(From left) Deputy Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Silas Yang Siu-shun, Pro-Chancellor of the OUHK Dr the Honourable Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, Acting Chief Executive of the HKSAR the Honourable Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Deputy Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr Anthony W K Chow, Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam, and President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong officiate at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare.
The Naming Ceremony of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare was held on the same occasion.
Group photo of the officiating guests; major donors; Members of OUHK Court, Council, Sheung Shing Street Campus Development Steering Committee, Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee; and Principal Officers of the University.
Concept image of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare.
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is building a new institute opposite its main campus on Sheung Shing Street in Ho Man Tin, and the “Groundbreaking Ceremony of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare” is held today (15 December) at the subject site, marking another major milestone for the University’s development.
Officiating at the Groundbreaking Ceremony were the Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the Honourable Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Deputy Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr Anthony W K Chow, Pro-Chancellor of the OUHK Dr the Honourable Charles Lee Yeh-kwong, Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Michael Wong Yick-kam, Deputy Chairman of the OUHK Council Mr Silas Yang Siu-shun, and President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong. The ceremony was also joined by over 150 honoured guests and members of the University.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr Michael Wong said that the OUHK’s growth and development over the past 28 years has always been driven by community demand for its services. “In view of the aging population and the rising needs for healthcare services in the community, the University has decided to embark on a new campus development project to house the new Institute of Healthcare, which aims to cater for the future manpower needs of nursing and other healthcare professionals,” Mr Wong said.
The new addition to the OUHK will be home to a suite of academic programmes that aims to nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals and promote Hong Kong as a healthy city. It will allow the University to achieve synergies across programmes and projects, and respond swiftly to new and unforeseen demand for quality healthcare services. “Upon its completion, the Institute will become a hub to connect the community, academia as well as the public and private sectors to promote public health education and awareness,” Mr Michael Wong added.
Sitting on a site granted by the Government in December 2016, the new campus building has an estimated construction cost of around HK$850 million. The building is named as the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare in recognition of the generous donation of HK$281 million made by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to OUHK for funding the construction of the project. The naming ceremony was also held on the same occasion.
Mr Anthony W K Chow told the audience that education had long been a major focus for the Club. “Healthcare is an important pillar of society, and a cause strongly shared by the Club and the Open University,” he said. “The OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare will accommodate programmes that create more opportunities to develop and equip students to meet the rising healthcare demands of our aging population. It will also help establish Kowloon City district as a benchmark for a healthy city, an example that can hopefully be extended to Hong Kong as a whole. ”
In his vote of thanks, Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong said that the OUHK is deeply grateful to the Government, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the community for their staunch support over the years which enabled the University to go further to bring important benefits to the society.
Prof. Wong remarked that the new OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare will provide a better learning environment for students and bring the OUHK to the next level of excellence. He looked forward to partnering with the community to build a healthier and better Hong Kong through the new Institute.
About the "OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare"
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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