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  OUHK partners with SGS to optimize Hong Kong's certification services 15/03/2013

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About 100 Hong Kong students will start their full-time studies at the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) for testing and certification professions at Bachelor's level this September.

In active response to the HKSAR Chief Executive's recent emphasis in his policy address on developing testing and certification services in Hong Kong, the OUHK programmes are designed to help students gain comprehensive knowledge of the industry. In addition to the theories being taught, students will be able to attend seminars and pay visit to the related organizations or laboratories. On completion of the programme, they shall be able to perform supervisory and decision-making duties in a laboratory.

Over the past two years, the OUHK has been actively training professionals for the industry. Part-time programmes in testing and certification at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels were offered in 2011 and 2012 to meet society's need and provide manpower support. The University's New College on Chung Hau Street, which is now under construction, will significantly expand its enrolment capacity and teaching facilities for both part-time and full-time students. .

In addition to offering programmes, the University collaborates with various organizations in the industry, including Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (STC) and Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification (HKTIC), on enhancing the professional development of the testing and certification industry.

To further facilitate the sustainable growth of the industry, the OUHK and SGS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today (15 March). A seminar was held on the same day in which two specialists from the industry were invited to deliver talks on the industry's trend and career prospects. About a hundred people attended the event.

The OUHK Vice President (Academic) Prof. Danny Wong and SGS China & Hong Kong Systems & Services Certification Senior Director Mr Ben Tsang signed the MOU at a ceremony held at the OUHK's Ho Man Tin campus. The ceremony was witnessed by the OUHK's Dean of School of Science and Technology Prof. Ho Kin-chung and SGS Hong Kong Corporate PR & Marketing Director Ir. Raymond Wong.

To boost the development of the industry, the OUHK and the SGS will collaborate on the provision of seminars, technical visits and practical training. OUHK students will be given internship opportunities by SGS. On the other hand, OUHK will provide study opportunities for staff members of the SGS.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Wong said both parties will explore other joint projects to help optimize the professional development of the testing and certification industry in Hong Kong.

At the seminar, Prof. Chapman Chan, Adjunct Professor of the School of Science and Technology of the OUHK talked about the challenges and future development in certification industry while Mr Cliff Poon, Certification Manager of SGS Systems and Services Certification, made a presentation on the paths towards a successful career in certification auditor.

Students pursuing the Bachelor's Degree in Product Design, Testing and Certification distance learning programme have to complete 120 credits while those who have completed 160 credits will be awarded honours degree. Holders of recognized Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in related disciplines will be able to obtain credit exemption.

The Master of Science in Testing and Certification programme is delivered in part-time face-to-face mode. Applicants with a recognized Bachelor's degree in science, engineering, biology, physics or related disciplines are required to complete 60 credits of compulsory and selective courses. Students may also complete 20 credits or 40 credits of the required courses to get the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma in Testing and Certification as an early exit point of the Master programme. The programmes will commence in April and October every year.
Picture 1: (from left) Prof. Ho Kin-chung, Prof. Danny Wong, Mr Ben Tsang and Ir. Raymond Wong officiate at the signing ceremony.
Picture 2: Group photo of guests and speakers.
Picture 3: About a hundred people attend the seminar.
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