Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong welcomes the freshmen on behalf of all the teachers and students of the University. He encourages them to strike a balance between academic and extracurricular activities so as to enjoy a fruitful and wonderful university life.
Secretary for Education Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung is invited to officiate at the Inauguration Ceremony today.
For the academic year 2017/18, over 2,700 new full-time undergraduate students have been admitted into over 30 OUHK programmes offered by the OUHK.
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) today (29 August) held an Inauguration Ceremony for its new full-time undergraduate students with Secretary for Education Mr Kevin Yeung Yun-hung as Guest of Honour.
For the academic year 2017/18, over 2,700 new full-time undergraduate students have been admitted into over 30 programmes offered by the University’s five Schools and Division, namely the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Science and Technology, and the Division of Nursing and Health Studies.
The Ceremony was held at the Jockey Club Auditorium of the OUHK Jockey Club Campus. Addressing at the Ceremony, President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong welcomed the freshmen on behalf of all the teachers and students of the University. He encouraged them to make good use of the next four years to develop analytical thinking skills, broaden their outlook, and enhance their confidence as well as communication and language abilities. He advised the new students to strike a balance between academic and extracurricular activities so as to enjoy a fruitful and wonderful university life. He also urged them to seize every opportunity to learn and excel, and to give back to society after graduation.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, told the students that the Government is dedicated to provide them with more support through the university.
These include the introduction of $30,000 annual non-means-tested subsidy for pursuing undergraduate studies, the expansion of the Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sector for selected programmes, as well as the provision of matching grant to encourage private donations and start-up loan for infrastructure projects.
"Through a host of measures, we are determined to support the healthy and sustainable development of our post-secondary education. Our ultimate goal is to provide a better environment and experience for all of our students to learn and grow, because talents is the most precious asset of Hong Kong and is pivotal for us to prevail as a leading city in Asia and in the world," Mr Yeung remarked.
In addition, Prof. Wong said that OUHK has become a full-fledged university. Its full-time student population has increased to nearly 9,500 at present. The quality of the programmes is also widely recognized by the Government and the Hong Kong society.
"12 OUHK programmes have been selected under the Government’s Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) 2018/19 to offer 1,040 subsidized places. These programmes will cover a wide range of academic disciplines such as financial technology, creative arts and film arts, and sports management. A yearly subsidy of $40,000 to $70,000 will be provided to each student admitted to a SSSDP programme. " Prof. Wong added that the OUHK has been granted more than one-third of the total subsidized places, which is the largest share among local SFIs. It demonstrates the Government’s recognition of the programme quality offered by the OUHK.
Looking ahead, Prof. Wong said that in view of the future societal needs and challenges brought by an ageing population, the University has recently launched a campus development project to set up a new Institute of Healthcare for providing holistic nursing and healthcare education to help build a healthier and better Hong Kong.
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. The University currently offers about 220 programmes to more than 9,500 full-time students and 10,000 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 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.