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  •  Openlink Vol 20 Issue 3 (September 2011)
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    President's Message
    Curriculum Development
    OUHK well set for ‘3+3+4’ reform with new programmes and a broadened curriculum
    Academic Activities and Alliances
    Professional Development Seminars on OER and OBE
    MOUs signed with Heep Hong Society and IGNOU
    Visit by education experts from eastern Europe
    Nursing lecturers from Sweden tour OUHK teaching facilities
    Distinguished engineering lecture explores sustainability
    Business school seminar on branding and marketing
    Seminar discusses issues of nuclear power
    Sponsorship and Donations
    Jockey Club donates funds for New College’s construction
    Language immersion at the University of Warwick
    HK and Singapore Nursing Student Exchange Programme
    Taiwan cultural exchange tour
    CGCC-sponsored student exchange programmes
    Visit by Permanent Secretary for Education
    Prof. Leong officiates at ICAC Club ceremony
    2011 ICT Conference
    President shares insight on self-financed sub-degree sector
    Information on educational pathways showcased at Education Expo
    OUHK and Midland join forces to train real estate professionals
    New Council members
    Council Chairman conferred Honorary Fellowship by HKAPA
    Scientific Chinese – People of the Year 2010
    Jason Chow wins another award for poetry
    Stories of 2011 full-time programme graduates
    New academic staff
    Programmes and Courses
    Postgraduate Certificate in Enterprise Computing
    New entry pathway for the Bachelor of Nursing programmes
    LiPACE updates
    Mainland Links
    Student Support and Activities
    Alumni Affairs
    New Publication

    President's message

    Following the introduction of the New Academic Structure in secondary schools in 2009, local universities will switch to a four-year undergraduate degree system in 2012. While the new ‘3+3+4’ structure will have a great impact on local education, it also signifies an opportunity for the OUHK to move forward and excel.

    The OUHK has been a pioneer in providing four-year university education in Hong Kong. It started offering full-time four-year Bachelor’s Degree programmes as early as 2003. Building on this experience, the University has reviewed and refined the curriculum of its degree programmes and strengthened its general education courses. It is committed to implementing the new system, seeking to provide a well-rounded, balanced educational experience to its students.

    The University owes much of its success to the generous donations we continue to receive from philanthropists, institutions and organizations. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has recently approved a $200.7 million grant to the OUHK. This will be used to fund the construction of our New College and to launch an Integrated Healthcare Education Programme. We are extremely grateful to the Trust for its generous support of the OUHK.

    We have also received sponsorships for our students to participate in a number of academic exchange programmes overseas and in mainland China. These activities help to broaden our students’ horizons and enrich their educational experience.

    On the academic front, the University and its Schools continue to work with our counterparts both within Hong Kong and in other parts of the world. We have just signed two memorandums of understanding, one with Heep Hong Society and the other with the Indira Gandhi National Open University. In addition, we received several overseas delegations and further explored possibilities of cooperation with the mainland.

    At the OUHK, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing our students, whether full-time or distance learning, attain their goals — to learn more and to enrich their lives. I am deeply impressed by their determination to pursue knowledge. Equally noteworthy is the encouraging news of our graduates gaining more and more external recognition.

    Finally, as new members have recently joined the OUHK Council, we extend our warmest welcome to them, especially the three community leaders who are dedicated to the development of education in Hong Kong. At the same time, we bid farewell to the retired members and thank them for their contributions. Within the OUHK community, we all share the vision of providing tertiary education to those aspiring to it. Together, we will continue to do our utmost to achieve this vision.

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