Retreats to push the OUHK forward

The OUHK runs annual retreats to help staff members create stronger bonds, reflect on the past and generate ideas for the future. This year, a two-day senior management retreat was held in June 2018 at Auberge Discovery Bay. Taking the theme of ‘Go Further — Academic Development’, it invited the participation of Associate Deans and Department Heads for the first time. They contributed ideas on programme development and management and quality assurance, which eventually led to the setting up of five task forces to drive new initiatives. Later, in July 2018, a one-day retreat was organized for senior administrative staff at the New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, focusing on teambuilding, communication enhancement and the cultivation of a customer-focus mindset for enhancing staff and student experience.

Fresh faces on University Council

Three new appointees arrived on the OUHK Council in June 2018, bringing valuable experience from different sectors. Mr Anthony Chan Tung-shan (top left) came as former Assistant Executive Director (Strategic Planning) of the Vocational Training Council. From the academic sphere was Prof. Emily Chan Ying-yang (top right), Assistant Dean (Global Engagement) of the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The third appointee was Ms Cecilia Lee Sau-wai (bottom left), a Partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Each will sit as a Council member for a three-year term. In October, Prof. Tam Kar-yan (bottom right), Dean of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, was also appointed to the Council for a three-year term. Meanwhile, existing members Miss Yvonne Choi Ying-pik and Mr Paul Chong Kin-lit were reappointed for further terms, while Mrs Joanna Li Lau Lai-hing, Prof. Helen Meng Mei-ling, Dr Eden Woon and Dr Anna Yip retired at the end of their terms.

Creativity on display

One of the new creative highlights of the OUHK’s year is the annual Creative Arts Graduation Show, at which graduates from the University’s four Creative Arts programmes showcase some of their best output. The inaugural event took place in 2017, and this year the class of 2018 presented around 100 works by around 200 graduates under the theme ‘PLUS_’. Held in June 2018, the show featured a diverse array of creative outputs, ranging from creative writing to photography, from 3D installation art to short animated films. Put together, the exhibition bore witness to an extremely rich and ambitious Creative Arts strand within the University. Here, students are inspired to produce remarkable work, and one such example is the animation Kin’s Hair, a work by Chan Kwun-chung, Chang See-wan and Wong Tsz-yin from Animation and Visual Effects, which was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Golden Horse Awards.

New tranche of LiPACE graduates in community learning programmes

Lifelong learning is a mission very close to the heart of the OUHK. This year, the graduation ceremonies of two LiPACE programmes focused on lifelong learning were therefore events of special significance for the University. On 27 July 2018, the graduation ceremony was held for the eighth Elder Academy, at which 104 graduates received certificates for their achievements. A few weeks later, on 16 August, 368 graduates collected their certificates from the Capacity Building Mileage Programme. This programme, first launched in 2004, went on to celebrate its 100,000th enrolment in October 2018.

27th Congregation welcomesover 7,000 fresh graduates

One of the great highlights of the University year is Congregation Day, and this year the 27th Congregation of the Open University of Hong Kong was held from 10–14 December 2018. It was a time for celebration and the conferring of awards and degrees to over 7,300 fresh graduates, along with the conferral of honorary doctoral degrees. Of those graduating, around half received Bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines, and another 600 had postgraduate titles conferred on them. With the addition of this tranche of more than 7,000 new graduates, the University can now count more than 120,000 OUHK graduates since its founding.

University confers Honorary Doctorates

At a special ceremony held on 10 December 2018, Honorary Doctorates were conferred by the OUHK on four outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly to the enhancement of our society. Prolific business author Prof. Peter J Buckley (second left), Professor of International Business at the University of Leeds and a holder of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), had conferred on him a Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa. Prof. Buckley is a Global PhD Supervisor for the Global PhD Programme offered by the OUHK’s Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration. Dr Anthony Chow Wing-kin (second right) received a Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa, in recognition of a distinguished career which has included stints as President of the Law Society of Hong Kong and Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. A holder of the Silver Bauhinia Star, he has been instrumental in reforming Hong Kong’s legal education and fostering exchanges between lawyers in Hong Kong and mainland China. The third recipient, Dr Peter Lee Kwok-wah (far left), is well-known as a philanthropist, with a special focus on education that has seen him donating to the building of schools in the mainland and establishing several scholarships. He has been a generous patron of the OUHK in the past, and received an OUHK Honorary University Fellowship in 2015. He received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa. Finally, Prof. the Honourable Tsui Lap-chee (far right), a molecular biologist of world-class standing, Founding President of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, was awarded a Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa. His work has brought him wide public and academic recognition, including the HKSAR’s Gold Bauhinia Star and the Grand Bauhinia Medal.

Three new OUHK Honorary Fellows welcomed

In November 2018, the OUHK conferred Honorary Fellowships on three distinguished persons whose contributions to society and to knowledge are worthy of special recognition, and who each has had a close connection with the OUHK. The first was Prof. Andrew Chan Chi-fai (left), Head of Shaw College and Co-Director of the Executive MBA Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has provided strong support for the OUHK Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration through his academic expertise. He was followed by Mr Clement Chan Kam-wing (right), the Managing Director of Assurance at BDO Limited and the former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, who has been an important influencer in the world of accounting standards in Hong Kong. The final recipient was Mrs Joanna Li Lau Lai-hing (middle), a veteran of over 31 years in Hong Kong’s legal profession, as well as a longstanding champion of community action, especially in the area of women’s welfare. She served on the OUHK Council for eight years from 2010 to 2018, and also undertook a number of important administrative roles for the University in that time.

Around 2,000 graduates emerge from LiPACE

At its annual Institute Graduation Ceremony held on 8 November, LiPACE conferred a range of qualifications on around 2,000 new graduates from 90 different programmes. The range of qualifications included Overseas Degrees, Higher Diplomas, Diplomas, Diploma Yi Jin programmes and Professional Diplomas and Certificates, all bearing witness to the sterling efforts of students in pursuing academic advancement and further developing their professional skills. A number of outstanding students also received awards, including the Amway Scholarship, while top instructors were not forgotten, with Teaching Excellence Awards also being distributed on the occasion.

Outstanding performers recognized

The OUHK recognizes outstanding performances by its staff at an annual Award Presentation ceremony, organized by the Human Resources Unit, which this year was held in December 2018. Three major awards cover teaching, academic and professional development and research, with others including Long Service and Retirees’ Awards. The President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence were this year shared by three dynamic young teachers: Dr William Tang Ko-wai (School of Education and Languages), Ms Evangeline Lam Pui-wah (School of Nursing and Health Studies), and Ms Yuka Chan Ka-yu (School of Arts and Social Sciences). The President’s Award for Distinguished Achievement this year went to an entire department, the Department of Creative Arts of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, for the very tangible creative achievements of its students as a result of close co-operation by everyone involved in the department. Three active researchers were awarded Katie Shu Sui Pui Charitable Trust — Outstanding Research Publication Awards: the Gold Prize went to Dr Jonathan Ho Ka-ming (School of Nursing and Health Studies), with Silver and Bronze Prizes received by Dr Bryan Chiu Wei-sheng (Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration) and Dr Emily Wong Sze-wan (School of Science and Technology) respectively.