The OUHK began as a distance learning institution, but has now become a multimode university. This means we offer programmes and courses in different modes, including full-time mode and other mode of learning. OUHK degrees and other qualifications are equal in quality to those of all other universities. Our graduates earned their qualification with years of hard work and dedication, and their skills are being respected by many employers.
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School of Arts and Social Sciences
2014 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing and Film Arts (Full-time programme)
Mr. Riley Leung is a graduate of the full-time Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing and Film Arts programme. He has won a number of awards in both local and overseas film festivals for his short films Remains and More than Ice-cream. His success is all the more remarkable because at the time of his enrolment in the programme, he did not know much about films. He said, ‘At that time, shooting a full-length feature film seemed to be a long way off, but making a short film was something that I could handle. I wanted to share what was in my mind with viewers using images.’ Riley believed that the hands-on experience with the camera in the classroom helped him a lot.
2012 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Writing and Film Arts (Full-time programme)
Billy has been a film lover and a big fan of local actress and singer Miriam Yeung since he was a child. With the theories of ‘star studies,’ he tried to analyse the codes used in her films. In his thesis, he examined the images projected by two characters played by Miriam Yeung in the films Love Undercover I & II, and Love in a Puff and its sequel Love in the Buff. When the OUHK presented its first batch of creative writing and film arts graduates, Billy was one of them.
During his four years at the OUHK, Billy explored the various facets of the creative media. He gradually developed his own views on film study as well as a passion for writing. His reviews were published on the website of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and in Breakazine.
2012 Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Part-time programe)
Andy Ngo started his career in the IT field after completing a Higher Diploma in Information Systems. Despite his outstanding performance, Andy received neither a raise nor a promotion. He then made up his mind to pursue a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours programme at the OUHK and obtained his degree in December 2012.
Andy loved to meet new challenges. With an interest in psychology, he observed that many people did not receive adequate assistance in the face of disasters. He therefore wanted to take a psychological counselling programme and to devote himself to counselling or social service in future.
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature (Part-time programe)
Jenny was born physically challenged. She needs a walking stick for support. Yet there was not much support she could find at an early age. While she was a primary school student, she underwent a major operation. The long stay at a hospital afterwards affected her studies. She also suffered from a lack of confidence since she had to face many challenges as a newcomer to Hong Kong. However, she never forgot the advice given by one of her secondary school teachers who encouraged her to pursue further studies. On graduation day, Jenny stood solemnly in her graduation gown in the congregation hall, and was overcome with emotions.
Preparing for the PSC Putonghua Proficiency Test, Jenny decided on a career in teaching. She recalled what her Putonghua tutor once said, ‘Don’t compare yourself with other people. Find the way that most suits you.’ To all teachers at the OUHK who offered her great support, Jenny expressed her heartfelt thanks.
2011 Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature (Part-time programe)
2012 Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Part-time programe)
2014 Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs) (Part-time programe)
Tsang Hung-to was born in the mainland. After she came to Hong Kong, she was unable to find a job since her qualifications were not recognized. When she took her child to a kindergarten, she was asked to take up some administrative work and to teach Putonghua there. Eventually, she obtained a certificate in kindergarten education, and she started teaching Putonghua for full-time. Afterwards, she became a primary school teacher, and she also completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the OUHK specializing in early childhood education.
As a working mother, Hung-to commended the OUHK’s flexible learning mode for meeting the needs of those in her position. With self-discipline and perseverance, she managed to fulfill her family, work and study commitments, and she also became a role model for her three children.
2010 Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Humanities (Part-time programe)
2011 Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (Part-time programe)
2014 Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting (Part-time programe)
Cho Sheung-wa worked as a merchandizer after obtaining his HKCEE. He then studied for a part-time degree programme in Chinese humanities at the OUHK. Due to a heavy workload, he failed four courses in one semester. Eventually, he discontinued his studies. Later, however, he decided to make a career change to accounting, believing that the prospects would be better in this field with great potential in the mainland market. He therefore returned to the OUHK to complete his BA degree and at the same time embarked on another degree programme in accounting.
