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The Open University of Hong Kong
香港公開大學
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Former names
The Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong (OLI)
Motto Disce, Progredere, Crea
Type Public, Self-financing[1][2][3]
Established 1989 (as The Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong)
1997 (granted full university status)
Chancellor Chief Executive of Hong Kong
(Current officeholder: Carrie Lam)[4]
President Yuk-shan Wong
Vice-president

Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping (Academic)
Prof. Chong-sze Tong (Administration & Development)

Prof. Ip Yiu Keung (Associate Vice President, Academic Support & External Links)
Academic staff
282(Year 2015/16)[5]
Administrative staff
558(Year 2015/16)[5]
Location Ho Man Tin, Kowloon,[6]
 Hong Kong
Campus City
Colors          
Affiliations Association of Commonwealth Universities
Website http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/
OUHK logo.svg
Open University of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese 香港公開大學
Simplified Chinese 香港公开大学

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK, OpenU, Chinese: 香港公開大學) is a statutory university located in Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong. Established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989, the OUHK consists of four schools, namely the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and the School of Science and Technology.[7]

The OUHK is the only self-financing university set up by the Hong Kong Government. It began as a distance-learning-based university, but is now in effect two universities in one. It has started to offer full-time programmes since 2001 and has participated in Hong Kong's centralised joint university admission system (JUPAS) since 2007. Currently, it has a headcount of more than 9,500 students on its full-time face-to-face programmes,[8] occupying one-sixth of all undergraduate students in Hong Kong. The current president is Professor Yuk-Shan Wong.

History[edit]

The Open University of Hong Kong, formerly the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong (OLI, 香港公開進修學院), was established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989. With the consent made by the Governor of Hong Kong and the Executive Council of Hong Kong in May 1997, the motion for the third reading was agreed by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. The OLI officially upgraded to the Open University of Hong Kong. The promotion marks the public recognition to the achievements and contributions made by the OUHK in the academic field.[9]

Early Development[edit]

In May 1989, the Hong Kong Government established the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong. The OLI was the first distance-learning-based higher education institution in Hong Kong. The OLI adopted a flexible academic score system, allowing its students to accumulate their credits by stage until successfully earning the degree. In August 1992, the Hong Kong Government announced to accept graduates from the OLI to apply for its positions which required a university degree. In November 1992, the OLI offered 17 degree programmes which were approved by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic Qualifications. In November 1993, the OLI held its first congregation.

Upgrade to an University[edit]

In June 1995, the OLI passed the accreditation by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic Qualifications and received the recommendation of granting the self-accrediting status after June 1996. In October 1996, the Hong Kong Government granted the OLI with the self-accrediting status. It recognized the capacity of self-management and quality assurance of the Institution. In February 1997, the Hong Kong Executive Council approved in principle to the upgrade the OLI to a university. In May 1997, the motion for the third reading was agreed by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. The OLI was upgraded to the Open University of Hong Kong and became the seventh statutory university in Hong Kong.[10]

Continuous Improvement[edit]

In October 1998, students of the OUHK were allowed to be included in the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students (NLSFT). In June 1999, the OUHK was conferred the Prize of Excellence for Institutions by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) for 1999.[11] In October 1999, the Hong Kong Government approved a one-off grant of HK$50 million to develop the University into a Centre of Excellence in Distance and Adult Learning[12] and accepted the OUHK to apply for the grant of the Research Grants Council (RGC). In June 2000, the electronic library of the OUHK won the Stockholm Challenge Award in a global IT contest.

In October 2000, the Open University of Hong Kong Centre for Continuing and Community Education was officially renamed as the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education to acknowledge the donation of HK$40 million by the Li Ka Shing Foundation in supporting the establishment of the Island Learning Centre.[13]

Launch of Full-time Programmes[edit]

In September 2001, the OUHK firstly launched the full-time associate degree programme. In March 2005, the University introduced the first full-time top-up degree programme. In May 2004, the OUHK partnered with the Vocational Training Council (VTC) to introduce top-up degree programmes.

In May 2005, the OUHK started to collaborate with local hospitals for nurse degree education. The University partnered with Cathay Pacific Airways to organise the Professional Diploma in Inflight Service programme. In October 2005, the University partnered with the Hong Kong Police Force for recruit police constables' foundation training.

