This has been a year of exciting progress in every aspect of the OUHK’s role of making education available to all.

We now have a record enrolment of more than 18,000 students for the 250-plus distance learning and face-to-face programmes that we provide in Hong Kong. Over 5,700 graduates received awards during our Twenty-first Congregation last December. They included nearly 3,800 distance-learning students and more than 1,900 full-time students. Of these, almost 60% received undergraduate degrees and more than 15% postgraduate awards.

The project to erect a new campus in Chung Hau Street, named ‘Jubilee College’ (which was provisionally named ‘New College/ Chung Hau Street’ project before June 2013), is now nearing completion and is scheduled to open in January 2014. It will expand our facilities by enabling us to offer an additional annual intake of 750 students and a total student population of 2,400 school leavers taking full-time programmes in the cultural and creative arts, testing and certification, and healthcare services, which are among the crucial industries now being promoted by the Hong Kong SAR Government.

In the pipeline are three new full-time cultural and creative arts programmes offered through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) during the coming academic year. These are the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Animation and Visual Effects, the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Advertising and Media Design, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Photographic Digital Art programmes.

In the field of testing and certification, we are introducing the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Testing and Certification programme.

Moreover, our Division of Nursing and Health Studies has begun to provide training for enrolled nurses, community healthcare workers, home carers and community volunteers through the Jockey Club Community Healthcare Education Programme.

Our new learning centre in Kwai Chung is due to open in September 2013. Its premises will be able to accommodate 1,500 students in a spacious and well-equipped learning environment.

Thanks to the outcome-based approach that the OUHK has been implementing for many years, we were well prepared for the opportunities and challenges posed by the official launch of the new ‘3+3+4’ academic structure in Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions in September last year. We also fine-tuned our curricula in line with the new academic structure and consolidated and regrouped our courses and their content. Under the 2013 JUPAS, we will be admitting full-time students to a total of 19 programmes, including the new ones mentioned above, during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) last year celebrated two decades of successfully promoting lifelong learning in Hong Kong. Starting with providing sub-degree courses to bridge with our distance learning programmes, it has evolved over the years to become a market-sensitive and responsive academic unit serving increasingly diverse groups of customers with a rich array of professional, full-time, overseas degree and community-learning courses and programmes covering a broad range of topics. Its programmes for secondary school leavers have likewise proved very popular. To date, more than 300,000 students have passed through the Institute’s doors.

Having strengthened our technological facilities and capacities, we are now devoting more energy and resources to making knowledge and education more liberal and open. To this end, we hosted the workshop on Open Educational Resources for educational institutions in Asia and planned for a regional conference on open and flexible education next year. We have also taken up the Hong Kong Open Textbook project and finished developing open courseware for a further 75 courses, which we will roll out during the year.

As you will see in the following pages, we further bolstered our collaboration and partnerships with other educational institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas during the past year, and we hosted many seminars and conferences. These opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences with our counterparts in other academic institutions, business sectors and communities around the world have added tremendous impetus to the development of our knowledge and capacity for playing a bigger role in the realm of open education.

Finally, I would like to put on record my deepest gratitude for all the unfailing support that I have received from our students, alumni, colleagues, Council members and friends in the community over the past year.

New programmes and courses launched in 2012 – 13

Programmes

Full-time programmes
School Programmes
A&SS Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics#
B&A Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
S&T Bachelor of Science with Honours in Statistical Analysis

Distance learning and part-time face-to-face programmes
School Programmes
A&SS Master of Arts in Applied English Linguistics#
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese and English
Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and English
Associate of Arts in Chinese and English
B&A Master of Business in Research Methods
E&L Master of Language Studies (Chinese Linguistics)
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs)
Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (SpecialEducational Needs)
S&T Master of Science in Testing and Certification
Postgraduate Diploma in Testing and Certification
Postgraduate Certificate in Testing and Certification
Bachelor of Science in Design and Innovation
Diploma in Health Studies (Community Health Care)
Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Certificate in Health Studies (Community Health Care)

Courses

Courses by e-learning
School Courses
A&SS Foundations of Social Sciences: Psychology and Sociology
Social Sciences: A Foundation Course

Full-time courses
School Courses
A&SS Current Issues in Applied Linguistics#
English Language Systems 1#

Distance learning and part-time face-to-face courses
School Courses
A&SS Crime and Justice
Current Issues in Applied Linguistics#
English Language Systems 1#
Introduction to English Fiction
B&A Directed Studies in Business Research
Directed Studies in Business Research (Chinese)
Strategic Human Resource Management
E&L Early Assessment and Intervention
Early Childhood Education: Early Mathematics, Science and Technology
Educational Research
Language Delay and Training
Professionalism and the Development of Early Childhood Practitioners
Supporting Young Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Teaching Pre-School Children at Risk of Dyslexia
S&T Accreditation of Certification Bodies
Accreditation of Inspection Bodies
Advanced Topics in Food and Health Sciences
Building Services Management
Contemporary Chemistry Development
Engineering Small Worlds: Micro and Nano Technologies
Human Biology
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumentation and Testing Techniques
Laboratory Management & Accreditation
Manufacturing and Inspection Technologies
Personal Care: Concept, Skill and Practice I
Personal Care: Concept, Skill and Practice II
Product Design, Testing and Certification Project
Product Environmental, Health and Safety Standards
Professional Practice & Code of Ethics for Testing & Certification Practitioners

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New programmes and courses offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences (A&SS), the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration (B&A), the School of Education and Languages (E&L), and the School of Science and Technology (S&T).
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Programmes/ courses are offered in both full-time and part-time modes.