HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
The School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE, formerly known as the Department of Extra Mural Studies, The University of Hong Kong) was established in 1957. Being the first continuing education arm of a university in the region, HKU SPACE aspires to be a world-class centre of excellence for the provision of professional and continuing education in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region.
- Collaborate with the University and other institutions locally and globally in expanding lifelong learning opportunities for personal development, academic progression and professional and career advancement.
- Engage with stakeholders to deliver high quality education and training programmes to meet the needs of society in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region.
- Be a strong advocate of lifelong learning for all to realise an educated citizenry and quality of life.
- Excel in the provision of professional and continuing education in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region.
- Foster strategic partnerships locally and globally to promote international outlook and opportunities.
HKU SPACE has a collegial structure with part-time courses mainly offered through College of Business and Finance, College of Humanities and Law, and College of Life Sciences and Technology. For full-time courses, HKU SPACE Community College offers sub-degree programmes while the International College offers degree programmes in collaboration with renowned overseas universities in the UK, Australia and the USA. The Institute for China Business coordinates the School’s programmes in Mainland China. The HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College is a joint venture with a leading charitable association, Po Leung Kuk.
The School has about 900 full-time staff and around 2,000 part-time teachers. Course enrolments since 1956 have exceeded 2.70 million, with annual course enrolment of over 87,200 in 2017/18, representing a full-time equivalent student load of 18,426.