Testing and Certification Industry in Hong Kong
In the 2009-10 Policy Address, the Chief Executive accepted the recommendations from the TFEC (Task Force on Economic Challenges) to develop the Six Industries strategically in Hong Kong. The Six Industries are (i) testing and certification, (ii) medical services, (iii) innovation and technology, (iv) cultural and creative industries, (v) environmental industries, and (vi) educational services. The Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification (HKCTC) was established by the Government in September 2009 to drive the development of the Hong Kong’s testing and certification industry. According to the statistics from the HKSAR Government, The direct economic contribution by the Testing and Certification Industries to Hong Kong’s Gross Domestic Product was $6.5 billion in 2014. The number of persons engaged in testing, inspection and certification activities was 17510 in 2014, of which 13520 persons were engaged by private independent establishments. About 5890 (43% of 13520) were professionals and associate professionals whose main duties were to provide testing, inspection and certification services in 2014.
Testing and Certification in OUHK
In response to the HKSAR Government’s policy, the OUHK has started offering a closely-related part-time distance-learning undergraduate degree programme suite (BSc/BSc (Hons) in Product Design, Testing and Certification) and a suite of part-time face-to-face postgraduate programmes (Master of Science, Postgraduate Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate in Testing and Certification) in April 2011 and April 2012 respectively. To turn Hong Kong into a regional testing and certification centre, attracting young professional with high talent and retaining highly skilled practitioners are important. The Testing and Certification Team of the School of Science and Technology launched a four-year full-time face-to-face programme (BEng(Hons) in Testing and Certification, formerly known as BSc(Hons) in Testing and Certification) and 2 two-year top-up full-time face-to-face programmes (BSc(Hons) in Testing Science (Food) and BSc (Hons) in Testing Science (Environmental Protection)) in Autumn 2013 and Autumn 2014 respectively for the Jockey Club Campus which was in use at the end of 2014. In 2017 and 2018, a part-time distance-learning associate degree programme (Associate of Science in Testing and Applied Science) and one more four-year full-time face-to-face undergraduate programme (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Testing Science and Certification) were also offered respectively.
Jockey Club Campus (A New Campus of OUHK)
Together with the “Cultural and Creative Arts” and “Medical Services”, “Testing and Certification” are the three new academic divisions in Jockey Club Campus. The three divisions are expected to be able to enrol a total annual intake of 750 full-time face-toface students, and a total student population of 2,400 at steady state. A range of new full-time academic and supporting staffs will be recruited to support programmes in the new Testing and Certification Division. For more information, please click the link HERE.