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    09 Dec 2016

    THEi confers bachelor's degrees on its first cohort of over 300 graduates
    THEi confers bachelor's degrees on its first cohort of over 300 graduates
    THEi confers bachelor's degrees on its first cohort of over 300 graduates

    THEi confers bachelor's degrees on its first cohort of over 300 graduates

    THEi held its first ever graduation ceremony today (9 December) conferring degrees on some 330 graduates.
    THEi held its first ever graduation ceremony today (9 December) conferring degrees on some 330 graduates.
    Dr Roy CHUNG, Chairman of the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education, officiated at the first THEi graduation ceremony, adding another layer of meaning to the occasion.
    Dr Roy CHUNG, Chairman of the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education, officiated at the first THEi graduation ceremony, adding another layer of meaning to the occasion.
    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN presented degrees to the graduates, noting that THEi has shown amazing growth in the five years since its inception, currently offering 19 programmes for secondary school graduates.
    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN presented degrees to the graduates, noting that THEi has shown amazing growth in the five years since its inception, currently offering 19 programmes for secondary school graduates.
    The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), held its first ever graduation ceremony today (9 December), conferring bachelor's degrees on some 330 graduates.

    Officiating at the inaugural THEi graduation ceremony was Dr Roy CHUNG Chi-ping, Chairman of the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education. He told the audience that the government actively promoted vocational education, which played an important role in providing an articulation pathway for the young, and in integrating education and employment to support Hong Kong’s development. “Today, we witness a milestone for THEi and you, its first group of work-ready graduands,” Dr Chung said. “With the values, knowledge and skills you now have, you are ready to begin the next stage of your life, to open new possibilities in your future, and to contribute to society.”

    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, who presented the graduates with their degrees, noted in his welcome address that “In 2012, in response to society’s need for professionals with higher skills, the VTC set up THEi to extend vocational and professional education and training to degree level. THEi started with six vocationally-oriented degree programmes and 330-odd students. Today, in only our fifth year of operation, we have 19 programmes and over 3,000 students, a truly amazing rate of growth.” Dr Chen added that under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors launched by the Government, or SSSDP for short, 310 places in seven of THEi’s programmes were in the SSSDP. This was the largest number of progammes given to any self-financing higher education institution, a clear ‘vote of confidence’ on THEi’s position and ‘real world’ focus.

    The 330 graduates conferred with THEi degrees today come from six programmes, namely Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Advertising, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Sports and Recreation Management, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Environmental Engineering and Management. Most of the graduates are about to enter the workforce to contribute to society, demonstrating the effectiveness of vocational and professional education and training (VPET). Many parents of the graduates, industry representatives and THEi staff attended the ceremony to share the happiness of the graduates.

    The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member of the VTC Group. It offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes across three faculties: Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology. The programmes are offered in areas where the VTC has strengths, and which are growth industries not only in Hong Kong but also across the region. They feature the synthesis of knowledge acquisition and practical applications that enable students to grow into professionally-competent graduates. With its strong links with industry partners, THEi provides students with a vital platform for enhanced development.
    Website: www.thei.edu.hk

    Media enquiries: 2836 1046


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