In September 2006, the OUHK officially started to participate in the Hong Kong's centralised joint university admission system (JUPAS), becoming the first higher education institution offering self-financing degree programmes. In the meantime, the OUHK partner with the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. In June 2007, the OUHK established Centre for Putonghua Education and Testing. In August 2007, the OUHK signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Hospital, partnering to launch full-time Bachelor of Nursing with honours (General Health) programmes. In the meantime, the OUHK freely opened its teaching materials, providing Hong Kong residents with self-studying opportunities. In September 2007, the University Council unanimously approved to name the School of Business and Administration after Dr Lee Shau-kee to acknowledge his donation of HK$50 million in supporting the establishment of the University Development Fund. In December 2007, the OUHK was included in the Government's Matching Grant Scheme for the first time and raised a total of HK$160 million as a result.

In May 2008, the OUHK firstly partnered with the Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) on fashion business top-up degree[14]

In June 2008, full-time nursing programmes were accredited by the Nursing Council.[15]

Research Centre[edit]

Under the coordination of the Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2014, the OUHK was granted a subsidy of HK$18 million in the application of research grants for local self-financing institutions to set up the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology & Sustainability, the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities and the Centre of Chinese Culture.

Programmes offered[edit]

Full-time programmes[edit]

Full-time programmes[16] have been the recent main focus of the OUHK. Similar to the full-time programmes of other universities, the programmes are conducted by lectures and tutorials. Some even include laboratory courses and practicums. Face-to-face programmes mainly consists of full-time and part-time modes. Some full-time face-to-face programmes have been included in the Hong Kong's centralised joint university admission system (JUPAS).

Part-time programmes[edit]

Part-time programmes include distance learning programmes, the programmes have been the ongoing programmes of the OUHK since its establishment. The University provides students applied for distance learning programmes with self-study materials. Some programmes even include interactive CD-ROMs, videos and computer software.[17] The University's tutors conduct regular tutorials on weekday evening or weekend. Distance learning programmes allow student to decide to attend tutorials. However, some tutorials require students to attend specific classes or laboratory courses. Besides, the University arranges tutors to provide students with guidance and assistance by phone, email or online at specific time. Tutors also provide feedback on all assignments to help guide students' learning.

Although most distance learning programmes are in open entry, with no entry requirements and time limits on finishing a qualification, students are required to complete specific assignments and to pass end-term exams during their study periods so as to attain the course credit. Besides, every distance learning programme, including diploma and degree programmes, is set with studying rules. Students are required to follow the rule to accumulate assigned course credits so as to apply for qualifications.

Governance & Organization[edit]

The Open University of Hong Kong Ordinance states that the Chief Executive (Hong Kong Governor before the return of Hong Kong to China) or a person designated by him shall be the Chancellor of the University.[18]

Academic and Research Units[edit]

The academic units of the University consists of:[19]

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences[20]
  • Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration[21]
  • School of Education and Languages[22]
  • School of Science and Technology[23]
    • Division of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Science and Technology[24]
  • Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE)[25]

The University Research Centre (URC) is set up to serve as a centralized unit of the University overseeing research activities of the University, supporting research carried out by staff of the University and coordinating development projects with external funding. There are five main research institutes and they are:

  • Institute for Research in Innovative Technology & Sustainability[26]
  • Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education[27]
  • Institute of International Business and Governance[28]
  • Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities[29]
  • OUHK Tin Ka Ping Centre of Chinese Culture[30]

Campus development[edit]

The earliest campus of the Open University of Hong Kong was located at the Hennessy Centre at Causeway Bay. Then, it moved to the Trade and Industry Department Tower in Mongkok. It soon moved to the Princess Road, Ho Man Tin for the preparation of the grand opening of Ho Man Tin Campus.

In April 1996, the campus located in 30 Good Shepherd Street opened and provided students with an ideal learning environment.

In July 2000, the multimedia laboratory subsidized by the Hong Kong Jockey Club opened.

In October 2000, the Island Learning Centre located in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan opened. The Open University of Hong Kong Centre for Continuing and Community Education was officially renamed as the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education to acknowledge the donation of $40 million by the Li Ka Shing Foundation in supporting the establishment of the Island Learning Centre.

In April 2005, the OUHK rented the entire 1/F of the Ho Man Tin Plaza as its learning centre.

