To achieve our goals, 5 focused areas of priority have been identified for strategic development.
Premier Quality Teaching
As a university that is committed to providing quality higher education, we attach the utmost value to teaching and students’ learning experience. Innovative and student-centred approaches to teaching and learning will be adopted.
Strengthen our pedagogical initiatives
To strengthen the academic quality of our teaching staff and improve student services through the implementation of a suite of quality enhancement measures in the next three years, which include:
- engaging experienced scholars as academic consultants; and
- exploring various pedagogical initiatives to improve educational delivery, such as the ‘Independent Learning & Study Skills Pack’ and an iBookcase mobile app.
To foster a collaborative environment that is conducive to pursuing excellence in teaching and learning by:
- promoting good teaching, supporting students’ learning needs, sharing teaching practices, and providing faculty development;
- identifying and sharing innovative pedagogies and educational technology to enhance teaching and learning among academic staff; and
- organizing a range of activities, such as training, talks and workshops, to cultivate an academic community with shared interests and goals.
Emphasize student-centred teaching and learning
To strengthen student motivation and engagement by emphasizing a student-centred approach in our teaching and learning processes, as good teaching depends on dynamic interactions with students. We will enhance our student feedback channel for insights into how teaching and learning may be improved.
To enhance students’ language skills to prepare them for success in a globalized and knowledge-based society by:
- making every effort to enhance the all-round language capability of students, including communication and presentation skills; and
- cultivating and fostering an environment conducive to the use of English on campus.
Adopt innovative curriculum design
To review the undergraduate curriculum which has operated under the 3-3-4 system for some time to ensure that our students achieve the attributes needed to serve society better and meet its growing needs. In particular, general education is very important for equipping our students with a broad knowledge base and skill sets to prepare them for lifelong learning.
To collaborate with industry and continue to develop new programmes in the practical, applied and professional areas needed for the rapid changes in society and development in Hong Kong, as well as cater to students’ career development needs and society’s need for talent.
To expand our taught Master’s programmes in different fields to cater to students’ aspirations for continuing education, and the needs of industry and society for people with in-depth knowledge and critical skills.
A Rewarding and Fulfilling Learning Experience
‘Enable Success and Enrich Life’ is central to our mission in student development. We will work hand-in-hand with students to cultivate a most attractive university life. The enriched experience will inspire students to grow and develop personally, enhance a stronger sense of belonging and, most importantly, promote success in realizing their full potential.
Enhance student engagement and development
To strengthen the system of academic advising and student mentoring for:
- promoting students’ awareness of the aims of university education;
- nurturing them with life skills for university study;
- enlightening their academic, career and life goals; and
- empowering them to think logically and critically, and develop plans to achieve their goals.
To match each first-year student with a senior-year student, alumni or faculty staff as a mentor under a peer mentorship scheme for:
- strengthening the orientation of new students;
- establishing their sense of belonging; and
- facilitating their progress to academic success.
To integrate co-curricular and extra-curricular activities into the undergraduate curriculum for:
- fostering students’ all-round development;
- helping them develop their talents and abilities; and
- preparing them for a career upon graduation.
Broaden student exposure to the world beyond the classroom
To strategically expand our offshore study tours, and exchange and immersion programmes to broaden students’ horizons and instil in them a global outlook, as we strongly believe in the value of exposing our students to a wide range of activities outside the classroom.
To encourage students to participate in competitions in arts, business, sports, cultural, science and technology activities through which to build up their self-confidence, and benefit from their exposure to the real world.
To partner with industry, businesses and employers to establish more internship opportunities, both local and offshore, to pave the way for career excellence, as internships provide students with valuable insights and exposure to real working life.
To strengthen the alumni networks and promote communication between the alumni and the University, and to leverage on the alumni network for student engagement and support.
Research Capacity Enhancement
Even though the OUHK’s main mission is teaching, we consider research an inseparable part of our academic activities as research informs and complements teaching.
