The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and Caritas Adult and Higher
Education Service have joined hands to offer collaborative articulation
programmes, providing opportunities for higher diploma or associate degree
graduates of Caritas Francis Hsu College and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers
to upgrade their qualifications to degree level.
OUHK President Professor John C Y Leong and Caritas-Hong Kong Chief Executive
Rev Michael Yeung signed the alliance agreement today (Thursday) at a ceremony
held at the University's Ho Man Tin campus..
The collaboration between the two institutions began in 2004 with a
partnership with Caritas Bianchi College of Careers. Today's agreement has
included Caritas Francis Hsu College in the alliance to provide top-up degree
programmes for hospitality management graduates, including those on the
Associate Degree in Hospitality Management and BTEC Higher National Diploma in
Hospitality programmes of Caritas Bianchi College of Careers; and on the
Associate Degree of Business Administration in Tourism and Marketing Management
and Associate Degree in Hospitality Management programmes of Caritas Francis Hsu
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Leong said the OUHK and Caritas-Hong Kong
shared the same goals and mission, and the academic alliance between the two
institutions over the past three years had enabled them to leverage their
strengths and provide higher diploma and associate degree holders with more
study opportunities locally.
"With our rapidly expanding economy in recent years, the number of business
travelers is fast increasing. The Individual Visit Scheme for Mainland visitors
has further pushed up the demand for professionals in the hotel, tourism and
hospitality industries. The OUHK is honoured to have partnered with Caritas-Hong
Kong, which is renowned for its quality education in this field, to offer more
professional training for students before they enter the workforce. Such
collaboration not only boosts the competitiveness of students but also enables
us to respond quickly to the needs of the market," said Professor Leong.
Rev Yeung said the new agreement marked another phase of close relationship
between Caritas-Hong Kong and the OUHK, and he looked forward to further
cooperation between the two in a wider scope of studies in the future.
The OUHK and Caritas Bianchi College of Careers first offered together the
full-time Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Management
programme and later introduced two more degree programmes in Commercial Design
and Hospitality Management. More than 80 students completed these top-up degree
programmes in the past two years and the second batch of students will graduate
Caption : Rev Michael Yeung and Prof John Leong
signed an academic alliance agreement
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