In May 2005, the Campus Phase II Development started. The Project was to build an academic building of 12 floors at the carpark of Ho Man Tin Main Campus located at Good Shepherd Street. The expense of the Development was about $170 million. It received various donations from the public, including the TS Kwok Foundation, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation, Dr. Wong Bing-lai, Ms Serena Yang Hsueh-chi, Dr. Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the Chiang Chen Industrial Charity Foundation, Dr Cheng Yu-tung, Mr Solomon Lee Kui-nang and other alumnus.[31] The Campus Phase II Development Project received the Government interest-free loan of $120 million. The OUHK officially named the new academic building after Dr Kwok Tak Seng Building to acknowledge the TS Kwok Foundation granting a donation of $40 million to support the Campus Phase II Development Project. In August 2008, the Campus Phase II Building Ground-breaking Ceremony was held. On 22 January 2008, the OUHK named the high block of the Ho Man Tin main campus building after Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung, in recognition of his donation of HK$35 million towards the development of the University's phase II campus extension.[32]

In May 2008, the Clinical Nursing Education Centre opened. It is the simulation centre incorporating the learning elements of general, mental and Chinese medicinal nursing.[33]

In September 2008, the Campus Phase II opened.

In September 2010, the OUHK named the courtyard of the Ho Man Tin Main Campus after Siu Tsang Fung Kwan, in recognition of the donation of 10 million by Mr Gerald C S Siu and the support from his mother Siu Tsang Fung Kwan and his wife.

In December 2012, the OUHK received the grant of land on Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin from the Education Bureau and made use of it to develop the Campus Phase III and a new academic institute. The expected expense was about $720 million. In January 2011, the Campus Phase III received the Government interest-free loan of $317 million. In February 2012, the OUHK named the new campus and the auditorium after the Jockey Club, in recognition of its donation of $190 million in supporting the development of the Campus Phase III. On 28 February 2012, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Campus Pahse III was held.[34]

In August 2012, the OUHK sold the Island Learning Centre located at Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan and purchased a new learning centre in Kwai Hing. In September 2013, the Kwai Hing Learning Centre opened. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) moved to the Kwai Hing Learning Centre at the Block 2 of the Kowloon Commerce Centre.

In February 2014, the Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus of the OUHK officially opened.[35]

In August 2014, the OUHK received the approval from the Town Planning Board, rezoning the vacant land of 11 years on Sheung Shing Street for the government and public purposes to facilitate the development of a new academic building[36][37]。The Planning Department considered that the development would not bring any negative impacts to neighbouring areas. In the meantime, the Education Bureau also gave support to the extension project of the OUHK. Therefore, the application was finally approved.[38]

In February 2017, the OUHK is going to build a Nursing and Healthcare Complex opposite to the Ho Man Tin Main Campus on Sheung Shing Street. The establishment of the new Complex will enable the University to cater to the future manpower requirements for nursing and other healthcare services, and will allow swift response to the new and unforeseen community needs that may arise as our society ages.[39]

Campus locations[edit]

The OUHK Campus Phase I High Block (Cheng Yu Tung Building), facing Fat Kwong Street
The OUHK Campus Phase I Low Block, facing Good Shepherd Street
The OUHK Campus Phase II (Kwok Tak Seng Building), facing Fat Kwong Street
The OUHK Campus (Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus), facing Chung Hau Street
The OUHK Campus (Jubilee College at Jockey Club Campus), facingPrincess Road
OUHK viewed from Fat Kwong Street

Ho Man Tin Campus[edit]

The Ho Man Tin Campus consists of the Main Campus on Good Shepherd Street and the Jockey Club Campus.

The Main Campus is located at 30 Good Shepherd Street,[40] adjacent to SKH Tsoi Kung Po Secondary School, the Hong Kong Football Association Limited and the Auxiliary Medical Service Headquarters. It consists of Block A, B and C.

  • Block A: The OUHK Campus Phase I High Block (Cheng Yu Tung Building), facing Fat Kwong Street
  • Block B: The OUHK Campus Phase I Low Block, facing Good Shepherd Street
  • Block C: The OUHK Campus Phase II (Kwok Tak Seng Building), facing Fat Kwong Street

The Main Campus is equipped with a library, lecture halls, tutorial rooms, self-study rooms, lobbies, a canteen, a cafe, a bank, an information centre, a mail room, pantries, a multi-function hall, changing rooms, language laboratories, multimedia laboratories, technology laboratories, environmental laboratories, clinical nursing laboratories, a sound recording studio, music rooms, band rooms, counselling rooms and a car park. Auxiliary facilities for people with disabilities are also available.

The Jockey Club Campus located at 81 Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, adjacent to Dragon View and Hung Hom Division of the Hong Kong Police Force.[41] The Jubilee College is of 12 floors and it consists of Block D and E. It takes a few minutes to walk from the Main Campus to the Jockey Club Campus.[42]

  • Block D: The OUHK Jubilee College (facing Princess Road and Chung Hau Street)
  • Block E: The OUHK Jubilee College (facing Princess Road and Chung Hau Street)

Apart from the auditorium, classrooms, the library and PC laboratories, the College is equipped with learning commons, multi-function halls, cultural and creative studio, laboratories, testing and certification laboratories, microbiological laboratories and the clinical nursing centre.

The University’s Nursing and Healthcare Complex Development Project – Sheung Shing Street, Ho Man Tin

The University’s Nursing and Healthcare Complex Development Project and relevant academic programmes are under planning. The establishment of the new Complex will enable the University to cater to the future manpower requirements for nursing and other healthcare services, and will allow swift response to the new and unforeseen community needs that may arise as our society ages. Meanwhile, new programmes such as Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Mental Health and Psychology and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics are under planning to meet the growing demands for a wide array of healthcare professionals. Some brand-new facilities, including the psychology laboratory and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) service/training centre, will be built in the new Complex. They will become future assessment or resource centres for the public who have needs for specialized healthcare services.[39]

Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC)[edit]

In August 2012, the OUHK purchased floors 8 – 12 of the Block 2 of the Kowloon Commerce Centre with $770 million. Each floor is about 25,000 sq. ft. The gross area is about 124,300 sq. ft.

The Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC) is located at 8-12/F, Tower 2, Kowloon Commerce Centre, 51–53 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories.[43] The Kwai Hing Learning Centre opened in September 2013 and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education (LiPACE) also moved from the Island Learning Centre to the Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC). After from classrooms, lecture theatre, PC laboratories, study rooms, student commons, several purpose-built teaching/ learning facilities and a learning resources centre, the Learning Centre is also equipped with art studios, design studios and simulation classrooms, including simulation cabins, hotel rooms, wards and broadcasting studios.[43]

CITA Learning Centre (OCLC)[edit]

The OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) opened in 2010, locating at 0/F – 5/F, OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (CITA Building), 201–203 Lai King Hill Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories.[44] The area of the Centre is around 3,530 square metres with 11 classrooms, 3 PC laboratories, a learning resource centre, studios, self-study rooms and student amenities.

OUHK Consultants (Shenzhen) Limited[edit]

The company is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. It is responsible for managing programmes of the OUHK held in China and handling the admission applications of mainland students.[45]

Non-academic Development[edit]

Student activities[edit]

The OUHK always encourages its students to form societies and organize student activities. The University provides student organizations with assistance and help by Student Affairs Committee and Student Affairs Office. By planning and participating in various activities, students can improve their knowledge and enhance their organizational skills. Currently, there are near 50 student societies[46] and various alumni associations accredited by the University and granted for subsidy. The associations provide students with various kinds of activities, including sports competitions, academic discussions, seminars, outdoor activities and rehearsal exercises.

Since the re-establishment of the Students' Union in 2008, the current Committee on Student Affairs transforms into the joint discussion platform of both the University representatives and the principle members of the Students' Union, helping to manage the constitute politics and financial affairs of student societies.

Students' Union[edit]

Every student who is registered on a credit-bearing course of study offered by OUHK during a session shall be entitled to exercise the rights and enjoy privileges of membership during such session. The Students’ Union aims to act as a channel of communication between the students and OUHK and other bodies, to promote a school spirit amongst the students, to promote the welfare of the students, to promote and develop social and educational opportunities for the students and to represent the students.[47]

Executive Committee[edit]

The Executive Committee is the highest executive authority of the Union and shall be accountable to the general polling, general meetings and the Union Council. It is responsible for the day-to-day affairs and administrative work of the Students’ Union.

The Executive Committee will consist of 6 to 18 Committee Members from a cabinet to be elected by the votes of all members. The Committee Members of the Executive Committee will consist of one President, one Internal Vice-President, one External Vice-President, one Financial Controller, one General Secretary and not less than one and not more than thirteen additional members as may be elected as part of a cabinet of candidates. There must be 1/5 cabinet members whose study mode will be different from those other cabinet members.

The quorum of a meeting of the Executive Committee will be 1/2 or above of the Committee Members.

The President of the Executive Committee also serves as the ex-officio member of the Council and the Court. The Executive Committee can commission its members or student representatives to attend the following university meetings to express their views. The meetings include the Senate, the Catering Committee, the University Equal Opportunities Commission, the Committee on Student Affairs and the General Meeting of the Four Schools.

The office of the OUHK Students' Union's is located at Room C0314, 3/F, 30 Good Shepherd Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong[48]

List of the Presidents of the OUHKSU:

  • 1st session (2008 - 2009): Wong Tze[49]
  • 2nd session (2009 - 2010): Wong Kwun-lun[50]
  • 3rd session (2010 - 2011): Leung Hin-ming[51]
  • 4th session (2011 - 2012): Leung Lok-hang[52]
  • 5th session (2012 - 2013): Dickson Chau Tsun-yin[53]
  • 6th session (2013 - 2014): Delison Chan Pui-hei[54]
  • 7th session (2014 - 2015): Ian Yip Yee-yin[55]
  • 8th session (2015 - 2016): Man Chun-kit[56]

The current President of the OUHKSU:

  • 9th session (2016 - 2017): Gilbert Chan Tsz-wai[56]

Editorial Board[edit]

The Editorial Board is responsible for publishing the publications of the Students’ Union and shall be accountable to a general polling, general meetings and the Union Council. The duties of the Editorial Board include reflecting the views of students, reporting the policies of the University, reporting the activities in the University, being concerned with social topics and playing the role of monitoring as media.

The Editorial Board will consist of 7 to 15 Committee Members from a cabinet to be elected by all members and responsible for organizing the Editorial Board. The Committee Members of the Editorial Board will consist of one Editor-in-chief, two Assistant Editors-in-chief, one Financial Controller, one General Secretary, one Executive Editor and not more than nine additional members as may be elected as part of a cabinet of candidates.

The quorum of a meeting of the Editorial Board will be 1/2 or above of the Committee Members.

The Editorial Board used to be the standing subcommittee of the Executive committee of the Students' Union. The title of its publication is Open Voice. It is introduced by Wong Kwun-lun, the President of the 2nd Students' Union with the mission of "being open" and "injustice provoking outcry", addressing the University and student affairs. Leung Hin-ming took up his role as the 2nd Editor-in-chief of the Editorial Board, introducing more life elements in the publication and developing "Freshman Special Edition". The amount and quality of the later publications varied. The operational transparency and exposure were relatively low. In Year 2015 to 2016, the Editorial Board granted the statutory authority of independence. However, the designate cabinet came to dismissal at that time. The by-elected cabinet failed to succeed due to the inadequate polling rate. The first officially independent Editorial Board was elected in Year 2016 to 2017. Yau Wing-sze, the former Member of the 8th Editorial Board, took up the post of Editor-in-chief. The publication frequency changed from once a year to three times a year. The newly formed Editorial Board followed the existing idea and continued to publish "Freshman Special Edition". It also joined the Joint-University Editorial Board and established the office of the Editorial Board of OUHKSU. The office is located at E0716, Jubilee College, Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon.

Open Voice is the only student-driven, university-recognized-and-granted and editorial-independent publication of the OUHK.

List of Editor-in-chiefs:

  • 1st session (2008 - 2009): Wong Kwun-lun
  • 2nd session (2009 - 2010): Leung Hin-ming
  • 3rd session (2010 - 2011): Yu Yui-ching
  • 4th session (2011 - 2012): Lee Wai-nan
  • 5th session (2012 - 2013): Lau Tsz-kwan
  • 6th session (2013 - 2014): Lam Lap-kwan
  • 7th session (2014 - 2015): Mang Mong-wan
  • 8th session (2015 - 2016): vacante

The current Editor-in-chief:

  • 9th session (2016 - 2017): Yau Wing-sze

The Union Council[edit]

The Union Council is the legislative, supervising and judicial authority of the Union with its power only second to a general polling and a general meeting. Its duties include:

  • Examine, investigate and pass the year plans, budget plans, financial and working report of the Students’ Union;
  • Supervise the working condition of the Executive Committee and Editorial Board;
  • Interpret and amend the Constitution;
  • Hold the elections of Students’ Union;
  • Hold the elections of the Representatives of the Union Council;
  • Hold general polling and general meeting;
  • Handle the resignations of the Councillors of the Union Council, Popularly Elected Councillors, Committee Members of the Executive Committee and Committee Members of the Editorial Board;
  • Enforce punishment; and
  • Set up Subcommittees under the Union Council

The Union Council will consist of one representative from each affiliated body, seven Popularly Elected Councillors (If there are less than seven Popularly Elected Councillors, their seats shall be deemed to be vacancies), three Ex-officio Councillors (the Chairperson of the Union Council of the previous session, the President of the Executive Committee and the Editor-in-chief of the Editorial Board)

  • If the Chairperson of the Union Council of the previous session becomes a Committee Member of the Executive Committee of the current session or a Committee Member of the current session of the Editorial Board, his/her office should be filled by the Chairperson of the session before the previous session.
  • If the President of the Executive Committee of the previous session becomes a Committee Member of the Executive Committee of the current session or a Committee Member of the current session of the Editorial Board, his/her office should be filled by the President of the session before the previous session.
  • If the Editor-in-chief of the Editorial Board of the previous session becomes a Committee Member of the Executive Committee of the current session or the Committee Member of the current session of the Editorial Board, his/her office should be filled by the Editor-in-chief of the session before the previous session.

The Representatives of the Union Council will consist of one Chairperson, one Vice Chairperson, one Secretary, one Vice Secretary. The representatives of the Union Council will be elected by and among the Councillors. The Union Council will have the following standing subcommittees to assist in the carrying out of its work:

  • The Constitution Review Committee: consisting of 1 Chairperson and at least 3 other Committee Members to handle the matters on amending the Constitution.
  • The Election Board: consisting of 1 Chairperson and at least 3 other Committee Members to co-ordinate all the election matters of the Students’ Union.

The Union Council may set up different subcommittees according to circumstances. The chairperson of all the subcommittees must be Councillors and other committee members shall be members of the Union. The setting up of all committees shall have to be passed by the Union Council.

General meetings shall be called once a month. Notice of a meeting shall be given to Councillors and announce to members of the Union 1 week before calling the meeting together with the agenda thereof. Upon the joint requisition signed by 1/3 or above of the Councillors, or if the Chairperson thinks that it is necessary, an emergency meeting may be called. Notice of a meeting shall be given to Councilors and announce to members of the Union 48 hours before calling the meeting together with the agenda thereof.

The quorum of a meeting of the Union Council will be 1/2 or above of the Councillors.

The Chairperson of the Union Council also serves as the ex-officio member of the Court. The Union Council should also appoint a Councillor (popularly elected is preferred) as the representative to attend the Committee on Student Affairs.

List of Chairpersons of the Union Council:

  • 1st session (2008 - 2009): Chan Hing-wai
  • 2nd session (2009 - 2010): Law Tsz-chun (left the post in January 2010)/ Leung Tsz-yan (assumed office in February 2010)
  • 3rd session (2010 - 2011): Yau Chun-yip
  • 4th session (2011 - 2012): Tsang Hin-man
  • 5th session (2012 - 2013): Lau Chun-kit
  • 6th session (2013 - 2014): Ian Yip Yee-yin (left the post in January 2014)/ Wong Ho-yi (assumed office in February 2014)
  • 7th session (2014 - 2015): Ho Ki-hang
  • 8th session (2015 - 2016): Cheng Chung-kit

The current Chairperson of the Union Council:

  • 9th session (2016 - 2017): Tang Sin-hang

General Meetings[edit]

A general meeting is an authority second to a general polling only. The Union Council should hold an annual general meeting in the first month (starting from April)of each session and the general meeting must be called within 7 to 21 days from a resolution made by the Union Council. At the general meeting, the Union of the previous session shall present its working report and financial report; the Union Council of the current session shall present its budget plan and the Executive Committee and the Editorial Board shall present their year plans and budget plans. Not less than 7 days notice of a general meeting shall be given, and notice shall be given by posting the same on the Union notice board in the campus of OUHK and sending the same by electronic means to members. The quorum of a general meeting will be not less than 100 members personally present. Where the quorum is not reached half an hour before the time appointed for conducting the meeting, the Chairperson shall declare the meeting flopped and may call another meeting again within 14 days. If the adjourned meeting still flops, the motion shall be withdrawn.

Upon a resolution of the Union Council being carried or upon the written requisition of not less than 100 Members, the Union Council shall, as regards the purpose indicated in the relevant resolution or the relevant requisition, call an emergency general meeting, which meeting must be conducted within 7 to 21 days from the day of the resolution or the requisition.

General Polling[edit]

A general polling is a means of the members of the Union to resolve issues by way of polling. A general polling is the highest authority of the Union. Upon the resolution of the Union Council being carried or upon the written requisition of not less than 500 members, the Union Council shall conduct a general polling as regards the purpose indicated in the relevant resolution or the relevant requisition, which general polling must be conducted within 7 to 21 days from the day of the resolution or the requisition. The valid votes cast is no less than 1/15 of the total members of the Union. The result of General Polling shall not be valid and the motion shall be deemed to have withdrawn if the number of votes cast is less than 1/15 of the total membership of the Union. A motion of a general polling shall only be carried by 1/2 or above affirmative vote of all the total votes for the motion.

