Awards & Achievements
HKU SPACE has fully achieved the European Standards for Quality
HKU SPACE is pleased to announce that it has undergone an International Quality Review (IQR) against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) in October 2021. The School was delighted to learn that it has fulfilled all 10 ESG criteria, and is commended by the panel that “HKU SPACE presents a well-articulated and compelling Vision, Mission and Values Statement (VMV)” and “its societal relevance cannot be underestimated and has to be highly commended”. Also, “the Panel commends the School for being an inclusive educational institution with fair and transparent admission criteria, striving to provide multiple qualification channels to students from various educational backgrounds”.
Following the UGC review report on the University of Hong Kong’s sub-degree programmes published in 2019, HKU SPACE was encouraged to engage in more systematic international benchmarking in order to support its aspiration to be a world class centre for professional and continuing education and lifelong learning. As part of its response, the School decided to undergo an International Quality Review (IQR). The Expert Panel endorsed an Assessment Framework which was derived broadly from the ESG and fitted the purpose of HKU SPACE. The IQR was supported by a German Agency, the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN).
The review meetings were conducted between 11 and 15 October 2021. The Panel met over 90 people, including the HKU SPACE Board of Directors, University colleagues, School staff, part-time teachers, students, graduates, employers, professional bodies and external examiners.
Professor William K.M. Lee, the Director of the HKU SPACE, said, “I am very happy with the positive report which demonstrates our quality assurance receiving global recognition. The Panel was impressed with our work and our commitment to professional and continuing education and lifelong learning. Our vision, mission and strategic direction are sound; and these are supported by an equally sound governance structure; committed leadership and a well established and proven quality assurance system.”
Professor Lee further stated that “I am proud to be a member of the School; and honoured to be working with such esteemed colleagues. The road ahead will be challenging; but I know, with such committed and professional colleagues, the School will overcome these and excel in our mission.”
The Panel concluded that the School has fulfilled the 10 ESG criteria of standards and guidelines for internal quality assurance. The 10 criteria include policy for quality assurance, design and approval of programmes, student-centred learning, teaching and assessment, student admission, progression, recognition and certification, teaching staff, learning resources and student support, information management, public information, on-going monitoring and periodic review of programmes and cyclical external quality assurance.
Finally the Panel concluded the HKU SPACE has a strong base to build on and promising potential of further developing into a World Class Centre of Excellence in Continuing Education, Lifelong Learning and Transnational Education, it has compiled its recommendations to assist the School in this endeavour.
The link to the report can be found here.
The School wins the Sing Tao Excellent Service Award for the 14th Consecutive Year
HKU SPACE was awarded the “Sing Tao Excellent Service Award - Continuing Education” for the 14th year in a row. Ms Susanna Mok, Director of Institutional Advancement of HKU SPACE received the award on behalf of the School at a ceremony on 16 September 2021. The judges commended the School on its unceasing commitment to deliver quality continuing education services to a total of over three million enrolled students over 64 years. The School will continue to provide top-notch programmes in support of its social responsibilities to serve the community and facilitate the individual development of students.
The School was honoured to receive the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Platinum Award for the 8th consecutive year
For the past 64 years, HKU SPACE has been committed to providing quality continuing education for local people from all walks of life and promoting a spirit of lifelong learning.
In 2021, the School was honoured with the top Platinum Award in the Continuing Education Category at the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Awards for the 8th year in a row. This public recognition of our work is enormously gratifying and will motify the School to continue to take the lead in the continuing education sector.
This year, the award ceremony was cancelled once again due to COVID-19 situation. Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, said the School will hold fast to its principles of serving the community by offering more learning opportunities and nurturing more talent for different professional spheres.
The School was awarded Caring Organisation for 12th consecutive year
After being nominated by World Vision Hong Kong, the School is proud to have been awarded Caring Organisation status by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) for 12th consecutive year.
The award recognises the School for its dedication to caring for the community, caring for its employees and caring for the environment. We are delighted to receive this recognition once again and will continue with our caring spirit to better serve society and build a harmonious community.
