Prof. Charles Kwong, Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences of the OUHK (left) and Dr Annissa Lui, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service (right) signed a MOU on 23 August (Friday) to establish a formal partnership on research and educational endeavors.
Group photo of staff members of the OUHK School of Arts and Social Sciences and representatives of Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service.
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, LC-HKS (HKLSS) established a formal partnership on research and educational endeavors through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address social issues, in particular the challenges brought by an ageing population.
At the signing ceremony held on 23 August (Friday), Prof. Charles Kwong Che-leung, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences of the OUHK, said that the University is pleased to collaborate with HKLSS, one of the largest NGOs in Hong Kong offering a wide range of facilities and services to cater for the diverse needs of the community.
Under the MOU, internship opportunities and service learning experiences will be offered to students of the “Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Ageing Society and Services Studies” programme. Prof. Kwong said, "Students will have a deeper understanding of the ageing issues by participating in the outreach and engagement activities jointly organized by the two parties. It is believed that it will also help foster inter-generational harmony as well as to promote love, respect and care for the elderly among the young generations."
Dr Annissa Lui Wai-ling, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, said that they looked forward to working with the OUHK to bring about positive impact on society. "The partnership will help engage and encourage more university students to participate in community services. It will definitely broaden students’ horizon and arouse their concern over the underprivileged."
The Public and Social Policy Research Centre of the OUHK will also collaborate with HKLSS to develop research projects aiming at improving the health and quality of life of the senior citizens. Topics include the problems faced by the elderly in daily life, smart home systems for the elderly, and tools for enhancing the cognitive functioning and emotional well-being of elderly with Dementia. A rich array of service tours, volunteer programmes and interactive workshops will also be organized for OUHK students.
Housed under the School of Arts and Social Sciences of the OUHK, the Public and Social Policy Research Centre was established in 2019 with a funding of HK$5.8 million from the Research Grants Council. With a particular focus on housing and ageing policies, the Centre seeks to generate research outputs that would contribute to Hong Kong’s long-term stability and development.
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. Its 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.
About Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, LC-HKS:
Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, LC-HKS has been established since 1977, by reflecting Christian attitude of social justice through appropriate action. HKLSS provides versatile facilities and services for people with different needs, including nurseries, children and family services, foster care services, counselling services, community development, rehabilitation services, elderly centre, day care centre for the elderly, elderly home etc. HKLSS operates a privately-owned elderly home and community care service voucher for the elderly. For more details, welcome to visit the official website: http://www.hklss.hk.