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
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
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
|Picture 2: Group photo of guests and speakers.
|Picture 3: About a hundred people attend the