University Retitling
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University Retitling: FAQ




1. Why is Retitling necessary? (in Chinese)

2. What is the consultation process? (in Chinese)

3. What is the process for nomination of new titles? (in Chinese)

4. How to select the new title? (in Chinese)

5. What are the characteristics of the new title? (in Chinese)

6. When will the new title take effect? (in Chinese)

After 30 years of rapid development, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has gone through remarkable changes. A recent review indicates that the University needs a more appropriate title to better reflect its current status, focuses and strengths, and to facilitate its further development.


OUHK – First Decade (1989-2000)

Pioneering Open and Distance Education

OUHK, formerly the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong, was established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989 with a mission to offer open and distance education, primarily to cater for the educational needs of the society at that time. University title was attained in 1997.

OUHK – Second Decade (2001-2010)

Venturing into Full-time Education

In line with Hong Kong Government’s education reform, OUHK began development of full-time programmes with formal academic qualification entry requirements:

  • 2001 – Launched full-time Associate Degree programmes
  • 2003 – Launched full-time Degree programmes
  • 2007– Joined JUPAS (Joint University Programmes Admissions System) for student admission together with 8 UGC institutions

OUHK – Third Decade (2011-Now)

A Full-fledged University

6 schools

3 campuses +

2 learning centres

practical and professional programmes of multi disciplines

part-time students


full-time students

rank 6th in HK in terms of full-time undergraduate enrolment
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Despite the transformation, many people still perceive OUHK as a purely distance education institution, partly because of our success in offering such programmes in the earlier years, and partly because of the title of “Open University”, which places us in the generic category of universities established for offering open access education normally through distance delivery mode. This has posed challenges and hindered further development of the University and its graduates.


In 2019, the University decided to explore this important issue of retitling. A series of consultations with students, alumni, staff members and others were conducted in 2019 and early 2020. Views collected in the various consultations are mostly supportive of a change of the University title to better reflect our unique characteristics and strategic focuses and to further the University’s development in the years ahead.


Over the years, the University has been committed to advancing learning, knowledge, and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and offering innovative, practical and professional programmes to meet the changing needs of Hong Kong.

Examples of OUHK’s signature programmes with a practical and professional focus:


The OUHK also uses innovative teaching and education technology to offer quality education. Examples include:


To chart the course for future development, the University has prepared the Strategic Plan (2019-2023) with the following strategic focuses:


In July 2020, the Selection Committee on University Title” was set up by the Council of the University with the mandate to identify an appropriate title for the University. The Selection Committee comprises representatives of the Council, Court, staff, students and alumni.

To facilitate the selection process and to invite suitable suggestions, all members of the OUHK community and the public have been invited to submit nominations for a new university title during the period from 23 August to 30 September 2020.

Criteria for title nominations

In response to the University’s invitation, over 1,100 nominations have been received by the end of the nomination period. The University expresses its sincere thanks to the OUHK community and the public for their support and active participation.  The distribution of participation is as follows:


The Selection Committee considered the titles received in the nomination exercise carefully in several rounds of discussion, meetings and shortlisting:

(a) After considering the full list of nominated titles, Selection Committee members formulated a long shortlist of 51 entries.

(b) With a view to narrowing down the shortlist for more focused deliberation, members made further selection of 26 titles from the long shortlist, forming the second shortlist of nominated titles.

(c) After detailed deliberation and further shortlisting, a third (and final) shortlist of 16 proposed university titles was adopted.

(d) The Selection Committee considered the final shortlist of titles carefully. The merits and drawbacks of the various titles were examined. After thorough and in-depth deliberation, the Selection Committee finally agreed to recommend the title of “Hong Kong Metropolitan University” to the Council. The selected title was sent to language consultants for comment, and the consultants found it suitable linguistically.

Over 1,100 nominations received
First shortlist of 51 titles
Second shortlist of 26 titles
Third shortlist of 16 titles
Council approved the new title

Hong Kong Metropolitan University

The Selection Committee felt that the new title can reflect the followings:

  • The University is located in the vibrant metropolitan city of Hong Kong. The title carries the concept of the University being an integral part of an advancing metropolis and contributing to the vibrancy and innovation of the city.
  • The students of the University come from diverse backgrounds with different aspirations. As a full-fledged university, our programmes cover a wide variety of disciplines, including Arts, Science, Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and Education, in different modes of study, including full-time and open learning. The title embraces diversity in the metropolis, which fits the present status and strategic goals of the University.
  • The title conveys the idea that our teaching and research are modern and forward-looking, and address the contemporary needs of the city and neighbouring regions.
  • The title is neutral in academic inclination and facilitates the University to develop into new areas that meet the changing learning aspiration and talent needs of the society.
Nominators’ views and comments

The Council of the University approved this new title at its meeting of 10 December 2020. The process of amending the ordinance governing the University will then be started and formal approval from the Legislative Council will be sought.

Presentation File on selection of University Title