Abintegro and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) were delighted to announce a pioneering partnership in Asia by launching the Career SPACE to develop the employability of their students, in conjunction with Higher Education consultancy LanHai Career Management.
HKU SPACE students will now be able to develop employability attributes in real-time on the interactive Career SPACE platform powered by Abintegro, following structured programmes of activity mapped to a professional careers model, and measure the impact. This best suits the needs of the diversity of students at HKU SPACE ranging from community college students who look for their first internship to adult learners who are in the middle of career change.
Professor William K.M. Lee, Director of HKU SPACE said:
“Since its establishment over half a century ago, the School has assumed a leading role in the field of continuing education. We strive not only to fulfil the mission of HKU in extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community, but also care about student personal enrichment and career advancement. To enhance student employability and help them succeed in their careers, we are glad to cooperate with Abintegro to provide interactive career services to our students and also our alumni.”
It is the first time for a continuing education institution in Asia to collaborate with Abintegro. This also marks an important step in the student support services of HKU SPACE.
“This is a unique partnership,” said David Heard, Commercial Director at Abintegro. “Whilst Abintegro works with 100s of leading universities and business schools worldwide to develop and measure the employability of their students, the collaboration with Lanhai Career Management means for the first time we have trained careers consultants following a recognised career model working on the implementation”.
Lanhai have worked across many institutions implementing the Abintegro platform, using a proven methodology for developing graduate attributes and driving large-scale student engagement in employability.
HKU SPACE will now be able to provide readily accessible career service to its students through the online Career SPACE platform, accommodating their lifelong career needs.
About HKU SPACE
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 and in 1992, it was renamed as the School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE). HKU SPACE fulfils this part of the University’s mission by providing learning opportunities for personal, professional and career advancement for people from all walks of life. Course enrolments since 1956 have exceeded 2.79 million.
The School has a Collegiate organisation. The wide range of part-time courses offered at all academic levels are organised under 60 subject groups allocated among the three Colleges: Business and Finance (CBF), Humanities and Law (CHL) and Life Sciences and Technology (CLST), the latter includes the Division of Chinese Medicine. These three colleges also offer full-time overseas degree courses. The Community College (CC) is responsible for full-time sub-degree courses. The Institute for China Business (ICB) has four centres through which it coordinates the School’s programmes offered in Mainland China. The HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) is a joint venture with a leading charitable association, Po Leung Kuk. All the Colleges offer award bearing programmes as well as non-award bearing programmes (including Executive Certificates and Diplomas). The HKU SPACE Executive Academy (SEA) focuses on Executive Education.