Openlink Vol 23 Issue 3 (September 2014)
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President's Message

25th Anniversary Activities

OUHK Open Day
Distinguished Leaders Series:
Dr Anthony Neoh speaks on rule by law and will
video
Tertiary students demonstrate strengths in programmingvideo
Scholars and experts discuss issues related to ecology and preservation
Conference on technology and educational practices

Development

Institutional Review 2014
Mapping out development plans for the next decade
OUHK welcomes over 300 subsidized places in the SSSDP
More efforts and resources to enhance student support and services

An ideal place for study and collaborative work

Student Achievements

Student Support and Activities

Sponsorship and Donations

Financial awards hit three-year record high
Students explore the world through sponsored study tours

Events

Community Healthcare Day and Jockey Club Home Health Watch Programmevideo
Tsim Tak-lung discusses the key to improving English proficiencyvideo
Meeting with Kowloon City District Councillors
Business leaders visit the OUHK
Speaking on Hong Kong cultural change with wit and charm

Academic Activities and Alliances

People
Associate Vice President Prof. Ip Yiu-keung
Charting out a path for the future
New Council members
New academic staff
Mainland Links

Alumni Affairs

Outstanding Alumni Sharing Series — Boss Spiritvideo
Programmes and Courses
LiPACE updates
Newsbrief

Associate Vice President Prof. Ip Yiu-keung
Charting out a path for the future

Prof. Ip Yiu-keung was promoted to the post of Associate Vice President (Academic Support and External Links) in February of this year. In his new capacity, he will oversee the Library, University Research Centre, Centre for eLearning, Student Affairs Office, Office of Mainland Affairs and Office of Planning and Quality Assurance, thereby ensuring that the best possible teaching, learning and research support is offered to our staff and students, as well as strengthening relationships with various external parties.

Prof. Ip, looking forward to his new role, said that he will strive to consistently develop all six of these offices, by focusing in particular on two aspects: planning and quality assurance. Regarding planning, Prof. Ip stated that he will continue to exercise good planning, because he believes that what is ‘well-begun is half done.’ Regarding quality assurance, Prof. Ip said that a good system is the key to ensuring that various quality assurance mechanisms function properly and efficiently. For this reason, he is now working on several proposals, one of which aims to establish student learning analytics for student learning management and behaviour analysis. It is hoped that, through the application of better data and information, new initiatives could be formulated and implemented more smoothly. Prof. Ip has also designated the enhancement of student support as another of his major tasks. He and his team will provide more diverse and better-tailored services in the near future.

Prof. Ip joined the OUHK in 1997 and was promoted to Dean of the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration the following year. He said that he looks back fondly on the many years that he spent with his colleagues at the School. He remembers in particular those who raised doubts when he and his colleagues introduced the MBA programme in mainland China and the full-time face-to-face programmes in an attempt to expand upon the OUHK’s success in providing distance learning education. Thanks to the support of the Presidents and the hard work of his colleagues, these programmes turned out to be extremely successful.

Prof. Ip said that he did not initially plan to become a university teacher and administrator after his graduation, but life has its own plans. He came to the OUHK after having taught in both local and overseas institutions, and has spent the greatest portion of his career at the OUHK. ‘I share a belief in the University’s mission. I am so happy to see our students succeed in their academic pursuits and see the difference this makes in their lives, especially for those students who missed their chance to study when they were younger.’ Prof. Ip also appreciates the innovativeness of the OUHK and its tradition of quality assurance and effective mangement.

Outside of his work, Prof. Ip is an avid fisherman, but these days he is more likely to spend his weekends at the University rather than outside with his fishing rod. He is excited about the challenges ahead and prefers work to play. ‘To some it might look like I’m a workaholic, but I really enjoy my work!’