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The Open University of Hong Kong Chronology
 
1989
May
OLI is established by legislation
 
Oct
4,237 students enrolled in the first eight courses
1993
Feb
Seventeen degree programmes are validated by Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA)
 
Nov
OLI hosts the Seventh Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
   
161 graduates are awarded degrees at OLI's First Congregation
1996
Oct
Government grants OLI self-accrediting status
1997
May
Legislative Council passes the OLI (Amendment) Bill 1997 renaming the Institute as "The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK)"
 
Oct
The government approves a one-off grant of $50 million to develop the University into a Centre of Excellence in Distance and Adult Learning
 
Dec
The OUHK wins a merit award for productivity in the inaugural Hong Kong Award for Services
1999
Mar
The OUHK is awarded the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Anniversary Honour
 
Jun
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) confers the Prize of Excellence for Institutions on the OUHK
 
Oct
 
The Government pledges a $50-million one-off grant for the Island Learning Centre project, and accepts the OUHK as an eligible institution for Research Grants Council funding
 
Dec
The number of OUHK graduate hits 10,000
2000
Feb
The OUHK announces the renaming of the Centre for Continuing and Community Education as the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE)
  
Jun
The Electronic Library wins the Stockholm Challenge Award in a global IT contest 
  
Oct
The OUHK's first off-campus learning centre, Island Learning Centre, opens at Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan 
2001
Jan 
The OUHK presents the first batch of mainland MBA graduates 
  
Sept
The OUHK launches its first full-time Face-to-face programmes at associate degree level 
2003
Mar
The three-year $98-million Information Technology Development Plan has been completed
 
May
The OUHK launches its first Full-time honours degree programme offering full articulation for Associate Degree holders
2004
Dec
Presented the first batch of 46 graduates of the full-time undergraduate programmes
2005
May
Starts collaboration with local hospitals for Nursing degree education
  
Jun
The Finance Committee of the HKSAR Legislative Council approves a $120 million interest-free loan for the Campus Phase Two project
  
Aug
  
Sept 
Admits its first Mainland student to study full-time undergraduate programme
  
Oct
Partners with the Hong Kong Police Force for recruit police constables' foundation training
2006
Aug
Construction of the Campus Phase Two Building begins
  
 
Offers for the first time full-time undergraduate programmes through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS)
2007
Apr
Receives a Government grant of $ 62.8 M for the Centre for Innovation project
  
Jun
  
Jul
Centre for eLearning opens offering the first online programme - Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law
  
Aug
Launches free online courseware for public access
  
Dec
The OUHK is included in the Government's Matching Grant Scheme for the first time and raised a total of $160 million as a result.
2008
Mar
Clinical Nursing Education Centre is opened
  
Jun
Full-time nursing programmes accredited by the Nursing Council
  
Sept 
  
Dec 
Presented the first batch of 38 local degree graduates in mental health care
2010 
Mar
OUHK-CITA Learning Centre opens
  
Jun
Invited by Apple Inc. to make OUHK educational resources freely available on iTunes U for public access
  
Dec
 
Successfully bid for the land site on Chung Hau Street in Ho Man Tin to build a New College to offer full-time programmes in cultural and creative arts, testing and certification, and medical services
2011 
Mar 
The Jockey Club audio-Visual Production Centre opens
2012
Feb
Construction of the New College building begins
 
Oct
 
Honorary Doctor of Letters Mo Yan receives 2012 Nobel Literature Prize
Signs agreement on credit transfer with four self-financed higher education institutions
 
Nov
The Centre for Research in Distance and Adult Learning (CRIDAL) renamed as University Research Centre (URC)
2013
Nov
Kwai Hing Learning Centre officially opens
2014
Jan
Organises the Inaugural International Conference on Open and Flexible Education
 
Feb
Jubilee College officially opens
Dec
OUHK Honorary Doctor of Letter and Nobel Literature Prize recipient Dr Mo Yan revisited the OUHK and delivered a lecture entitled 'The Lecture on Hallucinatory Realism & Contemporary Chinese Literature'
The University awarded Mo Yan a Council Medal in recognition of his profound achievements
2015
July
Launch of OUHK Institute for Research in Innovative Technology & Sustainability (IRITS)
 
Oct 
Launch of OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture
 
Dec 
Launch of OUHK Research Institute for Digital & Humanities (RiDCH)
2016 
Jan
Launches the first free open textbook series in Hong Kong
 
Jul
Launch of OUHK Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education(IROPINE)
 
Dec
Launch of OUHK Research Institute in Bilingual Learning and Teaching (RIBiLT)
 
Launch of OUHK Institute of International Business and Governance (IIGB)
 
 

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Modified Date: Feb 08, 2017