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      OUHK graduates agree that university education brings positive changes 11/12/2016
       
     
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    About half of the graduates of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) indicated that they got promoted at work after completing their studies, often with salary increment. Some had the opportunities for better jobs or even change to another profession after graduation.

    An online survey was sent to the University’s 1,864 distance-learning graduates of class 2014 in January 2016, and achieved a response rate of 8.3%. A positive correlation was found between higher academic qualifications and better career development.

    The survey also showed that graduates who opted to study at the OUHK were not just looking for career advancement. They also wished to enhance their knowledge for better self-development. Many respondents reflected that their self-learning ability, time management, communication and problem-solving skills have also improved remarkably.

    This year, more than 6,800 graduates received their awards at the University’s Congregation held on 22 November of which about 3,500 of them were distance learning students. Distance learners at OUHK took 5 years on average to obtain their qualifications and their average age is 34. The oldest graduate is 72 years old and the youngest is only 19.

    Today, OUHK Vice President (Academic) Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping shared with the press the inspiring stories of four distance-learning graduates and how education at OUHK has brought about significant changes to their careers and personal lives.

    Below are the profiles of the four graduates:

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    Queenie

     

    Queenie Kwan 
    Higher Diploma in Nursing   Download image


    Queenie Kwan joined the Hong Kong Red Cross since Form 1 where she had the opportunity to learn about first aid and to participate in various volunteer services. Since then, helping others is more than joy for Queenie, as it also leads to her decision to become a nurse. After completing Form 7 in 2010, she enrolled immediately in the nursing programme at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, hoping to become a qualified nurse in the shortest period of time. Queenie successfully became an Enrolled Nurse in 2012, and decided to continue onto the Higher Diploma in Nursing in 2013 at the OUHK to become a Registered Nurse.

    Queenie noted that many serving nurses see OUHK as an ideal institution for further studies as the qualification by OUHK is widely recognized by professional bodies. The programme offers highly flexible learning modes which could accommodate their busy work schedule. Although Queenie was enrolled in a distance-learning programme and did not spend much time with her tutors and fellow classmates when compared to other full time students, she was constantly moved and inspired by their dedication and enthusiasm in pursuing professional knowledge during lectures and tutorial discussions. She also said that since the classes were run in smaller groups and that students of both General and Mental Health Nursing were put in the same class, tutors and students have more opportunities to interact and discuss.

    Besides, Queenie was particularly impressed by the extensive collections of materials in the University’s libraries and online database, which not only provided great help to her assignments, but also exposed her to a lot of latest information and knowledge.

    More importantly, the learning experience gained at the OUHK allowed Queenie to have a deeper understanding of the importance of lifelong learning. She is now doing the Bachelor of Nursing programme and plans to pursue a master's degree in the future. “As an old Chinese saying goes ‘learning is like rowing a boat upstream. Either you paddle hard to move forward or you get flushed away’. I would not be able to keep up with the changing technologies in the healthcare sector if I stop learning. In the future, I wish to further my knowledge and skills in the field of Psychotherapy so as to better care for my patients.”

     
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    Serena

    Serena Hon
    Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting   Download image


    Owing to her family’s financial situation, Serena Hon had to start working as a clerical staff right after Form 7. However, her dream to attend the university has always been on her mind.

    After working for about half a year, Serena started to look for higher education opportunities when her financial condition had slightly improved. She wanted to pursue a career in accounting, and after comparing a number of Institutions, Serena found that the accounting programme through distance-learning at the OUHK best suited her needs. The flexibility of the programme allowed her to work and to study at the same time amid her busy schedule. The programme would also qualify her to register as a student of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which is an important step in her journey to become a certified accountant. Therefore, she enrolled in OUHK in 2013 and graduated earlier this year.

    Determined to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties as soon as possible, Serena took five to six courses in each semester to shorten her length of study. Though exhausting, Serena soldiered on. It only took her three years to finish the programme on a part-time basis when normally it would take at least four years to complete. She was also awarded scholarships six times during her studies with outstanding academic performance.

    During this time, Serena has not only learnt to manage her time properly, but has also gained many new friendships with classmates coming from different background. She learnt a lot from their diverse experience and enhanced her communication skills with people. In addition, Serena also took up the role as a committee member of the Students’ Union, and enriched her student life through organizing many activities for her fellow schoolmates.

    With her impressive performance at the University, Serena got a number of job offers well before graduation. She is currently working in an accounting firm and she is aiming to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in three years’ time. Serena hopes that her story can help inspire those who aspire to learn. “Everyone can achieve their dreams through perseverance,” she said.

