Group photo of The Chief Executive of the HKSAR and the OUHK's Chancellor the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (middle), Principal Officers of the OUHK, and the four Honorary Doctorate recipients.
The Chief Executive of the HKSAR and the OUHK’s Chancellor the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (middle) conferred honorary doctorates upon four distinguished leaders. They are Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie (second from left), Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan (second from right), Dr Eddy C Fong(first from left) and Prof. Lee Chack-fan (first from right).
The 26th Congregation of the OUHK is presided over by The Chief Executive of the HKSAR and the University’s Chancellor the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.
More than 7,000 graduates from The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) received and will receive their awards at the University's 26th Congregation held from today (12 December) to 14 December at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai. (A summary of graduate statistics can be found in the Appendix).
On the same occasion today, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the University’s Chancellor the Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor conferred Honorary Doctorates on four distinguished leaders. They were the HKSAR’s first Secretary for Justice Dr the Honourable Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Convener of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council Dr the Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan, former Council Chairman of the OUHK Dr Eddy C Fong, and the Chancellor of Hong Kong Chu Hai College of Higher Education and Vice-Chairman of its Board of Governors Prof. Lee Chack-fan.
Addressing the ceremony, President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong congratulated the graduates and applauded their hard work and dedication in pursuing university studies. He was delighted to see waves of eager and happy students receiving their qualifications and ready for a new chapter in life.
As a scientist and an educator, Prof. Wong believes that science and technology talents are the foundation of Hong Kong's future prosperity. However, a recent local survey report showed that Hong Kong students might have an aversion to science. He thinks that the fundamental and long-term strategy is to groom our own science and technology talents by fine-tuning our education and to grow our students’ interest in science. In this regard, Prof. Wong put forward a few proposals to strengthen the local science education.
In addition to its practical value, Prof. Wong emphasized that it is the spiritual value of science that students should learn. He said that it is indeed a truth-seeking process which drives innovation and human progress. He recommended schools to organize more popular science activities to promote students' interest in science in order to turn the love of science and technology into a defining culture of the younger generations. He also proposed that science subjects in the senior secondary curriculum be strengthened while foundation science courses should be part of the programme in universities for early years science students, to compensate for possible deficiencies in the secondary school curriculum.
Prof. Wong also suggested that the science education be synchronized with STEM developments. This could be achieved by nurturing the STEM culture in schools to encourage students to use an integrated approach to solve complex practical problems and cultivate them to develop a keen interest in science and technology.
He concluded by inviting the Government and the education sector to join hands in grooming more young talents to foster Hong Kong’s innovation and technology development.
Address by President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong.
Appendix: Summary of Graduate Statistics
Total number of graduates : 7,053
Number of undergraduate degree recipients : 3,945
Number of postgraduate award recipients : 986
Number of sub-degree recipients : 2,122
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 226 programmes to nearly 10,000 full-time students and about 9,500 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 which includes the Division of Nursing and Health Studies. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses.
OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk