The Alumni Homecoming Day of The Open University of Hong Kong concluded with success yesterday (25 May 2014, Sunday) at the Jubilee College, with overwhelming response from alumni from Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland attending. During the event, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, the President of OUHK met many of the alumni groups for the first time, and enjoyed various performances by the alumni. Prof. Wong expressed his gratitude to the generous support from the alumni throughout the years, which contributed enormously to the past success of the University. With their continued support, the OUHK can advance further in their development of the learning environment for students.
The event was officiated by OUHK Deputy Council Chairman Mr Edward Cheung and the President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong. Addressing the audience at his opening speech, Mr Edward Cheung said, "The OUHK, as one of the self-financing institutes in Hong Kong, has been paying much efforts in exploring new financial resources. I have been very much heartened to the relentless efforts from alumni, students, teaching staff and friends for all these years. To further broaden the variety of our programmes to include cultural and creative arts, testing and certification and medical service, the University established the Jubilee College with a total construction cost of $709 million. A debut fund-raising campaign entitled 'Name a Desk' was thereby launched for the new Jubilee College project which received positive feedbacks from many donors. The next major challenge for the University is to actively seek government approval for a parcel of land on Sheung Shing Street, which is adjacent to Phase 2 campus, to develop our Phase 3 campus which could further improve student learning facilities and amenities."
OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong also offered his appreciation to the alumni's support and encouragement. He pointed out in his speech that as the President, he strived to provide the best learning environment to the students, like campus and learning facilities enhancement and development, which is essential for a fruitful student life and will raise the sense of belonging among our students. For the next step, the University will put a priority on quality teaching and provide more overseas exchange and internship opportunities for students, while offering financial assistance to those in need. Since Year 2001, the Alumni Scholarship and Bursary Fund was set up to help promote a caring and giving culture to the alma mater and give assistance to those students with financial difficulties. This year, the OUHK is launching another fundraising campaign named "Alumni Gifts for the Future" which the University is hoping to gain more support from our alumni.
The Homecoming Day was filled with fabulous shows and lively activities, including the superb performance by the talented students and alumni like the OUHK Orchestra music show and singing performance, as well as the school tour of Jubilee College led by a team of "Life-Learning Student Ambassadors". An OUHK Year 3 full-time accounting student Mr Chan Chun Hin, who won the Second Runner-up of the World Yo-yo Contest, was invited to the University to show his stunning Yo-yo tricks. Alumni and guests were impressed with the state-of-the art facilities like Clinical Nursing Education Centre, Testing and certification laboratories and Cultural and creative arts studio and laboratories. There were also booths for the sale of OUHK's 25th anniversary souvenirs, display of leather accessories and fabric bags designed by students.
In addition, to celebrate the success of the "Name a Desk Fundraising Campaign" for the construction of Jubilee College, guests and alumni donors whose donations of $6,000 or above were acknowledged on desk plaques at one of the lecture halls at the new college. The campaign drew widespread attention. Many donors were invited to visit and take picture of the plaques with their names during the Homecoming Day.
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 240 programmes of different academic levels to more than 12,000 distance learning students and 7,000 full-time students.
OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University conventionally has two buildings on campus of Ho Man Tin, Jubilee College 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.