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  •  Openlink Vol 19 Issue 3 (September 2010)
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    CBMP eLearning course and student financial assistance
    Personal Financial Planning programme launched in Macau
    LiPACE-CITA Diploma Programme Graduation Fashion Show
    LiPACE students win awards at Footwear Design Competition
    New programmes for Project Yi Jin
    New programme for senior secondary school students
    Embracing lifelong learning
    Passing on a passion for Chinese ceramics

    CBMP eLearning course and student financial assistance

    The sixth graduation ceremony for the Capacity Building Mileage Programme (CBMP) was held on 13 May 2010, with the presence of Secretary for Labour and Welfare Mr Mathew Cheung, GBS, JP, Woman Commission Chairperson Ms Sophia Kao, SBS, JP, and a number of other guests. The project has offered over 9,500 women the opportunity to develop their potential and sense of self-worth. During the ceremony, one of the students, Wong Soo-ling, said that through the programme she had learned to use different computer applications such as email, MSN and Facebook to keep in closer touch with her children and grandchildren living overseas.

    Following the end of the second phase of the project, the opening ceremony for the third phase was held on 24 May. A number of celebrities including local pop singer Joey Yung officiated at the ceremony.

    In July, the CBMP introduced a new learning mode — eLearning — to enable students to study, consult instructors and share learning experiences anytime through the OUHK’s online learning platform. The first CBMP eLearning course Women in the Workplace was enrolled to capacity soon after its launch. To cater to students’ diverse needs and interests, more eLearning courses covering different subject areas including Chinese medicine, law, child development and household decoration will be launched in the near future.

    Personal Financial Planning programme launched in Macau

    In collaboration with the Macau Business Management Educational Centre (MEC), LiPACE accepted the first intake of students in the Professional Diploma in Personal Financial Planning programme in January 2010. The programme aims at enhancing Macau residents’ knowledge of the financial planning industry and further strengthening local practitioners’ competence. Recognized by the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK), the programme enables Macau students to become registered Certified Financial PlannersCM in Hong Kong upon completion. Classes are held on weekends and the programme can be completed within a year.

    LiPACE-CITA Diploma Programme Graduation Fashion Show

    The first graduation fashion show for the Professional Diploma in Fashion Design programme launched jointly with the Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) was held on 18 June 2010, with LiPACE Director Prof. Lui Yu-hon as one of the officiating guests. The theme of the show was ‘Revamp,’ symbolizing the transformation students experienced during the learning process. A number of fashion designers, including Mr Tang Kim-kui, served as judges. The champion, the first-runner up and the second-runner up were Adrianne Suen, Carrie Chan and Jasmine Law, respectively.

    LiPACE students win awards at Footwear Design Competition

    Tsang Wa-ho and Sze Pui-kau, students in the Professional Diploma in Fashion Design programme and Diploma in Fashion Design programme respectively, won awards at the Footwear Design Competition Hong Kong 2010. With an Eiffel Tower theme, the high-heels designed by Tsang Wa-ho received the China Shoes for Best Fashion Sense Award. He believes the creative process requires repeated observation, thorough thinking and team work. Sze Pui-kau received two awards in the competition. One of his entries — a pair of female boots — won him the Belle Best Design Award. He drew his inspiration from the silver crown worn by women of the Miao ethnic group in China’s Yunnan province. This was his debut footwear design.

    New programmes for Project Yi Jin

    Project Yi Jin will add four new programmes for the 2010–2011 term. The Music Appreciation and Composition programme will introduce students to different music genres and equip them with the basic skills needed to write pop music. The Aviation Services programme aims at providing students with a basic understanding of the aviation services industry. The Personal Financial Planning programme familiarizes students with the principles and methods of personal financial planning, as well as the fundamental skills used in financial and securities analysis. The Western-style Food and Pastry programme offers a foundation in the preparation of Western food and pastries.

    New programme for senior secondary school students

    In line with the revamped academic structure introduced by the Education Bureau, LiPACE has joined hands with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups to launch the ‘Exploring the E-generation — Other Learning Experiences (OLE) for Senior Secondary School Students’ programme to foster students’ balanced, whole-person development in the arts, social services and work-related experiences. The experience-based programme guides students to reflect on their personal experiences and integrate their learning in their daily lives through lectures, games, group discussions and practising service, with the overall goal being to help them develop an action-oriented approach to life. Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded a certificate and may apply for exemption from one of the liberal studies courses if they enroll in a full-time higher diploma programme at LiPACE.

    Embracing lifelong learning

    Sixty-year-old K C Kwan is one of the loyal students of LiPACE, having already completed a number of programmes ranging from business administration to arts and culture. When he was younger he chose to study business programmes in consideration of their attractive career prospects. After graduating from university, he has held management positions in several companies. All the while he has never stopped studying. With interests spanning from wine appreciation to calligraphy and Chinese studies, he now attaches great importance to instructors’ qualifications when choosing his studies. ‘In the Sinology for Senior Management Executives programme, the world-class scholars from Tsinghua University significantly broadened my horizons,’ he said. Working as a director of a consultancy company, he is now pursuing a doctorate in corporate governance.

    Passing on a passion for Chinese ceramics

    Christian Ng is an instructor in the Certificate in Connoisseurship of Ancient Chinese Ceramics programme. Coming from an art-loving family background, at a young age he decided to devote his career to promoting and preserving traditional Chinese culture. After finishing his Bachelor’s Degree he went to the UK to study for his Master’s Degree in East Asian arts, in order to better prepare himself to take over his family antique business. His passion for the subject has never waned. While teaching his students the skills needed to critique ancient Chinese ceramics, he brings precious antiques from his store to class, giving the students hands-on experience with genuine masterpieces of the art. ‘This provides a good opportunity for students to appreciate ancient Chinese ceramics and provides valuable experience in scrutinizing antique ceramics at close range,’ he noted.

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