The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), provides degree programmes that are vocationally and professionally oriented. It provides a seamless VPET progression pathway from diploma to degree levels for the younger generation, and cultivates skilled and work-ready talent for society. The Opening Ceremony of THEi Chai Wan Campus held today (18 April) was officiated by HKSAR Chief Executive Mrs Carrie LAM, witnessing the milestone development in vocational and professional education and training (VPET).
Mrs Lam toured a number of specialised teaching facilities of THEi, including Fashion Design Studio and the Learning Commons. Mrs Lam met and talked with THEi students and graduates and viewed the outstanding entries of students in open competitions to understand how VPET unleashed the potential of young people in the pursuit of a professional career. Mrs Lam also learned more about the development of VPET degree programmes during the tour.
At the Opening Ceremony, Mrs Lam said, “The opening of this Chai Wan Campus showcases our Government's ardent support of vocational and professional education and training (VPET) institutions. Beyond the subvented programmes provided by the Vocational Training Council, we have, in recent years, promoted self-financing institutions, including THEi, through a variety of initiatives that enable their development and provision of quality programmes. “
Mrs Lam also said that the Government is no less committed to VPET in higher education to ensuring that our young people can choose from multiple pathways in gaining the education they need for the future they want. VPET is central to those options, not only because of its focus on technical education and practical training.Equally essential is VPET's whole-person development, the IT expertise and innovation it delivers and the soft skills and international exposure it imparts.
On the same occasion, VTC Chairman Dr Roy CHUNG said, “This newly completed Chai Wan Campus offers an innovative and sustainable learning environment for 21st Century professional training in the areas of design and environment, as well as management and hospitality. Together with the Tsing Yi Campus which focuses on engineering and science programmes, the dual-campus setting of THEi provides most up-to-date teaching and learning facilities to produce work-ready graduates. ” Dr Chung also said THEi started off with some 200 students and in a few years’ time, the student population has grown to over 3,000 and the work-readiness of THEi’s graduates is testified by an impressive employment rate of 95%.
The brand new THEi Chai Wan Campus commenced operations by phases last year. The twin-tower environmentally-friendly architecture has received a string of accolades, which include the internationally-recognised 2018 Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets (Sustainability Project Award) and the Green Building Award 2014 (New Buildings Category - Building Projects under Design). The architecture was also granted the Provisional Platinum rating by the Hong Kong Green Building Council.
Furnished with state-of-the-art and modernised facilities, the campus provides an interactive learning environment. The facilities and laboratories include those tailored for the horticulture and landscape architecture programmes, the Green House, the Sports Biomechanics Laboratory, Fashion Design Studio, Training Restaurant “Spring”, Chinese and Western Kitchens, the interactive Learning Commons, and an exhibition hall equipped with a 20m long Multi-touch Video Wall. All these fixtures are established to cater for the learning needs of students studying different programmes in varied specialisms.
THEi has in place the Tsing Yi Campus and the Chai Wan Campus covering three faculties namely Faculty of Design and Environment, Faulty of Management and Hospitality, and the Faculty of Science and Technology.
In academic year 2019/20, THEi will offer over 20 degree programmes. Among them, 12 will be covered by the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP), in areas of Fashion Design, Product Design, Landscape Architecture, Culinary Arts and Management, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Management, Horticulture and Landscape Management, Surveying, Sports and Recreation Management, Building Services Engineering, Multimedia Technology and Innovation, and Information and Communications Technology. To nurture skilled and work-ready talent, THEi arranges up to 480-hour work-integrated learning for students.
Separately THEi hosted the first International Conference on Applied Education, Technology and Innovation (THEi AETI 2019) for three consecutive days starting 16 April (Tuesday), where Chairman of the University Grants Committee Carlson TONG delivered the Opening Address. Academics from countries including the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Canada, and Singapore gathered together to explore and exchange insights on topics like Industry 4.0, Education 4.0, future skills and workforce.
Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. 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 support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely 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 (SHAPE), the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) , the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , the Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI) , the International Culinary Institute (ICI) , the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , the Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and the Shine Skills Centre.
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An Overview on THEi Chai Wan Campus
||Twin-tower building Sustainability features:
- Adopting an energy saving approach in overall building design, including the use of energy efficient ACMV (air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation) system, heat recovery setup, energy demand control system, solar heated water, integrated energy efficient lighting, lift and escalators;
- Use of water-efficient landscaping and irrigation, and rainwater collection system to facilitate the recycling of water and water conservation;
- Environmentally orientated building and design through the use of recycled materials and sustainable timber.
||Specialised facilities and laboratories include those tailored for the horticulture and landscape architecture programmes, the Green House, the Sports Biomechanics Laboratory, Fashion Design Studio, Training Restaurant “Spring”, Chinese and Western Cuisine Kitchens, the interactive Learning Commons, and an exhibition hall equipped with a 20-m long Multi-touch Video Wall.
||Around 3,000 students studying degree programmes.
|Faculties and Programmes:
The Chai Wan Campus offers degree programmes covering areas in design, horticulture and landscape management, landscape architecture, professional accounting, hotel operations management and sports and recreation management, operated by the Faculty of Design and Environment, and Faculty of Management and Hospitality.
Remark: Tsing Yi campus mainly offers degree programmes covering areas in construction technology and engineering operated by the Faculty of Science and Technology.