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HKMU School of Open Learning celebrates its first anniversary and continues to uphold its mission of "Education for All"   29/8/2022

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The officiating guests officiate the ceremony and celebrate HKMU's new milestone in open learning.

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Addressing at the ceremony, Secretary for Education Dr Christine Choi Yuk-lin praises the University’s mission of "Education for All", which has enabled many aspiring learners to gain access to higher education.

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HKMU Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung greatly appreciates distance-learning students' willingness to take the time and effort to enhance themselves, which embodied the true "Hong Kong Lion Rock" spirit.

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HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing emphasizes that HKMU is the only tertiary institution offering such a broad range of learning support and development activities for non-full-time students in Hong Kong.

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HKMU Dean of School of Open Learning Dr Li Kam-cheong says the School will continue to strengthen its collaboration with mainland and overseas institutions. Academic reforms are also underway to prepare students for the new era.

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) established the School of Open Learning (SOL) on 1 September 2021 to coordinate its distance-learning and part-time programmes. Earlier, in celebration of its first anniversary, the School shared the University’s achievements in open learning and its commitment to providing distance-learning students with an "agile-blended learning" approach to meet their need for effective learning.

The ceremony was officiated by Secretary for Education Dr Choi Yuk-lin, Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung, Deputy Council Chairman Henry Tong Sau-chai, Executive Committee Member of Council Ms Yvonne Choi Ying-pik, President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Provost Prof. Reggie Kwan Ching-ping, and Dean of SOL Dr Li Kam-cheong of HKMU. On the occasion, a number of representatives from leading overseas open universities extended their congratulations to the School via video messages. A series of talks on open education will also be organized to celebrate this important milestone.

Addressing at the ceremony, Secretary for Education Dr Choi Yuk-lin said that open and distance education has played a vital role in nurturing talent in Hong Kong over the past three decades. She praised the University’s mission of “Education for All”, which has enabled many aspiring learners to gain access to higher education. She said she was delighted that there were over 87,000 graduates of its distance-learning programmes.

Dr Choi commended HKMU for opening the door to knowledge for many students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills that society needs. She also mentioned that the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (Zhaoqing) project, which is currently under planning, will bring Hong Kong’s strengths into play and help nurture talent for the country and Hong Kong.

HKMU Council Chairman Ir Dr Conrad Wong Tin-cheung remarked that most distance-learning students also work full-time. He said he greatly appreciated their willingness to take the time and effort to enhance themselves, which embodied the true "Hong Kong Lion Rock" spirit.

Dr Wong added that HKMU is devoted to nurturing talent and enhancing its students’ career prospects. "I believe, to a certain degree, that the more competent our graduates are, the more competitive Hong Kong will be," he said.

HKMU President Prof. Paul Lam Kwan-sing said that SOL will provide all-round support for students studying in the open-learning mode and will strive to make learning effective, enjoyable and life-enriching. "The School organizes various student activities for their holistic personal development," he said. "For example, a voluntary team has been set up and seminars on various topics have been organized."

Prof. Lam emphasized that HKMU is the only tertiary institution offering such a broad range of learning support and development activities for non-full-time students in Hong Kong.

Dean of SOL Dr Li Kam-cheong shared the achievements of HKMU in open learning. He mentioned the University’s commitment to fostering innovation in teaching. In addition to developing online learning systems, HKMU makes good use of technology and devices in teaching and learning, he said.

Dr Li added that the School will continue to strengthen its collaboration with mainland and overseas institutions. Academic reforms are also underway, whereby common core courses will be introduced to all undergraduate programmes to prepare students for the new era.

HKMU was established as the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Government in 1989. It has grown to become the largest and the only self-financed university granted self-accrediting status. HKMU is a world-renowned pioneer in open and distance education and has been awarded numerous international prizes and awards over the years.

Looking ahead, SOL of HKMU will further enhance the curriculum design and introduce programmes that suit the needs of the 21st century, preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed for the new era. The School will also actively expand its global network and participate in teaching development and research that lead in open learning.