Hong Kong Adventist College
- There will also be Hong Kong Adventist Academy, currently known as "Hong Kong Adventist College English Secondary Section."
|Hong Kong Adventist College|
|President||Daniel Gim Teng Chuah|
|Dean||Academic Dean: Frank Wai Ming Tam;
Dean of Men: Thomas Seow Hong Chee;
Dean of Women: Carol Ying Lin Chong-Wan;
|Location||Hong Kong, People's Republic of China|
|Affiliations||Andrews University, Griggs University, Oakwood University, Washington Adventist University|
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Hong Kong Adventist College (HKAC) is a co-educational institution of higher learning located in Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong. The college is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Seventh-day Adventists first began the educational work in China in the southern part of mainland China. In 1903, the church operating in Guangzhou founded its first school. This girls school was called “The Bethel Girls’ School”. In 1905, the church established "Yick Chi Boys’ School." In 1911, the Yick Chi Boy's School was closed and re-opened as a middle school five years later as “Sam Yuk School". The Sam Yuk School grew and became successful. As a result, land was purchased in the eastern part of the Guangdong city (Canton) to meet the rapid growth of the school. In 1922, the buildings were erected. When the buildings were ready for use, the Bethel Girls’ School was integrated as a part of Sam Yuk School. The new school served the Guangzhou, Hakka, and Guangxi Missions in the South China region. In 1935, the South China Union Mission took charge of the Sam Yuk School and renamed it the “Canton Training Institute.”
In 1937 the Sino-Japanese War broke out, plunging China into turmoil. To remain in operation, the school was moved to Hong Kong and temporarily operated in Shatin. At that time the school was renamed as the "South China Training Institute". Later, the "China Training Institute" (Junior College), another Adventist education institution from central China, was also moved to the same premise. The two schools were merged to form the “China and South China Training Institute.” Soon after, a piece of land consisting of 40 acres (160,000 m2) was purchased at Clear Water Bay in the New Territories. Development for a permanent campus began and after two years, the campus buildings were completed, with the school in Shatin soon arriving.
In 1942, World War II erupted, bringing the people of Hong Kong under Japanese occupation. As a result, the school reverted to its prior name of "South China Training Institute" and moved back to Mainland China near the town of Laolung in Guangdong province. With the war was ending, the campus in Clear Water Bay was confiscated by the colonial British army. To continue the long suspended education work, the school was relocated back to its former site in the district of Tungshan in Guangdong for a year. It was not until 1947 that the school was able to move back to the Clear Water Bay campus.
In 1958, the now defunct Far Eastern Division of Seventh-day Adventists authorised the South China Island Union Mission to open a college for providing tertiary education. It was planned that the middle school be incorporated into the Clear Water Bay campus. The college was launched in 1962. Two years later, the name of the school, which had combined the secondary and tertiary education, was officially changed to “South China Union College.”
In 1981, the constituency of the South China Island Union Mission officially adopted the name "Hong Kong Adventist College" to identify the school as an independent entity separated from Sam Yuk Middle School. This was followed by the registration and approval of Hong Kong Adventist College by the Hong Kong Department of Education.
The college's enrolment increased steadily. The campus facilities, degrading as time passed, were soon in urgent need of renovation. As a result, the board of directors decided in 1989 to press ahead a major redevelopment plan for the college. It was decided that lands located in the hillside would be sold to the Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited for pooling a source of income for the redevelopment project. The hilltop was maintained to be the landmark of the campus site. New campus facilities were launched in 1997.
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