In the Policy Address last year, the Government announced its plan to develop educational services to enhance Hong Kong’s status as a regional education hub. The Education Bureau later decided to allocate five plots of land for self-financed institutions to offer full-time degree programmes, including one on Chung Hau Street in Ho Man Tin.
With the continued growth in applications for our full-time programmes in recent years, campus facilities have become increasingly inadequate. The rental contract for our Ho Man Tin Plaza Learning Centre will expire in 2012. The Chung Hau Street plot is within walking distance to our campus and an ideal choice for our expansion. The OUHK will bid for the site, realizing that competition may be intense. If successful, we plan to build a 12-storey teaching block. We shall offer degree programmes related to the development of the six pillar industries mentioned in the Policy Address — such as cultural and creative industries, testing and certification services, and environmental protection — as early as September 2012.
As in the case of our Phase One and Two campuses, construction of the new building will have to be supported through a fundraising campaign. We firmly believe that the OUHK’s ardent Partners-in-Learning will continue to stand by us. Recently, we have received three major donations from Mr Gerald C S Siu, our Honorary Fellow Mr Vincent Woo and alumna Ms Connie Fong. An acknowledgement ceremony was held at our Closing-of-the-Lunar-Year Luncheon to show our gratitude.
In addition to fundraising success, we are also heartened by the presentation of several awards to the University. Full-time students of the School of Science and Technology have won awards in country-wide and local competitions. Applied science students obtained a third class award in a national competition acclaimed as the ‘Olympics’ of technological inventions by university students in China. Computing and engineering students swept five of the 12 awards in a Web design contest organized by the Hong Kong Computer Society. And the University has again been awarded a Gold Prize in the Web Care Competition organized by the Hong Kong Internet Professional Association.
Wishing you a prosperous and healthy Year of the Tiger!