Mr Michael WONG Yick-kam, MH, JP Council Chairman
Since its inception in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has assumed an important and unique role in the history of Hong Kong’s higher education. Started as a distance learning institution with the mission of “Education for All”, the OUHK has since enjoyed rapid growth and development. We respond swiftly to the ever-changing environment by offering programmes that are in line with Hong Kong’s manpower needs. In recent years, in response to the Government’s initiative to increase tertiary education opportunities for secondary school leavers, we have shifted our focus to full-time education to nurture talent and provide valuable human resources for various professions. Over the past 30 years, the OUHK has helped 120,000 learners of different qualifications and background to realise their university dreams.
Confucius once said that a person becomes independent at the age of 30. Thirty years of age is also the prime of life for a person and a crucial moment for setting goals and directions in life. To the OUHK, the 30th anniversary is undoubtedly a significant milestone. It represents the University’s transformation and advancement, and is a record of the great efforts paid by all members of the OUHK. Capitalising on our foundation for future development, this is the beginning of a new chapter. Looking ahead, with the concerted efforts of the OUHK community through innovation, I have every confidence that the University will continue to raise our academic standards and teaching quality, create more learning opportunities for our students to go further, and achieve greater heights in the years to come.