Centennial College formulates 2017-22 strategic development · Plans to launch a new degree and master programme and signs a MoU with Drucker Joint Lab today
Centennial College (The College), an independent College established by The University of Hong Kong (HKU), promotes a liberal arts education and is committed to nurturing the whole persons for the new economy. The College announced today (13 December) its formulation of the 5-year strategic plan, including planning to offer a new Social Sciences degree programme and a master programme in Management and the Liberal Arts, as well as launching of new scholarships scheme up to four years’ full tuition waived.
“The Board of Governors and College Council actively develop the strategic plan in the next 5 years for the College these months. Through promoting the philosophy and employability of a liberal arts education, as well as offering of 4-year scholarships/fee waiver scheme, we aim to provide more opportunities for students to experience the benefits of a liberal arts education, enhancing our brand awareness and reputation gradually which is important for our future development in the long run,” said by Professor Edward Chen, Council Chairman of Centennial College.
Reform academic programmes and launch the new Social Sciences degree programme
The College plans to have an academic reform in 2017-18. It had submitted an application to the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to launch a new Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) programme in 2017-18 to address the need of Hong Kong Community and the wider world’s demand for democratic opinion covering 3 major areas: China and Global Studies, Social Behaviour and Public Policy, as well as Sustainability, Technology and Society.
Also, the existing Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programme will be enhanced to provide more comprehensive Humanities programmes covering 3 major areas: Business Management and the Liberal Arts; Media, Culture and Creativity, as well as Language and Communication. The College will continue to offer a Bachelor of Professional Accounting (Honours) programme with a broad-based liberal arts and professional focus. These two programmes are now under reaccreditation of HKCAAVQ and subject to final approval.
Enhance the development of the School of Management and launch a master programme
The School of Management of Centennial College is currently the only liberal arts management school in Hong Kong which has been established based on the management philosophy of Professor Peter F. Drucker, the “Father of Modern Management”. The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Business Management and the Liberal Arts Major takes a people-centred business management approach as initiated by Peter F. Drucker. The College actively plans to develop a new distinctive master programme in Management and the Liberal Arts in 2018-19 to promote the philosophy of Peter F. Drucker and to enhance the management capability and skills of business executives.
Centennial College and HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) signed today a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Drucker Joint Lab which is jointly established by the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), a renowned liberal arts college with 90 years of history in the United States, as well as the Peter F. Drucker Academy of Hong Kong. Drucker Joint Lab focuses on the research, education and promotion of Management and the Liberal Arts, and will design the curriculum and offer teaching materials for the master programme in Management and the Liberal Arts as well as the executive programmes.
Attending representatives for the MOU include: Professor William K.M. Lee, President of Centennial College; Professor Jenny Darroch, Dean of Drucker School of Management at CGU; Ms Julia Wang, President of Peter F. Drucker Academy of Hong Kong; and Dr John Cribbin, Deputy Director (Academic Services) of HKU SPACE.
Build a closer connection with HKU and continue to offer students access to HKU facilities
The College will continue to build a closer connection with HKU. Nominated students will have the opportunity to be Visiting Students at HKU and take courses in the Faculties of Arts, Education and Science, with plans to expand to other HKU faculties. Students will receive a HKU transcript after completing HKU courses. Credits obtained will be transferred from HKU to the College. The College will consider to arrange some courses to be conducted at the HKU campus in future. Students have access to HKU libraries, Chi Wah Learning Commons and sports facilities to enjoy the academic life at HKU. Privately rented off-campus accommodation facilities managed by HKU are offered to students. The College will actively consider the feasibility of providing more residences to students, e.g. building or renting hostels.
Besides, the College seeks to actively attract more overseas students, from locations such as the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and Russia, to offer a multi-cultural learning environment for students. Students can participate in exchange programmes to study abroad in the United States and Japan to widen their horizons. Student exchange programme partnerships will be extended to at least 8 more countries, such as Australia and the United Kingdom by 2022.
Launch the new 4-year scholarship/fee waiver scheme
The College will launch the 4-year scholarship/fee waiver scheme in 2017-18 with up to four years’ full tuition waived to offer more opportunities for students to experience the benefits of a liberal arts education. To encourage progressive academic achievement, the amount of scholarship/fee waiver in the 3rd and 4th year will be related to the YGPA results.
CENTENNIAL COLLEGE, an independent College established by The University of Hong Kong, is registered under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320). The College offers full-time 4-year Bachelor degree programmes validated by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). The College strives to integrate the liberal arts education philosophy with the practical needs of Hong Kong.
It seeks to integrate diverse disciplines such as the arts, humanities, languages, social sciences and business studies, with a special focus on the Hong Kong context, Chinese culture, and the global roles that China and Asia as a whole will play in the 21st century. The aim is to nurture a new breed of students who will be able to thrive in the vibrant economy of Hong Kong and beyond.
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