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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
     
    The OUHK presents the first batch of 11 MBA graduates
     
     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

    The Homantin Plaza Learning Centre is opened
     

    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
     
     

    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

    Jul

    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)
     
     2017

    Dec

    Construction of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare begins
     
     

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    Modified Date: Jan 05, 2018

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