Sheung-wa recalled that it was very demanding to be engaged in both work and studies simultaneously. However, he was determined to succeed. Though Chinese literature would not have much in common with accounting, it helped him cultivate patience with handling accounting tasks. Eventually, he successfully completed both programmes and worked as an an assistant accountant. After completing the professional examinations, he would become a certified accountant.
2009 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Language and Translation (Full-time Programme)
2014 Master of Arts in Legal Translation (Part-time programe)
Bryan worked as a clerk after taking A-level examinations. To enhance his qualifications, Bryan studied for an honours degree in language and translation at the OUHK. Upon graduation, he worked as a freelance translator, and decided to take a master’s degree in legal translation. Eventually he developed an interest in law.
Bryan found the OUHK programmes practical and useful, and he was impressed by the professionalism of the teaching staff. He hopes to eventually become a lawyer after completing the Common Professional Examination (CPE) course. His advice to those who are experiencing difficult times is that making plans, working hard and dreams will turn into reality.
2006 Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies (Part-time programe)
2009 Master of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies (Part-time programe)
2010 Bachelor of Social Sciences in Public Administration (Part-time programe)
Alumnus Mr Ho Ming-sun is a retired senior superintendent in the Hong Kong Police. He started his career in the Hong Kong Police since 1976. On the other hand, he studied part-time at the OUHK, not only to enrich his knowledge, but also to develop his interest in different fields.
Mr Ho is interested in issues related to cross-strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan. Whenever he had any doubt about the required readings, he would ask his teachers for advice. As a superintendent he had to work at least 12 hours a day, and therefore he believed that time management and good health were important. He said, ‘I acted as a commander in the police giving orders. However, when I became a student in the classroom, I was not afraid to make mistakes.’
Mr Ho stressed that studying was fun in addition to obtaining degrees and certificates. 'All the OUHK courses I have taken are useful and relevant to our lives and work,' he said. He would like to encourage all students to study hard, be nice to other people, and have a high standard of self-discipline.
2006 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Studies (Part-time programe)
Leung Ka-wing was the former Head of the RTHK Chinese radio programme service. He had a busy job with irregular working hours, so the flexible learning mode of the OUHK was a right choice for him.
He believed that the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies programme was very helpful to him. He had a degree in science, but his job required knowledge of social sciences. In the OUHK, he learned a lot about politics, economics and sociology, and he was able to apply them to solve many problems.
His motto is ‘be a happy and honest person’. He suggested that a person should be practical and sincere, and not to be mean to other people.
2000 Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Humanities (Part-time programe)
2006 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Chinese Humanities (Part-time programe)
Chow Kit-ping was passionate about literature since she studied in a secondary school, and she even dreamed of writing scripts for Cantonese opera. When she realized that creative writing was her true love, she started to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the OUHK. The programme did not include courses in Chinese opera that she wanted. However, through studying Chinese poems, literary criticism and classical novels, she had confidence in the ability to write, and two of her scripts were performed on stage.
In 2006, Kit-ping obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Chinese Humanities. She aimed at writing more new scripts and completing a Master’s Degree in Chinese Literature to broaden her horizons.
Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration
2014 Bachelor of Business Administration in China Business (Full-time programme)
2015 Certificate in Law Enforcement and Security Management (Part-time programe)
Mr Lau Yuen-keung received from the OUHK a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in China Business. Since he was a high school student, he studied martial arts, including Wing Chun kung fu, jujitsu and boxing. He admitted that in his early years he had little interest in academic studies. But under the tutelage of his master, he came to realize that he should not ignore his school work. He made up his mind to catch up. However, he did not do well in the HKCEE. Undaunted, he applied himself to the Yi Jin programme and the pre-Associate Degree programme. Subsequently, he enrolled in the OUHK’s Bachelor programme. He would like to either join the police force or business sector, and he will continue his interests and passion as an amateur boxer.
