The Open University of Hong Kong
International education is becoming increasingly competitive. Establishments must continuously build on their solid reputations, adapt to student requirements, embrace technology and strive to recruit students who understand that a modern education must reflect a global outlook.
With its vibrant economy and location on China’s doorstep, Hong Kong is vying to become a leading global educational hub with world-class Universities.
With its main campus conveniently located in Kowloon, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) is dedicated to developing student focused programs. By providing open access and distance education sub-degree, degree and postgraduate courses, OUHK is reaching out to students who are looking to gain a greater understanding of the current opportunities presented by the global marketplace. In recognition of the competitive nature of the global education sector, OUHK has actively embraced opportunities and challenges, says OUHK President, Professor John C.Y. Leong;
‘Since the return of sovereignty, Hong Kong transformed itself into a knowledge based economy and there developed a need to provide more educational opportunities for students. OUHK has always dedicated itself to fulfilling the educational needs of Hong Kong and today enjoys a solid reputation as a leading university in Hong Kong. With private universities in Tokyo, Taiwan and Korea playing highly competitive roles in Asia, our government needs to provide much stronger support to the self-financing education sector in Hong Kong in order for it to develop.’
Established by the Hong Kong Government as The Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong in 1989, the university became The Open University of Hong Kong by ordinance in 1997. Under the expansion of education in the 1990s in Hong Kong, the OUHK pioneered the distance learning mode to enable students to adjust the pace of learning according to their own conditions.
This student-focused approach, combined with flexible teaching methods, has enabled OUHK to gain a reputation for excellence while continuously developing new and unique programs such as the fully online Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law. This program and other non-distance learning courses, including full-time courses are helping to ensure OUHK’s reputation for innovation, quality and flexibility is secure.
‘We are a self-financing student-focused educational establishment with a high-quality teaching staff and we pride ourselves on our flexible mode of university education,’ says Professor Leong. ‘Students benefit from a choice of face-to-face or distance learning methods, both of which can deliver. Students who choose distance learning programmes progress at a rate they can manage, using specially-developed course materials, while taking advantage of our Online Learning Environment. We encourage guided self-learning as we believe this leads to a more pro-active experience and allows students to develop more autonomy and develop interactive skills’.
OUHK has actively embraced technology to reach out to the international student population. Through channels on iTunes U and the Open Learning platform, OUHK has built a recognised educational brand which utilizes popular technology platforms to reach new students and provide educational tools for existing students.
With plans for continuous curriculum developments and further expansion of the university campus in 2013, OUHK’s leading position in the international education sector looks set to continue into the future.