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    OUHK full-time programmes
    An exciting university life

    The new ‘3+3+4’ academic structure was officially launched in universities last September. This also kicked off the ‘double-cohort year’ as students completing Form 6 and 7 entered universities at the same time to begin their Bachelor’s Degree studies. The OUHK was well-prepared for this challenge, offering new students a well-rounded education experience and a rich and interesting university life.

    Refined curriculum, well-balanced education experience

    This year, the University is offering via JUPAS 15 honours degree programmes for students taking the HKDSE and nine for those taking the HKCEE examinations. A number of ordinary degree programmes admitting students by direct application are also being offered. At present, about 6,200 students are enrolled in 31 full-time face-to-face degree programmes offered by the OUHK’s four Schools.

    Consistent with the new academic structure’s emphasis on fostering a broader outlook, we have fine-tuned the curriculum by consolidating and regrouping courses and content. Now, up to 75% of a student’s credits are devoted to his or her major area of study, including both compulsory and elective courses. The other 25% or more are devoted to general education, of which half are purpose-designed general education courses and the other half non-disciplinespecific and English language courses. This structure provides our students a broad foundation in and in-depth coverage of their chosen areas of specialization, as well as a well-balanced education experience.

    The OUHK has been using the outcome-based approach for some years, giving students a clear understanding of what they are expected to achieve in a programme or course. Our new curriculum is built around institutional outcomes, including the ability to think critically, analytically and creatively; the adoption of a global outlook; ad the readiness to act as a responsible citizen and contribute to society.

    These measures and concepts also apply to our distance learning programmes. With consideration given to the various backgrounds and learning objectives of distance learning students, the University continues to explore new programmes and courses, and to offer multiple entry points and early exit options.


    More space, more facilities

    The OUHK’s Ho Man Tin campus is the home base for full-time programmes. The main building on Good Shepherd Street and its extension provide a full range of teaching facilities, including lecture theatres, a library, an audio-visual production centre, a nursing centre, and language, computer, science and engineering laboratories. The campus also offers study rooms, recreational facilities and a cafeteria, allowing students to strike a good balance between study and relaxation.

    In response to the rising number of programmes and students, the OUHK ‘New College’ building is now under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2014. The new 12-storey building is located on Chung Hau Street near the main campus. Apart from basic amenities, innovative facilities such as specialized laboratories, Active Learning Classrooms and Learning Commons will be featured.


    Diverse student activities

    The University encourages students to organize student-related activities to enrich their campus life and broaden their horizon. Currently there are about 35 student societies, engaging in a diverse range of sports, academic, arts and cultural activities with the support and assistance of the Student Affairs Office (SAO) of the Registry. Students also have opportunities to join overseas exchange tours, internship programmes and community activities. Moreover, the Students’ Union provides student services, supports students‘ welfare, and serves as a channel of communication between them and the University management.

    Every year, the University offers scholarships to reward students with outstanding academic performance. Students who are in financial need may apply for the Government and the OUHK’s financial assistance schemes. A counselling service is available to help students understand and manage the difficulties they encounter during their university life, and to enhance their personal growth and development.


    Supportive career services, promising career prospects

    The SAO provides multi-faceted career services to students. Recruitment talks and workshops, career exhibitions and job interviews are arranged to assist students and graduates with job searches and career planning. Every year, the University conducts an employment survey of full-time graduates six months after graduation. The last survey revealed that about 85% of respondents found a job within six months after graduation and still held the job, up to 91% received one or more job offers, and about 5% pursued further studies. This shows that OUHK graduates are competitive in the job market and are able to realize their full potential in society.

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