2013 Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (in Chinese) (Part-time programe)
Coming from Germany, Katrin Buchta worked as an interpreter for the Consulate General of Germany in Guangzhou.
In 2013, Katrin completed the OUHK's Part-time programe in Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (in Chinese). She said, 'The programme fitted my life style very well.' As she often went on business trips or away from the office for different events, she studied whenever she had a free moment. Although she could not participate in real-time online classes due to the network limits on the mainland, she downloaded the materials, and joined chat-room discussions with her classmates. In fact, the law programme helped her in many ways with her job. 'As I need to translate or revise some official documents, I now know the right words after I have studied Chinese business law,’ she said.
2013 Postgraduate Certificate in Chinese Business Law (Part-time programe)
2014 Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (Part-time programe)
Thousands of miles separate Hong Kong and the Italian island of Sardinia. Yet, our distance-learning students in places so far apart can still feel almost as if they were in the same classroom. Luigi Pau had the experience of this type of learning.
Luigi became interested in Chinese law for several reasons. ‘First of all, I was interested in Chinese culture and customs. Secondly, I think that international comparative law and Chinese law are becoming increasingly important in the world. Finally, the tourism industry is flourishing in Sardinia, but there are currently no lawyers who are familiar with Chinese business law.’
Luigi encouraged people to enroll in the Part-time programes of the OUHK. ‘I would say: go for it! The OUHK offers great opportunities, and the courses are very practical.’
2012 Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance (Part-time programe)
As an Assistant Vice President of a bank, Paul Wong was extremely busy, working from 9 am to 9 pm every day. Seeing that a framework of qualifications would be implemented in the industry, Paul wanted to upgrade himself through further studies. He found that the flexible Part-time programe of the OUHK perfectly met his needs.
Paul praised the programme at the OUHK for its practicality and up-to-date contents. He benefited greatly from discussions of the real-life cases provided by tutors, most of whom worked in the banking and commercial sectors. Paul also enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life on campus. He had a long memory for the days when he and his classmates went to Cheung Chau Island to start their revision together for examinations.
2012 Bachelor of Business Administration in China Business (Part-time programe)
Chairman and CEO of Twin Wealth Group, Dato’ Dr Wong Kwing-keung have more than 30 years of experience in business management. He became a student of the OUHK in 2002 when he enrolled on the BBA programme in China Business. After years running a business in specialised fields with many professionals working under him, Dr Wong felt a pressing need to upgrade himself. He said that the courses offered by the OUHK enriched his management knowledge.
Dr Wong was humble and never mentioned his extensive business experiences in class. Although he might at times have known more about certain topics than the tutors did, he listened attentively. ‘During tutorials, there was always something that’s new to me, and I liked to listen to the views of my classmates.’ he said. He also shared his life motto, ‘There are always solutions for difficulties. Indeed, nothing in life is difficult.’
2011 Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (Part-time programe)
Robert Lau Chi-ching embarked on the Master of Laws in Chinese Business and obtained the degree in December 2011.
Previously, Robert studied for a Master degree of Science in Chinese Business Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. However, his work as a company director required frequent travel to the mainland. He led a very busy life, and was often absent from class. Finally he decided to turn to the OUHK and enrolled in the law programme in the e-learning mode.
Robert commended the OUHK programme for its practicality and extensive use of up-to-date case studies. The tutorials were conducted by practicing legal professionals. He also found that the practical knowledge of Chinese business law that he gained would greatly enhance his management and communication skills.
2009 Bachelor of Business Administration in China Business (Full-time programme)
Chung Hin-tang completed a Bachelor degree of Business Administration in China Business. He believed that the OUHK provided him with a well-rounded education. He learned not only from the books, but also from internship experiences. Following his graduation, he joined the Internship Programme for University Graduates, and was assigned to work for Yuexiu Property. After a half-year internship, he received a job offer from the company.