The Caring Company Scheme was launched by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) in 2002, with the aim of building a more cohesive society by promoting strategic partnerships between businesses and social service partners, and encouraging corporate social responsibility through caring for the community, employees and the environment.
HKU SPACE WINS THE GOLD AWARD IN the WEB ACCESSIBILITY RECOGNITION SCHEME 2020/21
The School won the Gold Award for the 2nd consecutive time in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2020/21 for the accessible design of the School website. Dr C.L. Chan, Chief Information and Planning Officer, received the award on behalf of the School.
The Scheme aims to recognise local enterprises and organisations who have made their websites accessible to people with or without disabilities and provide them with an equal opportunity to easily access the internet. By adopting easy-to-use and easy-to-search web features, the School has been striving to provide quality continued education and career advancement to every sector of the community. It will continue to fulfill its social responsibility and contribute to making Hong Kong a caring and inclusive city.
UGC recognises HKU SPACE initiatives in achieving academic excellence
HKU SPACE (the School), as the principal provider of sub-degree programmes in the University, is pleased to learn that the University Grants Committee (UGC) and its Quality Assurance Council (QAC) have endorsed the University's Progress Report on the QAC Sub-degree Audit. The School welcomes the remark of the UGC and the QAC that the Progress Report is “thorough, comprehensive and indicates a highly developed, self-critical and open-minded approach to optimising the enhancement opportunities provided by external quality audit”. The UGC and QAC also appreciated the continuous initiatives in quality assurance and improvement which demonstrated that HKU SPACE has been “self-starting, committed and resourceful in striving for excellence in teaching and learning quality”. The Progress Report is now uploaded to the QAC website.
Following the Quality Audit Report on Sub-degree Operations by the QAC in February 2019, the University was required to submit an Action Plan three months later and a Progress Report 18 months later. The Action Plan was submitted to the UGC in May 2019. The Action Plan identified 14 action items including international benchmarking, E-Learning development and student learning assessment. In August 2020, the University submitted the Progress Report to the UGC which provided details of the actions taken by the School to address the Audit Panel’s affirmations and recommendations.
The UGC and the QAC were also pleased to note that, despite significant local and global challenges well beyond the control of the University and the School, significant progress has been made on all points of our Action Plan. Most actions have been completed already, and clear timetables are set out for those that require a longer implementation.
The University and the School will continue to monitor and review progress to ensure that further developments and initiatives are effectively and efficiently implemented in the sub-degree operations.
SCHOOL WINS ACCLAIM AT THE READER’S DIGEST AWARDS FOR THE 7TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
HKU SPACE is committed to promoting lifelong learning opportunities. In the past 63 years, it has provided quality education to nearly 3 million people. The School won the top Platinum Trustmark Award in the Continuing Education Category at the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Awards for the 7th consecutive year. The Platinum Award is the highest honour in the category which recognised the School’s leadership in continuing education sector.
This year, the award ceremony was cancelled in light of the COVID-19. Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, said the School will continue to fulfil its social responsibilities, provide more diverse programmes for general citizens from all walks of life and, to meet the needs of social development and support individual development of the students.
AWARD THE SING TAO EXCELLENT SERVICES BRAND AWARD FOR THE THIRTEENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
ESTABLISHING A MODEL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
The School won the “Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award – Best Continuing Education Services Provider” for the 13th consecutive year, proving that the School’s efforts have been widely recognised in various sectors for 63 years. The award ceremony was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, expressed his gratitude to all sectors of society for their support and trust. He particularly encouraged all staff of the School to continue to provide quality education with creativity and innovations through e-Learning and diverse programmes, in order to undertake their educational mission and the values of “Lifelong Learning for a Better Future”.
School Wins Acclaim At The Reader’s Digest Awards For The 6th Consecutive Years
The School won the top Platinum Trustmark Award in the Continuing Education Category at the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2019 for the 6th consecutive year. The Platinum Award is the highest honour in the category which recognised the School’s effort in promoting continuing education for 62 years.
Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, attended the ceremony to receive the Award and thanked readers for their trust and support towards the School. He also thanked all the staff of the School for their concerted efforts in making the School a trustworthy and leading continuing education institution.
Acclaimed and affirmed: the School wins the Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award for the 12th consecutive year
HKU SPACE was awarded the “Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award – Best Continuing Education Services Provider” for the 12th consecutive year. The judges recognised the School’s efforts in delivering a continuing education service to the people of Hong Kong for 62 years. Course enrolments since 1956 have exceeded 2.79 million.
Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE, attended the ceremony on behalf of the School to receive the award on 19 March 2019. The School will continue to fulfil its social responsibilities in providing diverse programmes of top-notch quality to meet the needs and support individual development of the students.
HKU SPACE was Highly Commended by the UGC Quality Audit Report on the University’s Sub-degree Operations for Outstanding Academic Excellence
The Quality Audit Report on sub-degree operations released today by the Quality Assurance Council (QAC) of the University Grants Committee (UGC), highly commended HKU SPACE’s excellent policies and procedures, comprehensive and informative documentation, as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of the teaching staff, in both full-time and part-time sub-degree programmes. HKU SPACE was delighted by the positive comments which not only affirmed the School’s high level of commitment to quality assurance, but also paid tribute to the outstanding level of academic excellence for sub-degree programmes achieved by HKU quality assurance mechanisms for many years.
The Report of the Task Force on Review of Self-financing Post-secondary Education published at the end of last year suggested that institutions providing full-time self-financing programmes at sub-degree and undergraduate (including top-up degree) levels, including the self-financing arms of publicly-funded institutions, should come under the aegis of Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320). This could mean our full-time sub-degree and top-up degrees would be detached from the university proper with quality assurance coming under an external quality assurance body. The highly positive UGC Quality Audit Report on our sub-degree provisions, covering a wide range of full-time and part-time programmes, has demonstrated the current effectiveness of the School’s quality assurance mechanism which mirrors that of the HKU quality assurance system. This QAC review is far more comprehensive than the mechanism recommended by the Task Force. Moreover, as HKU SPACE was established under the power of the HKU Ordinance, the School adopts equivalent quality assurance policies as HKU to ensure the high quality of the study programmes and student learning experiences.
The President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Zhang Xiang, was delighted to learn of the very positive comments in the Report on the findings of the UGC Quality Audit of the sub-degree programmes offered by HKU SPACE. He was pleased to read in the Report that, “given the volume and range of the sub-degree programmes on offer, there are excellent policies, processes and procedures in place to guide their development, approval, monitoring and review stages”. He also joined with the UGC in congratulating HKU SPACE “on the detailed informative documentation that guides all aspects of management and quality assurance regarding these programmes”.
Professor William K.M. Lee, the Director of HKU SPACE, said, “HKU SPACE is very appreciative of the Quality Audit conducted by the QAC, essentially because it served as an opportunity for us to undertake a thorough self-evaluation of our sub-degree operations. The positive comments made by the Report were very encouraging and affirmed our academic excellence, especially in continuing education. Established in 1957, HKU SPACE is the oldest continuing education provider and also the first sub-degree provider since 2000. The Community College strives for academic excellence which articulates with the HKU mission and has created second chances for many secondary students in articulating to university study places. To date, over 23,000 graduates have been admitted to bachelor’s degree programmes. HKU SPACE is proud of its long heritage in part-time continuing education and in full-time sub-degree education.”
He added, “I would also like to thank all the teaching and administrative staff for their commitment and professionalism in quality assurance that makes our system work so well. The School is planning to undergo the International Quality Review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency to benchmark against international standards. As we aspire to be a world-class centre of excellence for the provision of professional and continuing education in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region, the School will continue to provide quality continuing education.”
The University and HKU SPACE found the audit a stimulating and helpful process and are looking forward to submitting an Action Plan to the UGC in May 2019 and a Progress Report in August 2020.
For details of the Quality Audit Report, please refer to the Appendix.
HKU SPACE WINS the Gold Award in Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2018/19
The School won the Gold Award in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2018/19 which recognised its efforts in adopting accessible design on the School website.
The Recognition Scheme was organised by the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation, and co-organised by the Government Information Office, with the Equal Opportunities Commission serving as independent advisor. Dr C.L. Chan, Chief Information and Planning Officer, attended the award presentation ceremony on behalf of the School to receive the award.
As a leading continuing education institution providing career advancement and personal enrichment opportunities to every sector of the community, the School will continue to fulfill its social responsibility and contribute to building a caring and prosperous society in which all individuals have equal opportunity to grow and flourish.
SCHOOL WINS ACCLAIM AT THE READER’S DIGEST AWARDS 2018
The School won the top Platinum Trustmark Award in the Continuing Education Category at the recent Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Awards 2018 for the 5th consecutive year. In 2013 the School also received the Gold Award.
Dr Dorothy Chan, Deputy Director (Administration and Resources), received the Award on behalf of the School and thanked Reader's Digest for their support. She said that the Award was a tribute to the School and recognised the tireless contributions and concerted efforts of all the staff at the School who had helped to make the success possible.
THE SCHOOL WINS THE SING TAO EXCELLENT SERVICES BRAND AWARD FOR THE 11th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
HKU SPACE was awarded the “Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award in Continuing Education Service Provider” category for the 11th consecutive year. Dr C. L. Chan, Chief Information and Planning Officer, attended the ceremony on behalf of the School to receive the award. The judges commended the School’s efforts in delivering a continuing education service to the people of Hong Kong for over half a century. The School will continue to fulfil its public responsibilities to provide diversified and quality programmes to satisfy social needs, and facilitate individual development.
AWARD THE SING TAO EXCELLENT SERVICES BRAND AWARDFOR THE TENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
HKU SPACE was awarded the “Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award – Best Continuing Education Services Provider” for the 10th consecutive year at an award ceremony. Professor William K. M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE attended the ceremony on behalf of the School to receive the award. The judges commended the School’s efforts over half a century in promoting the notion of continuing education. The School will continue to fulfil its public responsibilities to provide diversified and quality programmes/courses and to satisfy social needs as well as facilitating individual development.
School wins acclaim at the Reader’s Digest Awards 2016
The School won the top Platinum Trustmark Award in the Continuing Education Category at the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand 2016 awards for the 3rd consecutive year. In 2013 the School also received the Gold Award.
The Trustmark award is the highest honour in the Continuing Education category. To win, the brand must be mentioned by respondents without prompting and obtain an overall rating 2.5 times better than the next brand, or two times more than the next brand with an average quality score of four or more in six different attributes: trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding customer needs, innovation and social responsibility.
Professor William K. M. Lee received the award on behalf of the School and thanked Digest readers for their support. He stated that the award recognised the tireless contributions and concerted efforts of the staff behind the School’s great success.
Award the Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award for the NINEth consecutive year
HKU SPACE was awarded the “Sing Tao Excellent Services Brand Award – Best Continuing Education Services Provider” for the 9th consecutive year at an award ceremony. Dr Dorothy T. F. Chan, Deputy Director (Administration and Resources) attended the ceremony on behalf of the School to receive the award. The judges commended the School’s efforts over half a century in promoting the notion of continuing education. The School will continue to fulfil its public responsibilities to provide diversified and quality programmes/courses and to satisfy social needs as well as facilitating individual development.
The School website continues to win internationally acclaimed awards
After being listed as one of the top ten websites at the 2014 Interactive Media Awards (IMA), the HKU SPACE website has won the “Best in Class” (School Category) Awards at the 2016 IMA awards. Not only is this the highest level of recognition at the Awards, the School was the only winner from Hong Kong to receive this honour. The competition was judged on a wide range of criteria including design, innovation in technical features, content, usability and standard compliance. The School website also obtained the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards of Distinction in 2017. This competition attracted more than 6,000 entrants from agencies and companies all over the world. Both awards are a solid testament to the School’s commitment to delivering high quality and innovative services.