The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) was established by the Government in 1989. With the mission of providing Education for All, the University extended its services by offering full-time Bachelor’s Degree programmes in 2003. The University has also joined the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) since 2007.
The University’s six Schools — School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Science and Technology and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education — offer a range of programmes to choose from. Most programmes are taught in English though programmes in the Chinese medium are also available. All of our programmes go through stringent quality assurance mechanisms and are recognized by a number of professional institutions, and a range of exemptions have been granted to our graduates.
The Education Bureau of HKSAR (EDB) has introduced the ‘Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)’ in 2015/2016 academic year at which four OUHK programmes were included in the scheme to offer 350 subsidized places in the disciplines of testing and certification, health care and the creative industries. More OUHK programmes have been selected under the expanded and regularized Scheme to cover a wider range of academic disciplines such as financial technology, creative arts and film arts, and sports management. In the 2020/21 academic year, the number of subsidized places offered by the University is 1,130, benefiting more local students. From 2017/18 academic year onwards, EDB also provides a non-means tested annual subsidy of $30,000 for eligible students pursuing full-time locally-accredited local self-financing undergraduate programmes in Hong Kong (excluding those from SSSDP) offered by eligible participating institutions including the OUHK. More local students are gaining benefits from these new developments.
Currently, there are over 9,000 students on undergraduate programmes at the OUHK. To cope with increasing demand for space as a result of the rapid growth of the student population, the OUHK has established the Jockey Club Campus to train professionals in the cultural and creative arts, testing and certification, and healthcare services. Besides, another campus development project is underway at Sheung Shing Street as we look forward to training up more healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the community.