The Installation Ceremony of Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, the 5th President of The Open University of Hong Kong was held today (13 May 2014, Tuesday), culminating the year of the University's 25th anniversary. With remarkable and visionary leadership of Prof. Wong, the OUHK will reach new heights with a unique role in local higher education and will continue to explore more opportunities for young people and adults in Hong Kong and abroad.
OUHK Pro-chancellor Dr the Honourable Charles Lee and Council Chairman Dr Eddy C Fong officiated at the ceremony held in the Jockey Club Auditorium of Jubilee College. Guests and friends from the government, higher education sector and the community, including Secretary for Education Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man, attended the ceremony and witnessed the appointment of Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong as the 5th President of the OUHK.
Addressing the audience in the welcoming remark, Dr Eddy Fong said, "The process in search of a high-calibre personnel to take up presidency of the OUHK commenced in March 2012. With the University heading into its third decade, the Search Committee formed by the Council was looking for someone who could powerfully articulate the mission of OUHK in providing "Education for All". Finally, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, with his wealth of experience in education, good international exposure and established network, was selected among many outstanding candidates."
During the ceremony, Dr Eddy Fong announced the appointment of Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong as the President of the OUHK by presenting him with the Ordinance and the Common Seal of the Open University of Hong Kong. Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong then made his installation speech by sharing his own journey summing up the essence of education — its magical ability to change lives. He said, "I was born into an ordinary family. Both of my parents had never been to school. The high school I went to was also quite ordinary. But something extraordinary happened when I graduated from college. I served as a high school teacher for a year. In those far-off days, becoming a teacher was my biggest ambition. That year of teaching has left a profound impression on me, certain that I had found my true calling in education, filling me with a desire to mold young lives and stimulate curious minds." Later on, Prof. Wong received a generous scholarship and teaching assistantship from McGill University in Canada. After completing PhD, he came back to his homeland and served in a number of Universities in Hong Kong.
Prof. Wong pointed out, "In Hong Kong today, parents are over-eager to give their children their best beginning in life, fearing that they might "lose the contest at the starting line". But we mustn't look at life as having a single starting line. In fact, there are many starting lines in life with its many twists and turns. Modern life with its rapid change, often takes a zigzagging route, where few of us remain in the same job or occupation. There are no life-long jobs but only life-long learning. This is why life-long learning is a necessary piece of equipment for survival and success. And this is why OUHK's role is so important in offering opportunities to all who change their careers or pursuits midstream."
Today, OUHK is "walking on two legs" as described by Prof. Wong. The University began the first lap of its journey walking on one leg — the leg of distance learning. As such, it offers programmes to students who have missed their first opportunity of going to university when they were younger, or to those who want to change their professional or academic pursuits when they were older. In recent years, in answer to the government's 334 reform and to the high demand for degree places, OUHK has grown another leg, as a provider of full time face-to-face undergraduate programmes to take in many more young school leavers.
Looking forward, Prof. Wong will keep on the work to improve the learning environment of the OUHK. He stated, "We are actively seeking government approval for a parcel of land on Sheung Shing Street to further improve student learning facilities and amenities. We ask leaders of our government and our community to lend us a hand so that we can grow in excellence." As for the programmes, the OUHK currently offers over 240 programmes to our students. Disciplines like business and management, arts and literature, social sciences, nursing, environmental studies, education and IT, are widely recognized. The University hopes to broaden the diversity of these courses by listening and responding to the needs of employers and our students. Beginning this academic year, we have put in place new academic programmes which include advertising and media design, computer animation, film making, photographic arts, testing and certification, as well as health services. The University is answering the government's call for new economic driving engines. Because of the success of our programmes, the OUHK will canvass all opportunities for taking our programmes beyond Hong Kong.
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.
Address by Dr Eddy Fong, Council Chairman of the OUHK
Introduction of Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, President of the OUHK
Address by Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, President of the OUHK