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    A Form 5 graduate experienced a career breakthrough after having a second chance to higher education

    Tse Kong-hoi
    Master of Engineering in Engineering Management

    Tse Kong-hoi started working as a courier after finishing Form 5, and it did not take him long to realize the importance of higher academic qualifications for career advancement. Therefore, he decided to become a student again. In order to acquire professional skills to enhance his competitiveness and employability, Kong-hoi enrolled in the Gas Services Engineering programme offered by the Vocational Training Council. Later Kong-hoi was employed by Towngas as an apprentice and he continue to study part-time until he obtained the higher diploma in Gas Services Engineering.

    In 2007, he made a huge step forward in realizing his dream of getting a university degree by enrolling in the OUHK’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering programme. Meanwhile, he changed his job twice and worked at MTR and Ocean Park respectively. In 2010, he obtained his bachelor’s degree and was approached by Towngas. With a better academic qualification, he returned to the company and became a Training Officer.

    In addition to providing coaching to apprentices and technicians, Kong-hoi also needs to deal with government officials and engineers. Seeing that more and more colleagues have higher degrees, he decided to further enhance himself by enrolling in the OUHK’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management programme after consulting with his supervisor. “My supervisor supported my decision as he believed that further study would equip me with the latest knowledge and professional skills that I need in my current role. He even helped me to obtain corporate sponsorships to cover part of the tuition fees.”

    Tse said that one of the reasons for choosing OUHK over other institutions was that the programme is recognized by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. But more importantly, he shared the OUHK’s philosophy in providing “Education for all”. “OUHK’s distance-learning programme is a great option for working adults who have busy work schedules, and some of the programmes do not have any entry requirement which provides an opportunity for many determined individuals to acquire higher academic qualifications. I did not truly understand the importance of it when I was young, but luckily I was given a second chance at the OUHK.”

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