time to Change Strategy Day”, we accomplished in the last month a further sequence of Stakeholder Engagement Workshops with over 50 participants splitting up into five discussion groups. The purpose was to consolidate ideas on “where we want to be” and also brainstorm on “how we are going to get there”. We collected an abundance of valuable contributions from our members on driving change for the Institution. The pictures below show some of the enthusiastic deliberations.
Treading in parallel, our President Ir Edwin K F Chung has just completed a series of visits spanning the past few months to our key partners of the engineering profession including those in tertiary institutions, government departments, utility undertakers, transportation organisations or authorities, and consultants and contractors associations. The aim is to learn their insights and concerns about the upcoming challenges fronting the profession. As our President has put it, such first-hand knowledge will prove to be instrumental for devising changes to the profession in the years to come.
One comment comes out consistently in our engagement with members about change, and that is promoting our professional image to the public. Perhaps, as a start the “What Do Engineers Do?” Video Campaign is an intriguing project which can assist. By means of broadcasting a series of short videos, the Campaign aims to provide insightful information on the engineering profession to youngsters and enable them to learn more about the job nature of engineers from different disciplines and their respective contributions to the society. We hope this may encourage students to pursue engineering as their study and career prospect.
Over 30 government departments, engineering companies and organisations have committed to this project. With the enthusiastic support, we are optimistic that the Campaign will go in a substantive way to bolster the image of engineers. The series of videos is now being broadcast on the HKIE Facebook and Instagram pages as well as our YouTube channel. Enjoy watching and do not forget to like, follow and share our videos so that more will know.
Mutual Recognition Agreement
Recently, we have entered into a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the Guangdong Society of Electrical Engineering (GSEE). The MRA is somewhat unprecedented in mutual qualification recognition with our counterparts in the Mainland. The developments of Hong Kong and our country are interwoven, and Hong Kong’s integration into the Greater Bay Area (GBA) as well as national development has become more crucial than ever. We have put a lot of efforts into fostering enhanced cooperation within the GBA and signing the MRA is a case in point. We believe that it can assist in creating more opportunities for our engineering talents in the region.
2021 Legislative Council Election
The 2021 Legislative Council Election date is drawing near. To assist our members who are prospective voters, the HKIE is organising an Election Forum for the two candidates of the Engineering Functional Constituency on the evening of 6 December 2021. Remember to cast your vote on the Polling Day, 19 December 2021.
The HKIE Innovation Award and Young Engineer of the Year Award (YEYA) are two of our annual highlights and both Awards are now open for applications. The HKIE organises these Awards to provide a platform for talented engineers to showcase their thoughts and abilities.
The Innovation Award motivates our members to combine creativity with engineering knowledge, while the YEYA encourages young engineers to proactively contribute to the engineering profession and the community. We support our members’ pursuit of continuous improvement as this is fundamental to the sustainable development of our profession. So please do take part in the Awards competition by visiting https://hkie.org.hk/en/membership/award_detail/51/.
Last but not least, the festive season is just around the corner. Christmas is a time for joy and hope over bygone adversity. May I wish you and your loved ones the best that the season has to offer.
Membership fees for 2022/2023
The Council approved the Administration Board’s recommendation to maintain the membership fees for the financial year 2022/2023 at the current level.
Early-bird discount for 2022/2023
The Council approved the Administration Board’s recommendation to continue to offer an early-bird discount of 2% for membership subscriptions for the financial year 2022/2023, which will only be applicable to members settling their subscriptions by cheque, cash or FPS (Faster Payment System) before 1 April 2022.
Financial forecast for financial year 2021/2022 and draft budget for financial year 2022/2023
The Council has approved the financial forecast for the financial year 2021/2022 and the draft budget for the financial year 2022/2023.