Welcome to the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), a young, dynamic and innovative university which advances learning, knowledge and research that meet students' learning aspirations and society's talent needs.
Since our establishment by the Government in 1989, the OUHK has evolved from primarily a distance-learning institution to become a full-fledged university providing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as part-time programmes. Like other Government-funded universities in Hong Kong, we admit students to our full-time undergraduate programmes through Hong Kong's Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) and these programmes offer full range of co-curricular activities. On the other hand, the design of our part-time learning programmes and mode of delivery defy the barrier of time and space. Currently we have about 10,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 9,000 part-time learning students.
Among the self-financing institutions in Hong Kong, we are the most established one in terms of student number, faculty number, and choice of programmes. Like the Government-funded universities, we have self-accrediting status, which tells a lot about our academic standards.
We respond dynamically to market trends by tailoring our professional programmes to industry needs. Examples include our signature programmes in creative arts, business, early childhood education, nursing, testing and certification. Our efforts are also recognized by the Government through the "Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors", as twelve of our undergraduate programmes are covered in the scheme starting from 2018/19, with a total of 1,130 subsidized places.
We have invested many resources to set up advanced facilities such as laboratories for creative arts, testing and certification and nursing. Creative delivery of courses that emphasizes experiential learning further adds to the value of our education that seeks to provide early engagement for career and all-rounded development of our students.
It is gratifying to see that our efforts in grooming talent bear fruits. Many of our students have bagged prestigious local and international awards over the years. One outstanding example is that our three fresh graduates in 2017 from the Animation and Visual Effects programme won the 54th Golden Horse Awards for Best Animated Short Film with their final year project "Losing Sight of a Longed Place".
With research funding support from the Government's Research Grants Council and the community, we have also strengthened our research by setting up seven research institutes/centres to spearhead research in selected niche areas of our strengths.
In face of challenges brought by an aging population, we have started a new campus project – the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare - to train up the much-needed manpower for our society, and to help build a healthier Hong Kong. The new campus would house all our existing and new health-related programmes plus a suite of other facilities to enhance students' learning experience. When completed in 2020, the new campus would become a health education and community health care hub in Western Kowloon area.
I invite you to explore our website to find out more about the exciting programmes that we offer to groom talents for our knowledge economy.
Professor Yuk-Shan Wong