The 2017/18 Departmental Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (DLOAC) Meeting was held on 12 January 2018. The Committee members consisting of scheme and programme leaders, industrialists, alumni and student representatives had a fruitful discussion.

Pertaining to the Departmental Learning Outcomes assessment, employers and graduates surveys were conducted during late 2017.  In the meeting, the Chairman Prof. CW Leung reported that the results of the surveys generally showed satisfactory or above views on the effectiveness of different programmes. For some items in the marginally satisfactory level, the Department had already noticed before, and programme leaders had implemented additional teaching with relevant learning components for enhancement.

Further to the survey review, DLOAC members expressed valuable opinions from the viewpoints of employers and experienced workers.  English proficiency, hands-on skills, real problem solving, new knowledge and technology were areas where ME students should improve.  The Chairman considered these feedbacks from different stakeholders’ perspective were worthy.

By the end of the meeting, a committee member from the industry shared his experience of employing engineering graduates. He praised the outstanding performance of PolyU ME graduates who could definitely compare to other graduates from the world-class universities, e.g. the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong.  The PolyU ME graduates could show comprehensive fundamental engineering knowledge and great enthusiasm in the field where they could be pragmatic and elite designers and engineers.

The Chairman thanked the industrialists, alumni and student representatives for their continued support. The comments, opinions and suggestions expressed in the meeting were constructive.  The Department would take serious consideration and actions to make further improvements on programmes.