Lifelong Learning in Action: Hong Kong Practitioners' Perspectives

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Competition and Collaboration:
Hong Kong Providers and Partners

John Cribbin


HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT

As has been made clear in the previous chapter, there is a vibrant provision in Hong Kong of tertiary level, continuing professional education. Much of this leads to awards at degree, professional and postgraduate level, a significant part of these awards are overseas awards. In one sense this provision is very much a phenomenon of the past decade, in another sense it has a longer pedigree.

Historically, the London external degree was available in Hong Kong. In the University of Hong Kong (HKU), teaching was available to support this from the inception of the Extra-Mural Department in 1956. Indeed, teaching of the LLB programme from the early 1960s directly stimulated the establishment of a Law Faculty at HKU. In the early 1980s, consideration was given to extending degree level study on a part-time basis and the two universities in Hong Kong were invited to submit proposals. Chinese University established a small, part-time degree programme which was essentially a half-time degree with the same structure and requirements as for a full-time degree but taking twice as long. HKU proposed to establish a programme of external degrees based on a supported distance learning mode with a target number of 1,600 students (and potentially 3,000 or more), a not insignificant number compared to the regular

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