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  OUHK to hold a testing and certification industry summit 02/03/2011
   
 

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More than two hundred practitioners from the testing and certification industry attended the Testing and Certification Industry Summit held today (2 March) at the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), discussing how to enhance the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong with a view to strengthen the industry’s brand and to meet the manpower needs.

Testing and certification industry is one of the six economic areas where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages and has good potential for further development. In response to the Government's strategic direction to drive the development of the industry, the OUHK will launch two distance learning degree programmes in Product Design, Testing and Certification.

To provide a platform for exchange of professional knowledge and ideas on the latest and future development of the testing and certification industry, the School of Science and Technology of the University specially organized the Testing and Certification Industry Summit, enabling industry practitioners to know more about the opportunities arising from the market and the career prospect.

Addressing the summit, OUHK President Prof. John C Y Leong said the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong has been fairly well developed, adding that the Government has recently announced in the Budget to accept the three-year market-oriented development plan for the testing and certification industry submitted by the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification.

He pointed out that starting from this year, with the implementation of Supplement VII to the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, testing organizations in Hong Kong can for the first time undertake product testing under the China Compulsory Certification System on a pilot basis for toys, circuit installations, information technology equipment and lighting apparatus processed in Hong Kong.

Prof. Leong believes the new initiative could help create business opportunities for local laboratories and open up access to the mainland market. The industry would also benefit from the Government's decision to select four trades, namely Chinese medicine, jewellery, food and construction materials, for focused development of testing and certification services.

With the clear advantages and the promising prospect of the testing and certification industry, the OUHK will launch two related degree's programmes to meet the demand for talent.

"In our plan to set up a college on the newly granted site on Chung Hau Street, testing and certification is one of main programme areas to be developed, alongside with cultural and creative arts, and medical services. Looking ahead, we will explore more related programmes in testing and certification to meet society's need and provide manpower support," Prof. Leong said.

The Testing and Certification Summit was hosted by the OUHK's Dean of School of Science and Technology Prof. Ho Kin-chung and Testing and Certification Strand Leader Dr George Lau. The four speakers, Chairman of Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification Prof. P C Ching, Deputy Chairman of Hong Kong Industry Federation Dr Roy C P Chung, Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency’s Prof. Peter K W Mok and Director-General of Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre Mr Victor Manuel Kuan, shared their views from different perspectives.

Prof. Ching talked about the prospect and current development of the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong. Dr Chung analyzed the significance of testing and certification to Hong Kong's industries and economic developments. Prof. Mok explored the challenges to testing and certification agencies and professionals from the practitioner’s point of view while Mr Kuan discussed the outlook of the industry in the Pearl River Delta.

The Bachelor of Science /Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Product Design, Testing and Certification programmes, to be launched by the OUHK in April, cover a wide spectrum of areas including product design concepts, engineering materials and design, analytical chemistry, testing procedures and technologies, product environmental and safety standards and quality management. The programmes prepare students to embark on a career in the testing and certification industry.

Those who complete 120 credits will be awarded an ordinary degree while a degree with Honours requires 160. Credit exemption will be granted to holders of associate degree and higher diploma in engineering and applied science.

 

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(1) From left: Prof. Paul Kwok, Prof. K C Ho, Prof. Peter K W Mok, Prof. P C Ching, Prof. John C Y Leong, Dr Roy C P Chung, Mr Victor Manuel Kuan and Dr George Lau.

(2) More than two hundred practitioners from the testing and certification industry attended the Testing and Certification Industry Summit held today.
   
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