Testing course well worth the money

| 25 May 2016

The Open University of Hong Kong is best known for its distance learning programs.

But with the school expanding its campus in recent years, it has to consider whether it should highlight the high standard of its facilities too.

Located in the Ho Man Tin luxury residential area, the OUHK campus has nearly completed three phases of development and is still upgrading, said president Wong Yuk- shan.

Students nowadays will consider campus location and facilities when choosing a university, which is just right as campus life apart from academic training is an integral part of the higher education experience.

As such, the Open University is thinking about strengthening communications with students concerning its campus and comprehensive facilities.

Students enrolled in designated programs in the disciplines of testing and certification, as well as health care, are currently getting subsidies from the government, Wong noted.

Meanwhile, their graduates are in great demand in the market.

An aging population, coupled with the provision of an additional 5,000 hospital beds would further heighten workforce needs in the health and care field, Wong said.

And as the mainland is becoming more conscious about product quality management, and the local demand for such professionals remains keen, graduates in testing and certification don't have to worry about landing jobs.

Wong, who is also chairman of the Consumer Council, said annual tuition for the testing and certification program is HK$90,000.

With a government subsidy covering HK$70,000 of the fees, the student only has to shell out HK$20,000.

That would make the already reasonable tuition fee for this very practical course even more attractive.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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