The Open University of Hong Kong signed the MOU with the Hong Kong Customs to strengthen academic collaboration.
(First row from left) Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Excise Ms Louise Ho Pui-shan, OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong, Commissioner of Customs and Excise Mr Hermes Tang Yi-hoi, OUHK Provost Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping, (second row from left) Senior Staff Officer (Training and Development) of Customs and Excise Ms Cecilia Tam Pik-ling, OUHK Dean of School of Arts and Social Sciences Prof. Charles Kwong Che-leung, Assistant Commissioner (Administration and Human Resource Development) of Customs and Excise Mr Ellis Lai Lau-pak and OUHK Programme Leader of the Law Enforcement and Security Management Programme Dr Wayne Chan Wing-lun took a group photo after the MOU signing ceremony.
Customs officer led a tour to the Exhibition Gallery and introduced the history of the Hong Kong Customs to the OUHK delegates.
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) and the Hong Kong
Customs (Customs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
earlier in offering two modules in psychology and sociology
to all new trainee Inspectors and Customs Officers. Under
this arrangement, those who have completed the related
programmes will be able to obtain Credit Accumulation and
Transfer (CAT) when they apply for OUHK's undergraduate
programmes in the future.
OUHK President Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong and Commissioner of
Customs and Excise Mr Hermes Tang Yi-hoi signed the MOU at a
signing ceremony held at the Customs Headquarters Building.
OUHK will teach two modules covering sociology and
psychology, which are parts of the induction programmes to
all new trainee Inspectors and Customs Officers, to enrich
their practical knowledge in different dimensions. They will
be awarded the ‘Certificate in Law Enforcement and Customs
Management' upon successful completion of the related
programmes. In addition, the 30 credits gained from the
certificate can be used for pursuing the 'Bachelor of Social
Sciences in Law Enforcement and Security Management' (or
with Honours) at the OUHK. This arrangement will provide a
more flexible study pathway for all Customs officers and
encourage them to pursue continuous education.
This is the first time for Customs to partner with a higher
education institution in Hong Kong in offering sociology and
psychology related modules to new trainee Inspectors and
Customs Officers, and establishing relevant credit
accumulation and transfer arrangement. OUHK President Prof.
Yuk-Shan Wong said, "The partnership between the University
and Customs in nurturing talents affirms that the academic
status of OUHK has been widely recognized by various sectors
of our community. By strengthening the pedagogic ties
between two parties, it is hoped that more Customs officers
could better equip themselves with professional knowledge
and competencies to cope with future challenges." In the
formulation and execution of the CAT, both OUHK and Customs
have upheld the professional principles and strictly
followed the suggested best practices set by the
Qualifications Framework to ensure equal standing of
academic quality between two institutions’ programmes.
OUHK has been offering credit exemption to Customs officers
since 2004. Qualified Customs Officer can now be granted a
maximum of 50 credits. Officers holding local accredited
Higher Diplomas or Associate Degrees may even gain further
credit exemption, thereby allowing them to attain higher
qualifications in a shorter period.
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 over 200 programmes of different
academic levels to about 10,000 full-time students and 9,000
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 six 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, School of Science and
Technology, and Li Ka Shing School of Professional and
Continuing Education (LiPACE). LiPACE provides lifelong
learning opportunities by offering full-time sub-degree
programmes, community learning and professional programmes. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk