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WMG Graduation Ceremony 2015

20 April 2015

The reputed University of Warwick, UK, held the WMG Graduation Ceremony 2015 in Hong Kong last Sunday (19 April). 36 graduates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand of the WMG were awarded master’s degree, postgraduate certificate or postgraduate qualifications. Four out of 14 graduates from the Programme and Project Management and International Technology Management programmes offered by The University of Warwick in collaboration with the Vocational Training Council (VTC) were from the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), a member institution of the VTC.
 
Re-appointment of three distinguished personalities as Industrial Fellows was announced at the ceremony in recognition of their contributions to the academic sector and industry, namely Mr Stanley LAU Chin-ho, Managing Director of Renley Watch Group and Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Mr Raymond CHAN Wai-man, President and CEO of Jing Mei Group of Companies, and Prof Lewis LUK-tei, President of Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys
 
To attract students of high caliber and encourage lifelong learning, the WMG School for Professional Development awarded scholarships to outstanding students, including two first-class honours degree holders CHAN Yu-shing and YUEN Hok-wai who received a Half Tuition Fee Scholarship worth HK$58,000. Student LAM Lo-on was awarded the VTC Scholarship worth HK$20,000. CHAN and LAM are both SHAPE graduates.
 
In support of the transformation to a knowledge-based society and the call for diversified progression pathways, the VTC and the University of Warwick jointly established the WMG School for Professional Development in Hong Kong. The School launched for the first time the full-time quality master’s programme in Programme and Project Management in 2009. The programme encompasses project planning, management and control, project financial management and human resources management. To date, 85 professionals have been trained. In 2012, the School further launched the full-time and part-time MSc in International Technology Management that extensively explored how to harness development of enterprises and their businesses by leveraging innovative technologies. Tailored for personnel in the fields of legal, engineering, technology and product design, the programme aims at enhancing the competitive edge of businesses. Some of the studying modules are offered in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys to train up expertise in intellectual property.
 
One of the features of the WMG programmes is that the University of Warwick will send their teaching staff from the UK to deliver the modules of the programmes in Hong Kong. The programmes also provide students with an opportunity to attend one to two modules in campus of the University of Warwick in UK or other WMG partnering universities in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India and Cyprus with no additional tuition fee. The one-year full-time training mode aside, a more flexible 2-to-3-year part-time mode is offered to in-service students. The pedagogical approach consists of face-to-face lectures, exchanges with industry veterans and case studies that combines theory and practice. A Full Tuition Fee Scholarship is also offered for applicants from local and overseas universities who have obtained first-class honours degrees, or who have accomplished recognised outstanding achievements in their professions.
 
To provide a more diversified choice for further study, the WMG School for Professional Development plans to offer another master’s degree programme in Service Management and Design. It emphasizes the professional areas of systems, processes, technology design and management and assists students to enhance their knowledge in the areas, which in turn enhance their competitiveness.

Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTCis the largest vocational education, training and professional development group in Hong Kong with some 250,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide valued supports to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions including the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) , the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) , the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPEthe Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre (HITDC) , Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College ,Pro-Act by VTC Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk

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Graduates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand were awarded Master’s degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate qualifications
Graduates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand were awarded Master’s degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate qualifications
Graduates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand were awarded Master’s degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate qualifications
Graduates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand were awarded Master’s degree, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate qualifications
Officiating guests included Mr Robert NESS, Director of British Council Hong Kong (centre), VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN (fifth from right), Professor Amanda DOWD, Academic Director of Graduate Studies, WMG of the University of Warwick (fourth from right), VTC Deputy Chairman-cum-Chairman of WMG School for Professional Development Office Steering Group Prof Roy CHUNG (fifth from left) and VTC Executive Director Dr Carrie YAU (fourth from left)
Officiating guests included Mr Robert NESS, Director of British Council Hong Kong (centre), VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN (fifth from right), Professor Amanda DOWD, Academic Director of Graduate Studies, WMG of the University of Warwick (fourth from right), VTC Deputy Chairman-cum-Chairman of WMG School for Professional Development Office Steering Group Prof Roy CHUNG (fifth from left) and VTC Executive Director Dr Carrie YAU (fourth from left)