The Open University of Hong Kong
The OUHK believes that successful learning depends on an effective learning environment. It strives to provide academic services and facilities that give students the support they need, and extracurricular opportunities that offer students the enrichment they deserve.
(A) Teaching & Campus Facilities
The campuses in Ho Man Tin and Jubilee College offer libraries, computer and science laboratories, a clinical nursing education centre, testing and certification laboratories, cultural and creative arts studios and laboratories, a language laboratory, study facilities, student common rooms, recreational facilities and canteens.
(B) Library Resources
In addition to the campus libraries’ collection of books, audio visual materials, monographs and journals, the University's award-winning Electronic Library gives students round-the-clock access to an extensive collection of databases, and full-text e-journals and e-books. The libraries offer guides, orientation programmes and workshops throughout the year.
(C) Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Students in the OUHK's full-time face-to-face undergraduate programmes are eligible to apply for financial support through the Government's Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP), the Non-means Tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS) and, for many courses, the Continuing Education Fund (CEF). In addition, interest-free tuition fee loans are available to students who are OUHK MasterCard holders, while a number of donated scholarships are awarded to students each year based on academic performance.
The HKSAR Government has set up a Self-financing Post-secondary Scholarship Scheme (SPSS) to offer scholarships and awards to students pursuing full-time locally-accredited self-financing sub-degree or Bachelor’s Degree programmes. More than 400 OUHK students are awarded various scholarships including the Outstanding Performance Scholarship, Best Progress Award, Talent Development Scholarship, Reaching Out Award and Endeavour Scholarship, totalling over HK$8 million in 2015/16.
(D) IT for Learning
Our students benefit from the OUHK's unique expertise in applying IT to learning and teaching, which it has gained from over a decade of experience in distance education. Most notably, face-to-face learning is enriched by the University's Online Learning Environment (OLE), which enables students to use multimedia study materials and to communicate and collaborate with professors and classmates online.
A Single Sign-On Service and Student Web Portal make the University's web services extremely user-friendly. IT workshops for new students ensure that they can make the best use of online resources and services. Email accounts are provided to all students to make academic and administrative communication more convenient for them.
(E) Extracurricular Learning Opportunities and Community Service
The OUHK's academic staff regularly leads exchange study tours to various places in order to give students an opportunity to observe the practical applications of their studies and to enrich their life experiences. OUHK students have participated in mainland business internships, taken part in programmes such as the 'Global Citizenship Programme' at the United Nations in New York, and joined short duration study tours under the HKSAR Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme. Furthermore, OUHK students are also very active in community service.
(F) Student Activities
The OUHK encourages student activities as an integral part of university life and an enjoyable means to enhance personal growth. To support the development of such activities, the University provides financial and other support to student-related activities through the Student Affairs Office. In addition to the OUHK Students’ Union, there are currently over 40 University recognized student societies, some are organized specifically for students of the full-time face-to-face undergraduate programmes. Students are encouraged to participate in a diverse range of activities, including sports, academic seminars and cultural programmes.
(G) Counselling Services and Personal Development
Academic staff provides assistance to students in choosing the programmes and courses that are right for them. The Student Counselling Service is also available to assist students with any difficulties in their studies or with personal issues. The Student Affairs Office also actively helps students in their whole person development including leadership training, self management, interpersonal management, community caring and cultural exchange. The Career Counselling Services are also provided to assist students to explore, develop and prepare for their future careers.
(H) Support for Students with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs
The University is committed to support students with disabilities or special educational needs in pursuit of their further studies. The support services and special arrangements for these students include course selection counselling, a tutorial centre accessible by wheelchair users, special examinations arrangements and special study aids on loan at the Disabled Student Centre. The Student Affairs Office coordinates with relevant academic and administrative units to provide appropriate support and services to accommodate the special needs of students as far as possible. Due to resources constraint and uniqueness of each special need, our responsible staff would provide appropriate information and make referral when necessary.