Around 200 principals and teachers from more than 100 local secondary schools gathered at HKBU on 24 January to take part in the annual Secondary School Principals’ Day to explore the theme of "AI in X: The Future of Education".

Participants had a fruitful and insightful discussion on how artificial intelligence (AI) has changed the job landscape and how educators can nurture and prepare students for the era of AI. 

Speaking on the occasion, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin shared his views on the age of big data and AI. He said that AI technology has attained several incredible breakthroughs in people's daily lives at a rate faster than forecast, and will probably eliminate some kinds of jobs, yet these dynamics will create opportunities for new types of jobs that are unknown today to appear in the future. 

Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu from the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the event. He illustrated the capabilities of AI with examples from the latest initiatives at UC Berkeley. He highlighted that AI could not do better than humans because humans are indispensable to the technology. There is no intelligence or intent in AI without a human operating them.  

Following the plenary session, secondary school representatives attended parallel seminars on the application of AI technology in respective disciplines and toured facilities on campus.