He thought that the most useful subject for him was ‘Marketing in China’. The subject helped him understand the overall situation in China business. The courses on marketing planning and principles of marketing were also useful, especially learning about SWOT analysis.
He believed that a person has to be honest when he makes any decisions. At work, one has to be humble, eager to learn and responsible for his own actions.
School of Education and Languages
Doris Fung Sau-tak
2012 Bachelor of Education with Honours in Primary Education (English Strand) (Part-time programe)
As a primary school English teacher, Doris Fung Sau-tak devoted a tremendous amount of time to help her students, who were underprivileged, having special learning needs or family problems. During the wave of education reforms, Doris wanted to enhance her own skills and to upgrade her academic qualifications. So she enrolled on the OUHK’s Honours Degree programme in primary education. In spite of the demands of looking after a family, teaching and studying, Doris managed to complete a degree in four years.
Doris was very grateful for the support she received from the OUHK. Many of her colleagues and friends followed her example and embarked on further studies. Most importantly, her studies gave her insights into lifelong learning. She said ‘I hope to inspire my students to pursue lifelong education at different stages of development.’
2012 Bachelor of Education with Honours in Primary Education (Part-time programe)
Kan Pui-fang obtained a Bachelor of Education degree with Honours in Primary Education in 2002. She believed that the OUHK programmes offered a great degree of flexibility in the way her life was organized. Throughout her studies, she chose a number of electives each term according to her career needs and family obligations. She recalled that during the 1990s, it was not common for working people to take further studies. However, she felt that she needed to enrich her knowledge. After completing some refresher courses offered by the Education Bureau, she commenced her studies at the OUHK.
She pointed out that some of the courses were very useful for her career, for example the design of the school curriculum. Under the guidance of the OUHK instructors, she could apply what she learned to solving problems.
She encouraged the OUHK students to devote themselves to studies and to treasure every learning opportunity.
Kevin Chan Lai-sin
2011 Bachelor of General Studies (Part-time programe)
2015 Master of Business Administration (Part-time programe)
Kevin Chan Lai-sin worked for the MTR and also studied design part-time after completing his Form 5 education. He entered the design industry once he had obtained the relevant qualifications. He became the design director of the design centre which he established, employing more than 200 staff members. With the hope of learning more about different disciplines, he enrolled in the OUHK’s Bachelor of General Studies programme at the OUHK in 2006 and graduated in December 2011.
Kevin said the high-quality course materials and the professional tutors inspired him to study hard. He was also impressed by the persistence and stamina of the OUHK students. He met many students who were studying simply to gain practical knowledge, not for higher qualifications or better career prospects. Kevin gave every encouragement to his colleagues to pursue lifelong learning, and he became a role model for them.
2011 Bachelor of Education with Honours (English Strand) and Bachelor of Language Studies (English) (Honours) (Full Time Programme)
Olivia Chui Pui-kei completed a double degree with a Bachelor of Education with Honours (English Strand) and Bachelor of Language Studies (English) (Honours). She actively participated in extra-curricular activities in her university days. She was a committee member of the Students’ Union in 2008. She also represented her fellow students and made a speech on the fine-tuning of the medium of instruction at a Legislative Council panel meeting. In 2009, she worked as an editorial intern at China Central Television for one month. Then, last summer, she served as a research assistant at the Police College, responsible for investigating and analysing police officers’ needs for Putonghua courses. All these activities helped to broaden her horizons and develop her interpersonal skills. Olivia was determined to be a teacher and hoped that her students would become responsible individuals with positive personalities and high self-esteem.
