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    17 Jan 2017

    VTC 35th Anniversary year to set new milestones in vocational and professional education and training
    VTC 35th Anniversary year to set new milestones in vocational and professional education and training
    VTC 35th Anniversary year to set new milestones in vocational and professional education and training
    VTC 35th Anniversary year to set new milestones in vocational and professional education and training

    VTC 35th Anniversary year to set new milestones in vocational and professional education and training

    VTC 35th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony.
From left: VTC Council Members Candy TAM Lai-chuen, Paul CHONG Kin-lit, Advisor of the VTC 35th Anniversary Organising Committee Dr Roy CHUNG Chi-ping, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen, VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, Principal Assistant Secretary (Further Education) of the Education Bureau Pecvin YONG, VTC Council Members Samanta PONG Sum-yee and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU
    VTC 35th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony. From left: VTC Council Members Candy TAM Lai-chuen, Paul CHONG Kin-lit, Advisor of the VTC 35th Anniversary Organising Committee Dr Roy CHUNG Chi-ping, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen, VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, Principal Assistant Secretary (Further Education) of the Education Bureau Pecvin YONG, VTC Council Members Samanta PONG Sum-yee and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU
    Guest-of-Honour, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen, told the guests that since its inception in 1982, the VTC had remained faithful to its commitment to nurture competent and quality individuals for Hong Kong and the Region
    Guest-of-Honour, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen, told the guests that since its inception in 1982, the VTC had remained faithful to its commitment to nurture competent and quality individuals for Hong Kong and the Region
    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN said that the VTC Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) open to VTC full-time degree and higher diploma students would create dynamic communities
    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN said that the VTC Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) open to VTC full-time degree and higher diploma students would create dynamic communities
    The VTC Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) were formally opened today.  From left: VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU
    The VTC Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) were formally opened today.  From left: VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen and VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU
    To celebrate its 35th Anniversary this year, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) will organise a series of exciting activities to engage industry partners, students, teachers and members of the public. The upcoming celebration programme was unveiled at the VTC 35th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony held at VTC Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) today (17 January). Guest-of-Honour, President of the Legislative Council The Hon Andrew LEUNG Kwan-yuen officiated at the ceremony together with VTC Chairman, Dr Clement CHEN.

    Mr Leung, as the former VTC Chairman, had steered and witnessed the many significant accomplishments of the VTC. He told the guests that since its inception in 1982, the VTC has remained faithful to its commitment to nurture competent and quality individuals for Hong Kong and the Region. Likewise, the government was committed to promoting vocational and professional education and training (VPET) and upward mobility to strengthen Hong Kong's competitiveness globally. In 2015, the Legislative Council unanimously supported the motion on “strengthening vocational education”, to vigorously promote and reinforce vocational education. The Legislative Council also approved a funding for VTC to implement a Pilot Subsidy Scheme for students of professional part-time courses covering programmes in maritime, engineering and construction fields, and provided extended funds to support VTC Earn and Learn Scheme, benefitting 4,000 students in total since its launch. Mr Leung continued to say, “I am encouraged by VTC’s dedicated effort and confident that it will not only take the development of VPET to the next level but also produce more talented professionals and create greater value for the betterment of Hong Kong.”

    VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN addressed the audience in his welcome speech, saying that the 35th Anniversary of the VTC marked yet an important milestone in the growth of the VTC by bringing its Halls of Residence (Tsing Yi) into operation at the start of academic year 2016/17. The Grand Opening of the Halls was held today together with the VTC 35th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony. The VTC is conscious that hall life is an integral part of higher education and providing students with an enriching cultural exchange experiences is always VTC’s top priority. The VTC is committed to enhancing the whole-person development and learning experiences of its students.

    Dr Chen added, “This new VTC Tsing Yi Halls of Residence is indeed part of our ongoing commitment to provide students with the best possible environment for learning and personal growth. The residence halls which open to VTC full-time degree and higher diploma students, will create dynamic communities.”

    Following the Kick-off Ceremony, the VTC will commence a programme of celebration events running throughout the year. The VTC’s 35th Anniversary theme “Creating Value‧Perfecting Skills” sums up the ongoing mission of the VTC and its 13 member institutions in creating value for all and empowering people through the acquisition and mastery of new skills.

    The series of celebration events includes the Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) International Conference, WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition (WHKC) and Carnival 2017 to be held in June this year. The event has been a designated celebration event for the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR. In addition, the Council will organise a VTC 35th Anniversary Concert, a VTC 35th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Reception and other events to forge closer links with alumni, students, teachers, industry partners and public members, reciprocating the staunch support to VTC across all sectors.

    The VTC will also launch this year brand-new teaching and research facilities to upgrade students’ mastery of professional skills. These facilities include the Centre of Innovative Material and Technology and the Media Lab spearheaded by the Hong Kong Design Institute, the HealthTech Centre and various on-campus STEM Centres. Interested parties are welcome to browse the VTC 35th Anniversary website at www.vtc.edu.hk/35/ for a more detailed understanding of the VTC’s development plans.

    Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong with some 250,000 students and trainees each year. The mission of  the 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. The 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) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) , Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC , Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

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    VTC web site: www.vtc.edu.hk


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