Michael Wong Yick-kam
Chairman, University Council
‘The Open University of Hong Kong has come a long way, and keeping up its momentum is a challenge. Holding fast to our commitment to quality university education, under which we provide both full-time and part-time learning opportunities to students and working adults, we are looking to surge forward into exciting new areas of innovative pedagogy, applied research, and student-centred education.’
Professor Yuk-Shan Wong
‘The needs of our community are changing rapidly in line with new demographic, economic and technological trends. We aim to anticipate and manage these changes by developing relevant practical professional programmes, and delivering a stream of expert talent to serve Hong Kong and the rapidly developing Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.’
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is a young university. It was founded in 1989 as the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong, a niche institution offering academic programmes based on open admission and distance learning with the mission ‘Education for All’. From the outset, it set its sights high. Embracing a youthful culture of dynamism, flexibility and innovation, it aimed at the future and, by 1997, was awarded the title of a full university.
That rapid early growth and transformation set the tone for what was to come. Since 1997, the OUHK has branched out on many fronts: building up respected full-time undergraduate programmes, expanding its part-time and distance learning offerings, and establishing new fields of expertise and research. Earlier Strategic Plans (for 2001-2010 and 2008-2017) drove us forward in new directions, especially by helping us to identify the evolving needs of Hong Kong and launch initiatives to meet them. The University’s efforts to realize its vision of providing open and flexible education to all progressed by leaps and bounds.
Today, after almost 30 years of rapid forward advancement, the OUHK has truly come of age. The University is offering professional programmes addressing real demand from the community. Our graduates are increasingly sought after by employers in Hong Kong and beyond. And, in an age of ever-greater connectivity, our academic staff and graduates are fuelling the social and economic development of our neighbouring cities in the Greater Bay Area.
All this sets the stage for the launch of the OUHK’s latest Strategic Plan, covering 2019-2023. Having forged a strong academic reputation in Hong Kong, it is now time to go further. This Strategic Plan defines how we will do this, along five key routes that reflect the realities of our modern world and leverage our core strengths of innovation, flexibility and relevance. They include supplementing our existing quality academic programmes with new and innovative pedagogical tools, and further enriching our students’ learning experience by widening their real-world exposure. Our academic research activities will be strengthened and developed as we flex our academic muscles. All this will be in a context of efficient management of resources that will ensure the OUHK is not only healthy and sustainable, but also vibrant and forward-looking with a continual growth in reputation and brand positioning.