Olivia plans to start studying for a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
2010 Bachelor of Education with Honours (English Strand) and Bachelor of Language Studies (English) with Honours (Full time programme)
Born in South Africa, Samantha Seiter was a teacher in Hong Kong before she enrolled for a Bachelor of Language Studies (English) with Honours programme. While studying at the OUHK, she received a number of outstanding student awards and scholarships, and graduated with first-class honours from both programmes in 2010. Samantha admitted that she found the long hours of study very tiring, and that she took only one vacation in four years. Yet, she found the experience very rewarding. ‘Studying at the OUHK was very valuable for me, because I was trained how to think critically and to learn independently. We were also taught practical skills, such as academic writing and how to look up primary sources.’
Though Samantha went on to study at the University of Oxford in the UK, when being asked about a good place for education, she replied sincerely, ‘Hong Kong, especially the OUHK.’
Dr Samuel Cheng studied at the Open Learning Institute many years ago. As a chemistry instructor and a student at the same time, he faced many challenges. When he decided to enrol in a Doctor of Education programme, he chose the OUHK. The distance learning mode was particularly helpful to him as he needed to work full-time. The topic of his thesis was about the provision of learning experience outside the classroom as well as service learning programmes which would change how the students think and live.
The fact that he completed a doctoral programme inspired his colleagues to strive for their own goals through hard work. He advised the OUHK students that self-discipline should be very important. With good time management skills, one would achieve academic success.
2006 Master of Education (Part-time programe)
2007 Bachelor of Education with Honours in Secondary Education (Chinese Strand) (Part-time programe)
Mr Wang ngao, CEO of Huaxia Foundation, studied for a Bachelor degree of Education with Honours in Secondary Education (Chinese Strand) programme as well as the Master of Education programme at the OUHK. With his passion for education, he said: ‘Open up the students, never let them down’. He did not believe in standing still. He insisted that continuous learning would help one adapt to a changing environment. Being simultaneously enrolled in two programmes was not an easy task, requiring meticulous time management and dedication. By 2007, he had completed his studies.
The programmes he undertook at OUHK enabled him to understand in depth the educational needs of young people at various stages. More importantly, he learned to put into practice what he had acquired, mindful of the nature of education and how best to meet the needs of modern society through teaching.
1995 Associate Diploma in Health Services Management (Part-time programe)
2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Liberal Studies Education (Part-time programe)
2009 Master of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies (Part-time programe)
2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Energy & Environmental Sustainability (Cleaner Production & Green Technology) (Part-time programe)
2012 Master of Science in Energy and Environmental Sustainability (Part-time programe)
While working in a hospital as a registered nurse, Fanny Wong completed the OUHK’s Master of Social Sciences in Liberal Studies. She then studied for a Master degree of Science in Energy and Environmental Sustainability. Having qualifications in both healthcare and environmental studies, Fanny was appointed by LiPACE as a part-time instructor of elderly care and environmental and public health.
She said, ‘I was interested in the modules on environmental protection when I studied for my Master’s degree in Liberal Studies. With the support from the OUHK’s academic staff, I managed to take a step further in my studies.’ She hoped to pass on the ideas of lifelong education to herstudents.
2012 Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care (Full-time programme)
Manny first wanted to be a nurse when she was in Form 6. Nevertheless, she was admitted to an electrical engineering programme, and soon realized she could not keep up with the class. Around the same time, visits to her grandfather at an hospital rekindled her aspiration to become a nurse. Manny thus decided to study for a Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care at the OUHK.
In her four years of studies, she gained a deep understanding of the work of a nurse. She realized that nurses are often able to identify the needs of patients since they have frequent contact with patients. Her many unforgettable experiences include an encounter with a woman patient who suffered from postnatal depression, and also the process of donating her bone marrow during the summer break in her third year.
Manny now worked in a hospital. She planned to pursue a Master’s degree for career advancement.
2000 Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (Part-time programme)
Ng Chun-yuen graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree. She chose the OUHK because the flexible learning schedule allowed her to manage her time effectively. She recalled how she and her husband, who was also an OUHK student, went to the library and studied together. With the guidance of her instructor, she completed a research project related to obstetrics. The project was successful, and her research paper was published in a British journal.
