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  The Grand Opening of OUHK Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus
Commemorating 25 years of quality and flexible higher education
27/02/2014
   
 
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The Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) was officially open today (27 February). Officiating at the Grand Opening Ceremony, the Guest-of-Honour, Chief Executive of HKSAR The Honourable C Y Leung, Secretary for Education Mr Eddie Ng, OUHK Pro-Chancellor Dr Charles Lee, Council Chairman Dr Eddy C Fong, President Prof. John C Y Leong, and Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr T Brian Stevenson and other honorable guests were present to witness OUHK reaching new heights. The Jockey Club Campus was built with a donation of about HK$200 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The new college will mainly provide full-time programmes in cultural and creative arts, testing and certification and medical services. The new facility is named as Jubilee College, which is embraced by the Jockey Club Campus, and commemorates the University's 25th anniversary. Alongside the main campus on Shepherd Street it will become a major cradle for nurturing professionals and talents of the next generation.

Held at the Jockey Club Auditorium of Jubilee College on Chung Hau Street in Ho Man Tin, the Grand Opening Ceremony was attended by over 400 guests and friends of the OUHK community, among which include many longstanding supporters of the University. Council Chairman of OUHK Dr Eddy Fong pointed out in his speech that "The Jubilee College, standing in a highly visible part of Ho Man Tin, bordering Princess Margaret Road on one side, and Chung Hau Street on the other, is nicely embraced in the Jockey Club Campus and serves as a landmark of the 25th anniversary of the founding of our University since 1989. Not only does it enable us to further expand to meet various learning needs of our society, it also speaks highly of the Government's relentless support and recognition of our efforts in providing quality higher education. Providing school leavers more opportunities to pursue higher education and develop their talents in the fields of creative arts, testing and certification, and medical services, the Jubilee College enhances career prospects for the youngsters and turns a new leaf to the development of our full-time face-to-face teaching."

Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr T Brian Stevenson said, "The Club cherishes its long association with the Open University that dates from 1993 when we helped build and equip of the original campus in Homantin. The Club's donation covers not only hardware like the construction of this new Jockey Club campus including the Jubilee College building, but also software development for a new Integrated Healthcare Education Programme that meets community needs for nurses and healthcare workers to cater for our ageing population."

OUHK, as a government-established and financially independent University, will continue to cherish its strength and uniqueness in Hong Kong's tertiary education development through dedicated efforts in promoting life-long learning and higher education for all. In the Chief Executive's Policy Address earlier this year, the government will be studying the feasibility of a new scheme to subsidise students to pursue self-financing undergraduate programmes in selected disciplines to meet Hong Kong's manpower needs. The OUHK fully supports and welcomes this initiative and believes its beneficial impact to the long-term development of self-financing institutions.

The President of OUHK Prof. John Leong, in his vote of thanks, also mentioned that, "Throughout the years, we are indebted to the support of the HKSAR Government and the Education Bureau. From the Ho Man Tin campus to the campus extension opened in 2008 and the Jubilee College embraced in the Jockey Club Campus where we are now, the Government has unremittingly lent us support by offering the most-needed land and financial aid. This indeed is a great encouragement to the OUHK and recognition of the University's ability and dedication in providing quality higher education."

The annual intake of Jubilee College is estimated to be 750, with a total capacity of 2,400 students. There is a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities available at the Jubilee College, including student-oriented setups like Arts studios and laboratories, Testing and Certification Laboratories, Clinical Nursing Education Centre, Auditorium, Active Learning Classrooms and Learning Commons (please refer to the Fact Sheet for more details). A canteen and uncovered areas of the campus will be open to the public.

The University is indebted to the support of the Hong Kong Government, and generous donations from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust which amounted to HK$200 million, as well as many philanthropists, friends, alumni, students and staff who together have made the Jubilee College project a big success.

About the 25th Anniversary of OUHK
 
As OUHK enters 25th year this year, Multi-mode Education‧Infinite Potential forms the theme of the anniversary celebration. A rich array of year-round celebration activities has kick-started. Professionals of various aspects are invited to host international conferences, public lectures and forums to promote intellectual exchange and sharing of knowledge. Social activities and competitions will be organised to strengthen the connections between students, alumni, University staff and the community. There will also be a number of exciting leisure and cultural activities. Programme details can be found at www.ouhk.edu.hk/25anniversary.

About The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), established by the government in 1989 with financial independence, is the first university offering open and distance education in Hong Kong. OUHK has striven continuously to achieve its mission of providing high quality and flexible further education opportunities in Hong Kong. The University is currently providing about 300 programmes of different academic levels to more than 12,000 distance learning students and 7,000 full-time students.

OUHK comprises five schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Science and Technology and Li Ka Shing Institute for Professional and Continuing Education. The University conventionally has two buildings on campus of Ho Man Tin and three opened learning centres at various convenient locations, namely Homantin Plaza Learning Centre (HPLC), OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC), which all provide various learning facilities for students.

  Welcoming address by Dr Eddy Fong, Council Chairman of the OUHK

  Vote of thanks by Prof. John Leong, President of the OUHK

  Facility Highlights of OUHK Jubilee College
 

 

Photo 1: Address by Mr Leung Chun Ying, Chief Executive of HKSAR.
Photo 2: Vote of thanks by Prof. John Leong, President of the OUHK.
Photo 3: Guests officiate at the opening ceremony of Jubilee College.
Photo 4: (from left) Mr Edward Cheung, Dr Charles Lee, Dr Eddy Fong, Mr Leung Chun Ying, Mr T Brian Stevenson and Prof. John Leong unveil the plague.
 
 
   
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