     
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    Rita

    Lam Lok Yan Rita
    Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies
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    Rita Lam is undeniably a role model for lifelong learning, as she has never ceased to study in the past 20 years. She started studying part-time to gain better career prospects when she was younger, and she studied again for personal interest when her career is well established and on track.

    After obtaining a business diploma at a technical institute, Rita started her career in marketing and has continued to enrich herself through studying. She became a Chartered Marketer and obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing from England in 2001. This year, she completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies from the OUHK, which is the 6th qualification she obtained.

    Rita realised the importance of time management during her studies, and found OUHK’s flexible study modes very suitable for her. “As I can now relax and go easy about my job, I really hope to slow down and enjoy learning. Since I need to travel to the Mainland quite often, I don’t think I will be able to complete the programme if there is restriction on the length of study.” There is no doubt that OUHK’s flexible programme design is the answer to the diverse needs of different people.

    Rita also likes to study for her interests. She took interest in drama since 1999. Having taken up roles at both the front and back stage, she thought about learning more about the theories and skills of translation so as to expand the script choices for the troupe. Knowing that her company participated in the OUHK’s “Employer Support Study Scheme” which offered discounted tuition to employees, Rita decided to enroll in the Bachelor of language and translation programme in 2002.

    Rita completed the programme in 2008, but unfortunately the troupe was disbanded. Although she could not apply what she learnt she found that her improved language skills significantly helped her in her work, and she is particularly grateful for the devoted guidance of the tutors. Rita then joined Sowers Action as a volunteer worker, assisting the underprivileged and disabled children in rural China to look for learning opportunities. This voluntary service requires her to be in frequent contact with the Education Department in Mainland, and therefore she moved on to obtain the Bachelor’s degree in China Studies so as to know more about Chinese culture and current happenings in China. Rita said that the programme enabled her to have a more comprehensive understanding of the development of China from a micro and neutral point of view. The knowledge she learnt has widened her horizon. It also makes her communication with Mainland organisations more effective, and helped her to devise the communication and fundraising strategies for the charity.

    Rita’s next move is to start a new learning journey in Child Psychology, which she hopes would help to bring positive changes to needy children.

     

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    Tse Kong Hoi

    Tse Kong-hoi
    Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
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    Tse Kong-hoi started working as a courier after finishing Form 5, and it did not take him long to realize the importance of higher academic qualifications for career advancement. Therefore, he decided to become a student again. In order to acquire professional skills to enhance his competitiveness and employability, Kong-hoi enrolled in the Gas Services Engineering programme offered by the Vocational Training Council. Later Kong-hoi was employed by Towngas as an apprentice and he continue to study part-time until he obtained the higher diploma in Gas Services Engineering.

    In 2007, he made a huge step forward in realizing his dream of getting a university degree by enrolling in the OUHK’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering programme. Meanwhile, he changed his job twice and worked at MTR and Ocean Park respectively. In 2010, he obtained his bachelor’s degree and was approached by Towngas. With a better academic qualification, he returned to the company and became a Training Officer.

    In addition to providing coaching to apprentices and technicians, Kong-hoi also needs to deal with government officials and engineers. Seeing that more and more colleagues have higher degrees, he decided to further enhance himself by enrolling in the OUHK’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management programme after consulting with his supervisor. “My supervisor supported my decision as he believed that further study would equip me with the latest knowledge and professional skills that I need in my current role. He even helped me to obtain corporate sponsorships to cover part of the tuition fees.”

    Tse said that one of the reasons for choosing OUHK over other institutions was that the programme is recognized by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. But more importantly, he shared the OUHK’s philosophy in providing “Education for all”. “OUHK’s distance-learning programme is a great option for working adults who have busy work schedules, and some of the programmes do not have any entry requirement which provides an opportunity for many determined individuals to acquire higher academic qualifications. I did not truly understand the importance of it when I was young, but luckily I was given a second chance at the OUHK.”

    About The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and flexible university education and professional training to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes of different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance learning students and 9,500 full-time students.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University originally has two buildings on the campus of Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee College, and two learning centres at various convenient locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC). Website: www.ouhk.edu.hk.

