The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) was established by Government legislation in 1997, having served the community since 1989 to provide higher education opportunities at the degree level by means of open learning. The University extended its service to offer full-time undergraduate programmes to secondary school leavers in 2003.
The University’s four Schools – Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Administration, Science and Technology, and Education and Languages – offer a range of degree programmes including social sciences, arts, creative arts, business administration, languages, education, computing, engineering, nursing, testing and certification. Most programmes are taught in English while some programmes have Chinese as the medium of instruction. Our full-time undergraduate programmes are primarily taught by the University’s full-time academics, most of whom are doctoral degree holders, active in research with many years of teaching experience. The University takes pride in its stringent quality assurance system which is applied to all of its academic programmes.
OUHK has for a long time, been offering 4-year full-time bachelor’s degree programmes. Under the 3-3-4 curriculum, students would pursue the major area of studies, complemented by general education as well as outside discipline courses. In this way, their education experience in OUHK is well-balanced, with a broad foundation and a strong in-depth coverage of their chosen areas of specialization, to meet the challenges in the forever changing knowledge based society and community.
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. The number of subsidized places offered by the University has been significantly increased to 1,040. 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.
To cope with the growing demand, the OUHK has established the Jockey Club Campus on Chung Hau Street, Ho Man Tin. The University has just received Government approval for granting of a piece of prime site right next to the Ho Man Tin Main Campus to build another new campus. Design work is already underway for construction work to start in the second half of 2017.
The new campus would house all our health-related programmes plus a host of other facilities to enhance students’ learning experience. When completed in year 2020, the new campus would become a health education and community health care hub in Western Kowloon area.