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  •  Openlink Vol 24 Issue 1 (March 2015)
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    New Head of Student Affairs:
    Strengthening support to help students thrive and shine

    With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Mrs Dorinda Fung Chan Man-chi took up the position of Head of Student Affairs in January.

    With both distance learning and full-time students, the OUHK’s model is rather different to that of other local higher education institutions and therefore offers a fresh challenge for Mrs Fung. Moreover, she believes that the relative newness of the Student Affairs Office is a plus, as it gives her and her team the chance to learn from other universities in order to develop a flexible and highly effective model for student services here. In fact, shortly after taking up the post, she has already lined up a new internship programme, and a number of new projects are in the pipeline. Indeed, in her new role, Mrs Fung feels she has the freedom to be creative. She is now working on integrating mentorship and internship programmes so that students can put their mentor’s advice into practice directly.

    Mrs Fung values all-round development for students. ‘I can see that many of our students do really well in their extra-curricular activities,’ she explained. ‘We are going to offer them more opportunities to tap into their potential and build up their confidence.’

    On the other hand, Mrs Fung notes that it is not uncommon for distance learning newcomers to encounter difficulties in the early stage of their studies. She believes that a support network of alumni or fellow students is a most useful asset and is aiming to strengthen support for them. In addition, although most of these students work full time, many are still eager to take part in on-campus activities, therefore more will be done on this front in future. She hopes that new initiatives will help develop a stronger sense of belonging to the University among both groups of students.

    After graduation, Mrs Fung first taught at a secondary school whilst also taking on a student counselling role. Later, she transitioned to a student affairs career in higher education. Over the years, she has seen many students grow and shine as they progressed along their chosen path and is still as passionate as ever about student development. Despite her busy schedule, she always tries her very best to attend student sports competitions to cheer the teams on. In fact, she has become quite a fan of ball games as a result of her unwavering support!

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