       
      Media Enquiries: Public Affairs Unit
    Tel : 2768 6355 E-mail: pau@ouhk.edu.hk
     
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    Press Release 

     
      OUHK graduates agree that university education brings positive changes 11/12/2016
       
     
    Download image
     

    Group Photo1

    Download image

    Group Photo2

    About half of the graduates of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) indicated that they got promoted at work after completing their studies, often with salary increment. Some had the opportunities for better jobs or even change to another profession after graduation.

    An online survey was sent to the University’s 1,864 distance-learning graduates of class 2014 in January 2016, and achieved a response rate of 8.3%. A positive correlation was found between higher academic qualifications and better career development.

    The survey also showed that graduates who opted to study at the OUHK were not just looking for career advancement. They also wished to enhance their knowledge for better self-development. Many respondents reflected that their self-learning ability, time management, communication and problem-solving skills have also improved remarkably.

    This year, more than 6,800 graduates received their awards at the University’s Congregation held on 22 November of which about 3,500 of them were distance learning students. Distance learners at OUHK took 5 years on average to obtain their qualifications and their average age is 34. The oldest graduate is 72 years old and the youngest is only 19.

    Today, OUHK Vice President (Academic) Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping shared with the press the inspiring stories of four distance-learning graduates and how education at OUHK has brought about significant changes to their careers and personal lives.

    Below are the profiles of the four graduates:

    Download image

    Queenie

     

    Queenie Kwan 
    Higher Diploma in Nursing   Download image


    Queenie Kwan joined the Hong Kong Red Cross since Form 1 where she had the opportunity to learn about first aid and to participate in various volunteer services. Since then, helping others is more than joy for Queenie, as it also leads to her decision to become a nurse. After completing Form 7 in 2010, she enrolled immediately in the nursing programme at the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, hoping to become a qualified nurse in the shortest period of time. Queenie successfully became an Enrolled Nurse in 2012, and decided to continue onto the Higher Diploma in Nursing in 2013 at the OUHK to become a Registered Nurse.

    Queenie noted that many serving nurses see OUHK as an ideal institution for further studies as the qualification by OUHK is widely recognized by professional bodies. The programme offers highly flexible learning modes which could accommodate their busy work schedule. Although Queenie was enrolled in a distance-learning programme and did not spend much time with her tutors and fellow classmates when compared to other full time students, she was constantly moved and inspired by their dedication and enthusiasm in pursuing professional knowledge during lectures and tutorial discussions. She also said that since the classes were run in smaller groups and that students of both General and Mental Health Nursing were put in the same class, tutors and students have more opportunities to interact and discuss.

    Besides, Queenie was particularly impressed by the extensive collections of materials in the University’s libraries and online database, which not only provided great help to her assignments, but also exposed her to a lot of latest information and knowledge.

    More importantly, the learning experience gained at the OUHK allowed Queenie to have a deeper understanding of the importance of lifelong learning. She is now doing the Bachelor of Nursing programme and plans to pursue a master's degree in the future. “As an old Chinese saying goes ‘learning is like rowing a boat upstream. Either you paddle hard to move forward or you get flushed away’. I would not be able to keep up with the changing technologies in the healthcare sector if I stop learning. In the future, I wish to further my knowledge and skills in the field of Psychotherapy so as to better care for my patients.”

     
    Download image

    Serena

    Serena Hon
    Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in Accounting   Download image


    Owing to her family’s financial situation, Serena Hon had to start working as a clerical staff right after Form 7. However, her dream to attend the university has always been on her mind.

    After working for about half a year, Serena started to look for higher education opportunities when her financial condition had slightly improved. She wanted to pursue a career in accounting, and after comparing a number of Institutions, Serena found that the accounting programme through distance-learning at the OUHK best suited her needs. The flexibility of the programme allowed her to work and to study at the same time amid her busy schedule. The programme would also qualify her to register as a student of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which is an important step in her journey to become a certified accountant. Therefore, she enrolled in OUHK in 2013 and graduated earlier this year.

    Determined to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties as soon as possible, Serena took five to six courses in each semester to shorten her length of study. Though exhausting, Serena soldiered on. It only took her three years to finish the programme on a part-time basis when normally it would take at least four years to complete. She was also awarded scholarships six times during her studies with outstanding academic performance.

    During this time, Serena has not only learnt to manage her time properly, but has also gained many new friendships with classmates coming from different background. She learnt a lot from their diverse experience and enhanced her communication skills with people. In addition, Serena also took up the role as a committee member of the Students’ Union, and enriched her student life through organizing many activities for her fellow schoolmates.

