The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) formally came into being on 30 May 1997 when the Open Learning Institute (Amendment) Bill was gazetted by the government. The change of title reflects a recognition of the University's academic standing, achievements and contributions over the past nine years. Few of the University's staff, especially those of long standing, will forget that special moment. OUHK people see it as the culmination of years of hard work and dedication towards the mission of 'Education for All'.
Few structural or organizational changes were necessary after the assumption of the university title. A Senate was introduced to replace the Academic Board. The Court, the University's supreme advisory body, will also be formed later.
The new Ordinance of the University also provides for a new Council membership, with new staff and student member categories added. The new Council came into being in August 1997, and an inauguration ceremony took place on 6 November 1997 at the Honorary Degrees Conferment Congregation in the presence of the Honourable Tung Chee Hwa, Chancellor of the University and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
A Council retreat on the theme of 'The Next Three Years' was held on 12 February 1998 to solicit the views and guidance of Council members on the potential opportunities and possible strategies for the University's further development. Ideas generated were examined by the management for inclusion in the next Business Plan of the University for the years 1999 to 2002.
A new Chinese name and logo of the University were adopted by the Council after extensive consultation with students, graduates, tutors and staff. The University also invited the famous mainland calligrapher Mr Qi Kung to write its Chinese name and incorporated his calligraphy as part of the logo.
The University formally launched its new identity at a ceremony on 22 August 1997, when the new logo and tag line 'Education for All' were unveiled before a multimedia presentation of congratulatory messages from mainland China and overseas universities. To celebrate the University's change of status, a Foundation Day banquet was held in the evening of 6 November 1997 with the participation of more than 600 students, alumni, staff and guests. A commemorative collection, consisting of two first-day covers, two telephone cards and a certificate, was issued, and a variety of academic and recreational activities, from talks on social and current issues to a Chinese antithetical couplet contest and Dragon Boat fun days, were organized.
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