2014 HKU SPACE Presentation Ceremony

The recent Presentation Ceremony saw five students graduating with First Class Honours
2014 HKU SPACE Presentation Ceremony
Graduates and dignitaries pictured in the University of Hong Kong's Loke Yew Hall
I picked the course because I was impressed by the reputation of the University of London and the comments that students shared during the Open Day

It's not easy getting a First Class Honours degree from the University of London. But to achieve it in Hong Kong, as five outstanding students of The University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) have just done, proves that - with the right support - it is perfectly possible.

The students were among more than 170 HKU SPACE students who received their University of London degrees at a presentation ceremony held last month at the University of Hong Kong's Loke Yew Hall.

Among the 460 guests attending the ceremony were the Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive of the University of London International Programmes, Dr Mary Stiasny. Both were attending the Hong Kong ceremony for the first time and presented the awards to graduates across 10 subject disciplines.

In his speech, Professor Smith congratulated the graduating students and remarked that their academic success had been made possible by two of the world's great universities - The University of Hong Kong, which operates HKU SPACE, and the 178-year-old University of London.

HKU SPACE has been an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes since 2009 - although its relationship with the University of London dates back to 1956 when it offered Law preparatory courses. This is the highest level of recognition possible and demonstrates the University's confidence in the sustained commitment of HKS SPACE to teaching excellence, student support and first class administration.

Great effort has been made by HKU SPACE to seek government recognition of the programmes. Up to now, seven programmes  - the MBA and MSc in International Management, BSc degrees in Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Business and Management, and Economics and Management, plus the Diploma in Economics - have been successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and appear on the Hong Kong Qualifications Register.

The accreditation means that University of London qualifications are considered equivalent to local qualifications in Hong Kong. So full-time students are eligible to apply for the government's Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASPS) and the Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary students (NLSPS). With this accreditation, the qualifications will be recognised by the government when graduates apply for civil service posts.

"The University of London International Programmes enabled me to get a prestigious qualification in a flexible way. And the cost was much lower than studying overseas."

Receiving her Outstanding Academic Achievement award from Dr Mary Stiasny, Janice Yip, who gained her LLB degree with First Class Honours, said:

"I wanted to study law, but I didn't want to leave my family and friends. The University of London International Programmes enabled me to get a prestigious qualification in a flexible way. And the cost was much lower than studying overseas. The classes offered by HKU SPACE were of a very high quality and stimulating. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it. The LLB degree has enabled me to get a chance in the HKU PCLL, so later I can join the legal profession in Hong Kong."

Annie YuAlso achieving First Class Honours was BSc Banking and Finance graduate Annie Yu, pictured left with LSE's Dr Keith Sharp. Annie commented:

"I picked the course because I was impressed by the reputation of the University of London and the comments that students shared during the Open Day. I found studying with others on the course very helpful and the lecturers really helped me with the academic and mental aspects. After the course, I feel that I think with a different perspective now which is helpful in my daily work."

HKU SPACE is hosting two Open Days for the University of London International Programmes on 26 April and 12 July 2014. Programme Directors and the Admissions Manager from the International Programmes will deliver information seminars and answer any queries. For further information please email londonu@hkuspace.hku.hk or visit the HKU SPACE website.

  • HKU SPACE is an Affiliate Centre for the University of London International Programmes. 
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