    With her impressive performance at the University, Serena got a number of job offers well before graduation. She is currently working in an accounting firm and she is aiming to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in three years’ time. Serena hopes that her story can help inspire those who aspire to learn. “Everyone can achieve their dreams through perseverance,” she said.

     
    Download image

    Rita

    Lam Lok Yan Rita
    Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies
      Download image

    Rita Lam is undeniably a role model for lifelong learning, as she has never ceased to study in the past 20 years. She started studying part-time to gain better career prospects when she was younger, and she studied again for personal interest when her career is well established and on track.

    After obtaining a business diploma at a technical institute, Rita started her career in marketing and has continued to enrich herself through studying. She became a Chartered Marketer and obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing from England in 2001. This year, she completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies from the OUHK, which is the 6th qualification she obtained.

    Rita realised the importance of time management during her studies, and found OUHK’s flexible study modes very suitable for her. “As I can now relax and go easy about my job, I really hope to slow down and enjoy learning. Since I need to travel to the Mainland quite often, I don’t think I will be able to complete the programme if there is restriction on the length of study.” There is no doubt that OUHK’s flexible programme design is the answer to the diverse needs of different people.

    Rita also likes to study for her interests. She took interest in drama since 1999. Having taken up roles at both the front and back stage, she thought about learning more about the theories and skills of translation so as to expand the script choices for the troupe. Knowing that her company participated in the OUHK’s “Employer Support Study Scheme” which offered discounted tuition to employees, Rita decided to enroll in the Bachelor of language and translation programme in 2002.

    Rita completed the programme in 2008, but unfortunately the troupe was disbanded. Although she could not apply what she learnt she found that her improved language skills significantly helped her in her work, and she is particularly grateful for the devoted guidance of the tutors. Rita then joined Sowers Action as a volunteer worker, assisting the underprivileged and disabled children in rural China to look for learning opportunities. This voluntary service requires her to be in frequent contact with the Education Department in Mainland, and therefore she moved on to obtain the Bachelor’s degree in China Studies so as to know more about Chinese culture and current happenings in China. Rita said that the programme enabled her to have a more comprehensive understanding of the development of China from a micro and neutral point of view. The knowledge she learnt has widened her horizon. It also makes her communication with Mainland organisations more effective, and helped her to devise the communication and fundraising strategies for the charity.

    Rita’s next move is to start a new learning journey in Child Psychology, which she hopes would help to bring positive changes to needy children.

     

    Download image

    Tse Kong Hoi

    Tse Kong-hoi
    Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
      Download image

    Tse Kong-hoi started working as a courier after finishing Form 5, and it did not take him long to realize the importance of higher academic qualifications for career advancement. Therefore, he decided to become a student again. In order to acquire professional skills to enhance his competitiveness and employability, Kong-hoi enrolled in the Gas Services Engineering programme offered by the Vocational Training Council. Later Kong-hoi was employed by Towngas as an apprentice and he continue to study part-time until he obtained the higher diploma in Gas Services Engineering.

    In 2007, he made a huge step forward in realizing his dream of getting a university degree by enrolling in the OUHK’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering programme. Meanwhile, he changed his job twice and worked at MTR and Ocean Park respectively. In 2010, he obtained his bachelor’s degree and was approached by Towngas. With a better academic qualification, he returned to the company and became a Training Officer.

    In addition to providing coaching to apprentices and technicians, Kong-hoi also needs to deal with government officials and engineers. Seeing that more and more colleagues have higher degrees, he decided to further enhance himself by enrolling in the OUHK’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management programme after consulting with his supervisor. “My supervisor supported my decision as he believed that further study would equip me with the latest knowledge and professional skills that I need in my current role. He even helped me to obtain corporate sponsorships to cover part of the tuition fees.”

    Tse said that one of the reasons for choosing OUHK over other institutions was that the programme is recognized by The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. But more importantly, he shared the OUHK’s philosophy in providing “Education for all”. “OUHK’s distance-learning programme is a great option for working adults who have busy work schedules, and some of the programmes do not have any entry requirement which provides an opportunity for many determined individuals to acquire higher academic qualifications. I did not truly understand the importance of it when I was young, but luckily I was given a second chance at the OUHK.”

    About The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and flexible university education and professional training to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes of different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance learning students and 9,500 full-time students.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University originally has two buildings on the campus of Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee College, and two learning centres at various convenient locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC). Website: www.ouhk.edu.hk.

       
      Media Enquiries: Public Affairs Unit
    Tel : 2768 6355 E-mail: pau@ouhk.edu.hk
     
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