Message from the Dean

School of Open Learning About School of Open Learning Message from the Dean

I sincerely welcome you to the School of Open Learning (SOL) at Hong Kong Metropolitan University. The SOL was established on 1 September 2021 — the same day that the Open University of Hong Kong was retitled Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

The SOL is the home of generally all part-time and distance learning programmes leading to sub-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications of the University. We take pride in having more than three decades of offering quality part-time and flexible study programmes through mainly the distance learning mode, and our programmes are well recognized as one of the best in Asia.

Besides the large number of study programmes in a broad range of disciplines, the SOL runs the Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education (IROPINE), which reflects the institution’s high level of scholarship and serious commitment to teaching quality. The IROPINE conducts research projects to solidly guide our teaching development, and organizes international conferences and various events for academic exchanges to promote advancements in educational delivery.

With the establishment of the SOL, the University aims to further strengthen our learning support for students learning at a distance from the campus and to enhance our student activities for all these students. We strive to make your study journey more effective and a life-enriching experience.

Knowledge-based economy has become the trend. Hong Kong and major cities of the world are quickly becoming knowledge-based societies. It is essential that members of the community keep enhancing their knowledge so that new challenges are well handled and good opportunities are seized, no matter what age they are at. Our part-time/distance learning programmes aim to assist you to achieve your goals.


KC Li, PhD

School of Open Learning