Affiliated Societies[edit]

An Affiliated Body means an organization of members undertaking extra-curricular activities within the context of OUHK, the constitution of which provides that its membership is open to OUHK students and for its office bearers to be annually elected by its members. As of December 2016, there are 48 student societies for both distance learning and full-time programme students to join.[57]

List of student societies for both distance learning and full-time programme students to join

  • Accounting Society
  • Air Cadet Society
  • Animation and Visual Effects Society
  • Astronomy Society
  • Business Management Society
  • Chinese Society
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Computing Society
  • Corporate Governance and Global Business Society
  • Creative Advertising and Media Design Society
  • Drama Society
  • Enactus
  • Engineering Student Society
  • Film Society
  • Investment and Finance Society
  • Japanese Culture Society
  • Karate Society
  • Photography Society
  • Rotaract Club
  • Rugby Society
  • Student Applied Social Studies Society
  • Student Badminton Society
  • Student Basketball Society
  • Student Beauty Society
  • Student Creative Writing and Film Arts Society
  • Student Cycling Society
  • Student Dancing Society
  • Student Dragon Boat Club
  • Student English and Education Society
  • Student E-Sports Society
  • Student Hiking Society
  • Student Korean Culture Society
  • Student Language and Translation Society
  • Student Music Society
  • Student Nursing Society
  • Student Politics and Public Administration Society
  • Student Psychology Society
  • Student Social Service Society
  • Student Society of Business and Administration
  • Student Society of Social Sciences
  • Student Statistical Analysis Society
  • Student Testing and Certification Society
  • Student Volleyball Society
  • Student Wofoo Leaders' Network Society
  • Table Tennis Society
  • Wing Tsun Society

Educational TV Programmes[edit]

With a mission to provide open and distance education, the OUHK has been purchasing airtime to broadcast television programmes for the benefit of the learning public since 1989. The programmes feature a wide spectrum of topics including arts, science, social sciences, business administration, education, information technology, child development and psychology as well as Chinese history and culture. They are either produced by the OUHK or purchased from the Open University of the UK or the China Central Radio and TV University.[58]

In October 2015, the OUHK and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) once again made a joint effort to launch Open for Learning, the educational TV programme airing on TVB Pearl from 9am to 1 pm every Sunday morning. The programme has been continuously brought to the public, enlightening not only students, but everyone in Hong Kong.[59]

Other Information[edit]

List of number of graduates[edit]

Congregation Ceremony No. of academic awards presented
1st Congregation Ceremony(1993) 161
2nd Congregation Ceremony(1994) 549
3rd Congregation Ceremony(1995) 1,343
4th Congregation Ceremony(1996) 1,923
5th Congregation Ceremony Only honorary doctorate degree presented
6th Congregation Ceremony(1997) 2,264
7th Congregation Ceremony(1998) 2,298
8th Congregation Ceremony(1999) 2,785
9th Congregation Ceremony(2000) 4,507
10th Congregation Ceremony(2001) 3,695
11th Congregation Ceremony(2002) 4,664
12th Congregation Ceremony(2003) 4,817
13th Congregation Ceremony(2004) 6,141
14th Congregation Ceremony(2005) 5,456
15th Congregation Ceremony(2006) 6,722
16th Congregation Ceremony(2007) 5,585
17th Congregation Ceremony(2008) 5,914
18th Congregation Ceremony(2009) 5,397
19th Congregation Ceremony(2010) 5,789
20th Congregation Ceremony(2011) 6,350
21st Congregation Ceremony(2012) 5,732
22nd Congregation Ceremony(2013) 5,867
23rd Congregation Ceremony(2014) 6,148
24th Congregation Ceremony(2015) 5,807
25th Congregation Ceremony(2016) 6,833[60]

List of Honorary Graduates[edit]

List of Honorary Graduates goes as follow[61]

