Professor Brian Kei, Professor of Practice in the School of Accounting and Finance, was recently recognised as a Visionary Educator 2022 by the UiPath Academic Alliance, the educational partnership arm of UiPath, a global software company.
UiPath is the global leader in making software robots using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), a software technology that makes it easy to build, deploy, and manage software robots that emulate human actions. By automating some of their business services, companies can improve their operational efficiency.
The Visionary Educator award is awarded every year to distinguished educators who have demonstrated exceptional initiative to grow the adoption of automation skills and improve the employability of students.
Professor Kei was recognised for his successful efforts to build a RPA talents community in Hong Kong, thus providing the tools for his Capstone project students to explore career opportunities through project engagement with diverse companies using automation technologies. For example, his students developed a software robot that enabled a company to replace the demanding manual process of producing 400 customised monthly financial statements with an automated process that took just 20 minutes.
PolyU was the first university in the region to offer doctoral programmes in business administration and fintech. The Faculty of Business continues to maintain a strong reputation for innovation and original thinking in these crucial areas.