The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) marked its 22nd birthday today (6 Nov) with the Alumni Homecoming Day cum Inauguration Ceremony of Campus Phase II Donor Wall held at its Ho Man Tin campus. Some 250 OUHK donors, alumni, staff and students joined the jubilation and witnessed the launch of the OUHK New College Project.
The celebration kicked off with the Inauguration Ceremony of the Campus Phase II Donor Wall to extend the University's appreciation for the support from donors towards the OUHK's Campus Phase II Project and its fundraising efforts under the Government's Fifth Matching Grant Scheme. It was jointly officiated by the University's Deputy Council Chairman Mr Edward Cheung Wing-yui, Sponsorship and Development Fund Committee (SDFC) Deputy Chairman Dr Vincent Woo Wing-fai and President Prof. John C Y Leong.
In his welcoming remarks, Mr Cheung said, 'With the enthusiastic support from the community, the OUHK has achieved encouraging results in the development of its campus and education services over the past 22 years. We are most grateful to all OUHK community members for their dedication and devotion.'
The ceremony was followed by the presentation of a birthday card by representatives of student and alumni associations.
The day also celebrated the launch of the OUHK New College Project, which was officiated by Mr Cheung, Dr Woo, Prof. Leong, and members of the Council and the SDFC. The New College will be built on Chung Hau Street in close vicinity of the Ho Man Tin campus. It is expected to be ready for occupation by the end of 2013 and will offer full-time programmes in cultural and creative arts, testing and certification and medical services to train talent to support the Government's six crucial industries.
At the ceremony, Prof. Leong called on participants and guests to support the New College Project and 'Name a Desk' fundraising campaign.
A series of fabulous performances by alumni and students, including dancing, martial arts and taekwondo display, yo-yo tricks, orchestral music and singing, was lined up for the day.
There were also sales of souvenirs printed with the 'Open Your Eyes' design specially created by renowned local radio programme host and designer Mr Jan Lamb. The design, representing an abbreviation of 'Open University' and 'Open You', also carries the meaning of widening your horizon through learning.
The OUHK is the first institution dedicated to open and distance education in Hong Kong. Since its establishment by the Government in 1989, the University has provided high quality and flexible further education for over 160,000 learners. More than 60,000 of them have graduated with qualifications at certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
(2) Presentation of birthday card by representatives of student and alumni associations to the OUHK.
(3) Mr. Edward Cheung, Dr. Vincent Woo, Prof. John Leong officiated the kick-off ceremony of the OUHK New College Project.
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