Year Doctor of Business Administration honoris causa Doctor of Science honoris causa Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa Doctor of Letters honoris causa Doctor of Education honoris causa
1993 Dr Chiang Chen Mr Cheng Hon-kwan, OBE, JP
1994 Mr Lee Hon-chiu The Honorable Mrs Elsie Tu, CBE
1995 Sir Q W Lee, CBE, JP Professor Rosie T T Young, OBE, JP Professor Federico Mayor
1996 Professor David Murray Dr Ian Mugridge
Sir John Swaine, CBE, LLD, QC, JP
1997 Mr Yang Zilin Mr Gregory Leonard Crew Mr Wong Hong-yuen Mr Andrew Li Kwok-nang
1998 Sir William Purves Professor Sir Harry Fang Sin-yang
Professor Kan Yuet-wai
Professor Huang Qing-yun
1999 Dr Philip Wu Po-him, JP Dato Professor Gajaraj Dhanarajan, DSPN
Dr Li Ka-shing, JP
Professor Jao Tsung I
2000 Mr Raymond Kwok Ping-luen Miss Gladys Li Chi-hei, SC, JP
Professor Wei Yu
Professor Louis Cha, GBM
The Honorable Mrs Anson Chan, GBM, JP
2001[62] Mr Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, GBS, JP Mr Tin Ka-ping Dr Chung Chi-yung, GBS
Sir John Daniel
2002[63] Dr Victor Fung Kwok-king Dr Fong Yun-wah, SBS, JP Ms Josephine Siao Fong-fong
Professor Otto Peters
2003[64] Dr William Mong Man-wai
Mr David Sun Tak-kei
Mr Charles Lee Yeh-kwong Lord Perry
2004[65] Dr Stanley Ho Hung-sun Professor Lu Yongxiang Reverend Michael Yeung
Dr Tony Bates
2005[66] Mr Vincent Cheng Hoi-chuen, GBS, JP Professor Dr Wichit Srisa-an Mr Xiang Huaicheng Mr Mo Yan
2006[67] Dato' Dr Cheng Yu-tung
Dr Lee Shau-kee
Professor Tam Sheung-wai Ms Yip Wing-sie, JP
2007[68] Professor Qian Yi Ms Serena Yang Hsueh-chi
Mr Wong Kar-wai
Mr Li Rui
Professor Wang Gungwu
2008[69] Mr Solomon Lee Kui-nang Mr Henry Tang Ying-yen, GBS, JP
Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai, GBS, CBE, OBE, JP
Professor Howard Goldblatt
2009[70] Mr Thomas Chan Chun-hoo Mr Chen Zuoer
Mr Stanley Ko Kam-chuen
Dr Chung King-fai
Professor Zhang Deming
2010[71] Mr Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong
Mr Vincent Woo Wing-fai
Mr Paul Chow Man-yiu Ms Ann Hui On-wah
2011[72] Dr Simon Kwok Siu-ming, BBS, JP Dr Alice Piera Lam Lee Kiu-yue, GBS, JP
Mr Li Rongrong
Mr Liu Yichang, BBS, MH
2012[73] Mr Liu Mingkang Mr Gerald Siu Chi-shing Professor Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, GBS, CBE, JP
2013[74] Mr Bunny Chan Chung-bun, SBS, JP Professor Huang Jiefu
Dr Anthony Francis Neoh, SC, JP
Dr Wong Yan-lung, GBM, SC
2014[75] Mrs Eva Cheng Li Kam-fun Professor John Leong Chi-yan, SBS, OBE, JP Dr York Yat-Ngok Chow, GBS, SBS, MBE, JP Professor Zhong Binglin
2015[76] Mr Thomas Brian Stevenson, SBS, JP Professor Justin Yifu Lin
The Honourable Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBM, JP
Professor Ruth Emilie Scott Hayhoe, SBS
2016[77] Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, BBS The Honourable Mrs Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, GBM, JP Professor Chang Hsin-kang, GBS, JP Mr Michael Suen Ming-yeung, GBS, CBE, JP

(As of 10 January 2017)

List of Honorary University Fellows[edit]

List of Honorary University Fellows goes as follow[61]

(As of 10 January 2017)

Transportation[edit]

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  69. ^ OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 23/11/2010
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  74. ^ OUHK to confer four outstanding personages 20/11/2015
  75. ^ OUHK to honour four outstanding personages 28/10/2016
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  77. ^ OUHK to honour four ardent supporters 28/10/2002
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  82. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 30/08/2007
  83. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 12/09/2008
  84. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 16/10/2009
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  88. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 15/10/2013
  89. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships 22/10/2014
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  91. ^ OUHK to confer Honorary University Fellowships on five distinguished leaders 07/10/2016
  92. ^ a b Ho Man Tin Estate to Garden Street
  93. ^ a b Ho Man Tin Estate to Bulkeley Street, Hung Hom
  94. ^ Oi Man Estate to Garden Street
  95. ^ Tam Kung Road, To Kwa Wan to Oi Man Estate
  96. ^ Bulkeley Street, Hung Hom to Pioneer Centre, Mongkok
  97. ^ Market Street, Tsuen Wan to Ho Man Tin
  98. ^ Tam Kung Road, To Kwa Wan to Oi Man Estate

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