The University has been a proud beneficiary in successive rounds of RGC funding exercises under the Competitive Research Funding for the Local Self-financing Degree Sector since 2014. We have established five research institutes and four research centres, focusing on different themes, and engaged distinguished professors and research professors. We have also set up a research office to support our growing range of research activities.
Enhance research capacity in strategic niche areas
To encourage academic colleagues to participate in research in selected niche areas, we have allocated extra resources for academic units to appoint Academic Consultants.
To continue the implementation of a number of incentive schemes to motivate colleagues to participate in research.
To continue to improve the research infrastructure, strengthen resource support to staff in terms of both time and personnel, and reward staff for research effort.
To focus on applied research to complement our course offerings as our academic programmes are more practical and career-oriented, with the aim of research informing teaching.
To strengthen and consolidate our strategic research themes, and to direct efforts to a few areas in which the University can excel.
Enrich our research programmes and research culture
To develop a broader portfolio of MPhil and PhD programmes to attract a healthy stream of graduate students to join the programmes. These students will be affiliated to a research institute and receive a stipend. They will also provide research assistance in theme-based studies on a project basis.
To strengthen our research capacity by developing an international research network to foster collaborative research.
A Welcoming Campus for Student Learning
The University has successfully obtained a Government land grant for a campus extension to house the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare which is due for completion in 2020.
This initiative reflected our timely response to the ongoing need for healthcare professionals in the ageing community. At the same time, the extension provides enhanced teaching facilities and more student amenities.
Build a harmonious and vibrant campus environment
To create a harmonious and vibrant campus environment for students and staff, capitalizing on the public park which is adjacent to our new campus on Sheung Shing Street.
To achieve an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus and to attain Platinum BEAM Plus for the new complex, on a par with our existing Jockey Club Campus on Chung Hau Street.
Expand the campus with a service mindset
To conduct a review to optimize the utilization and management of space upon completion of the OUHK Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare.
To review facility management guidelines to ensure greater accountability in the use and allocation of space.
To continue to explore and identify possible sites for campus expansion to cater to the need for more space for teaching, learning and student activities.
Plan for the future
To explore shared usage of campus facilities with sister institutions based on the concept of a sharing economy.
To leverage on the Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare project to explore smart technology and pioneer innovative use of space for the entire campus.
To continue to seek government support for the provision of residential facilities for our students so as to foster a better sense of belonging and an enriched campus life for our students. Such facilities will also be used for international exchange programmes.
Excellence in Administration and Governance
In a competitive environment and with increased students’ expectations, self-financing institutions are now facing increased pressure to demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness.
We seek to adopt more innovative approaches to efficiency, which not only help to make savings, but also enhance effectiveness across all administrative and academic activities.
Streamline to enhance efficiency and productivity
To continue to streamline various administrative functions to enhance efficiency and transparency, and to give better support for our academic development.
Nurture a service mindset and performance culture
To implement the newly adopted Pay and Reward System (PRS) to promote a performance-based culture, and to ensure long-term financial sustainability.
To nurture a performance-based culture, which will enhance the University’s overall quality, reputation and branding to support its long-term development.
Strive for prudent financial management
To secure a steady income stream and proactively manage costs as it is important for the OUHK, as a self-financing institution, to maintain financial sustainability.
To continue to adopt prudent management practices to enhance efficiency and prioritize resources in alignment with our strategic objectives.
To deliver a flexible, efficient and responsive budget management system to cope with the changing environment and budget needs.
To explore the use of effective analytics to help develop new initiatives to enhance administrative and professional services.
Enhance the quality of university governance
To maintain and improve our internal audit, and procurement/administration systems and procedures.
To facilitate the participation of University Council members in university policy matters and enhance the communication between Council members and the University.
To develop peer networks for the sharing of best practices among institutions as we believe that benchmarking, both internal and external, is a useful tool for driving efficiency.
To ensure the University upholds the principle of transparency and promotes its social and environmental responsibilities.