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    OUHK President speaks about the golden opportunity for transforming Hong Kong at the University's 27th Congregation 10/12/2018

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    Group photo of the four Honorary Doctorate recipients and Principal Officers of the OUHK.


    The four honorary doctorates recipients are(from left) Mr Peter Lee Kwok-wah, Prof. Peter J Buckley, Mr Anthony Chow Wing-kin, and Prof. the Honourable Tsui Lap-chee.


    Speaking at the Congregation, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong urges the government, industry and academia to grasp the golden opportunity for transforming Hong Kong into a technological powerhouse.
    The 27th Congregation of The Open University of Hong Kong will be held from today (10 December) to 14 December at which over 7300 graduates will receive their awards. (A summary of graduate statistics can be found in the Appendix).

    OUHK Pro-Chancellor Dr the Honourable Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, who presided over the ceremony today, also conferred honorary doctorates on four outstanding individuals. They are the Founding Director of Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds Prof. Peter J. Buckley, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and former President of the Hong Kong Law Society Mr Anthony Chow Wing-kin, Founder and Executive Director of Crowning-United Ltd Mr Peter Lee Kwok-wah, and President of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences and former Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Hong Kong Prof. the Honourable Tsui Lap-chee.

    Addressing the ceremony, OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong congratulated the graduates on reaching the milestone in their education. He hoped that they could retain an insatiable sense of curiosity, dare to challenge the status quo, and seek answers to what they do not know even after leaving the University. He also encouraged the graduates to let curiosity be their credo and allow continuous skill enhancement be their life-long pursuit, for it will not only benefit their career but also bring personal happiness.

    Upon congratulating graduates, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong also shared his view on a recent widely discussed issue – the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong. He said that it is a golden time for Hong Kong to turn itself into a centre of innovative technology. The central and local governments, industry as well as academia are all ready to come together to transform and enrich the economic model.

    Prof. Wong noted that Hong Kong enjoys many advantages including a sound legal framework, a huge budget surplus, a global reputation and orientation, best communication and excellent international connectivity as well as first-class scientists and universities. Hong Kong will need to create an attractive environment for its hi-tech industry to develop and expand.

    In order to realize the high-tech dream, Prof. Wong encouraged local universities and the University Grants Committee to make adjustments to their funding policies and reward systems, offering better incentives to researchers and encouraging them to carry out short-term collaborations with other institutions in the Greater Bay Area. He also remarked that a supportive ecological system should be created to lure high-caliber, large-scale innovative technology companies to set up their research and development centres in Hong Kong, which would provide jobs for local technology graduates and create the engine for Hong Kong’s innovative new economy. Prof. Wong called for industry partnership and support for getting together with the university researchers to reap the benefits of applied research.

    Prof. Wong concluded by urging all "three partners in the Golden Triangle" - the government, industry and academia to sign off on the deal and not to miss the second opportunity to transform Hong Kong into a technological powerhouse.

    icon Address by President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong

    Appendix: Summary of Graduate Statistics
    Total number of graduates : 7,304*
    Number of undergraduate degree recipients : 3,812
    Number of postgraduate award recipients : 661
    Number of sub-degree recipients : 814

    (*Including 584 graduates from mainland and 1,433 graduates from certificate programmes.)

    About the OUHK:
    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. As a dynamic and innovative university, the OUHK currently offers about 220 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,000 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society’s talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.

    OUHK comprises five Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) provides lifelong learning opportunities by offering full-time sub-degree programmes, community learning and professional programmes.  OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

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