Her learning experience also inspired her colleagues. They realized that lifelong learning would lead to better service.
Chun-yuen believed that, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. Once the first step was taken, it would be easy to achieve a goal step-by-step.
2002 Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (Part-time programe)
The OUHK first offered the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) Part-time programe in 1994, providing registered nurses with the opportunity to pursue a degree for career advancement. With 13 years of working experience in nursing, Mr Yue Yan-sang decided to enroll in this programme. He graduated in 2002, and was promoted to Nursing Officer at Kwong Wah Hospital.
‘What the programme taught was far more in depth than that I had learned in the past,’ said Yan-sang. ‘It enabled me to think from different perspectives. I learned to care about the feelings of patients and their families, and to communicate well with my co-workers,’ he added.
He also pointed out that, ‘As I had to meet the demands of work and family, I chose the OUHK’s programme which was flexible to cater for my needs.’
2014 Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology(Part-time programe)
Ten years ago, Cyrus Cheng Ka-chi entered the workforce to become a salesperson after performing poorly in his A-level examinations. One day, he was asked to work on the programming of the company website, he realized he had a real aptitude and interest in IT. He therefore started studying for a Bachelor degree with honours in Internet technology at the OUHK in 2010. After graduation he made a successful career change into IT, and was soon promoted to a middle management position.
Cyrus observes that some employers have an incorrect picture of OUHK graduates, thinking that they are less competitive. However, Cyrus speaks highly of the OUHK graduates, praising their self-discipline and strong independent learning skills. He believes that it is a good attitude that counts in the workplace, and he encourages youngsters to face the challenges and work towards their goals.
2011 Master of Science in Energy and Environmental Sustainability
2015 Doctor of Engineering (Part-time programe)
Mr Cheung Kam-wah is the General Manager of Telecom Division of Fujitsu Hong Kong Limited. He obtained a Master of Science in Energy and Environmental Sustainability at OUHK in 2011. The following year, he enrolled in our Doctor of Engineering programme to pursue further studies in energy management. He believed that taking a Part-time programe helps him develop contacts with people from different walks of life. He was equally impressed with the professionalism of the instructors, not to mention the comprehensive and practical nature of the programmes.
Mr Cheung thinks that long distance running can be used us a metaphor for studying a Part-time programe. ‘Long distance running takes prolonged practice. There are no shortcuts. Likewise, working and studying at the same time are very demanding. It takes good planning, time management and stamina to reach the final destination.’
2011 Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care (Full-time programme)
Ivan Law Ka-ho liked meeting with people and wanted to get a job which would allow him to interact with people of all types. On the first day of his practicum training in Castle Peak Hospital, he was indeed a bit nervous. However, he soon felt at ease with the patients when he saw that their condition was stable.
Ivan pointed out that mental health nurses have to spend long hours with the patients and pay attention to every detail of their daily activities in order to establish a rapport with them.
He wanted to set up a clinic in the future to provide some tailor-made treatments for his patients in order to help them recover and integrate with the community.
2011 Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computing (Full-time programme)
Cusson Lee has suffered from muscular dystrophy since he was a child. He can only move his index fingers slightly to control a mouse. Yet, through his perseverance, he managed to graduate from the OUHK in 2011. In September 2013, he was also awarded as one of the Top Ten Regeneration Warriors.
While Cusson was a student, his mother accompanied him to school every day and took class notes for him. She had to raise up her hand if he did not understand something in class. Looking back at his years of hard work at the OUHK, he and his mother shared lots of good memories.
For his graduation project, Cusson decided to build a robot. In addition to the challenge inherent in building the robot, Cusson faced difficulties in communicating with his mother on how to work things out. As the project involved a virtual interface on the computer, Cusson asked his mother to help him assemble the components so that the programme he wrote could be used to drive the robot. By sharing his technical knowledge with his mother during the production process and, most importantly, gaining her support, Cusson eventually completed the course with flying colours.