Your host for CETHA 2017 is the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

History at a Glance

The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Extra Mural Studies (DEMS) was established in 1956/57, the first continuing education unit in a university in the region. DEMS played a significant role in the provision of lifelong learning opportunities for the wider community. In 1992, it was renamed as the School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE.). The University has a recognized role in lifelong learning and, as the continuing education arm of the University, HKU SPACE fulfills this part of the University’s mission by providing learning opportunities for personal, professional and career advancement for people from all walks of life.


Globally, e-learning is now widely used in school education, higher education and professional development. With increasing sophistication of the Internet and related technologies, the use of e-learning in all these contexts is expected to expand even more rapidly in the years ahead. HKU SPACE strives to enhance access to education for career advancement and personal development and believes that appropriate use of e-learning has the potential to improve learning opportunities to learners, and the quality of instruction.

The School further believes that e-learning will empower and equip learners to experience high quality education with greater flexibility and effectiveness.  However, it does not mean e-learning and traditional face-to-face teaching and learning are mutually exclusive.  In fact, it is generally recognized that pedagogically, a blended approach of an appropriate mix of both seems most effective.  Therefore, to achieve optimal effectiveness in teaching, programmes with different design and aims will require different e-learning support by making use of a combination of the e-learning tools available.

Quick Fact

Number of Campuses/ Learning Centres: 8
Number of classrooms and
computer laboratories
Gross covered floor area
(excluding office space)
539,000 sq.ft.
Course enrollments: 2.62 million and counting
Total courses in 2015/16: 1,581
Staff: 900 full-time staff and 1,800+ part-time teachers

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