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 recognised role in lifelong learning and, as the continuing education arm of the University; HKU SPACE fulfils this part of the University’s mission by providing learning opportunities for personal, professional and career advancement for people from all backgrounds.
HKU SPACE is the leading local provider in continuing education and employs over 1,000 full-time staff members and approximately 2,100 part-time teachers. Course enrolments since 1956 have exceeded two million, with annual course enrolment close to 90,000. In 2018/19, the total enrolment of the School is 22,514. The School collaborates closely with the other faculties and departments of the University to offer timely and relevant courses that meet society’s needs to update education and skills for the knowledge economy.
The College of Humanities and Law is characterised by the diversity of its subject disciplines and the breadth of its course provision. It offers full-time and part-time courses at various QF levels in the areas of architectural studies, transport and built environment, social sciences, oriental studies, law, as well as culture, arts, and design. The college already houses two University of the Arts London (UAL) MA courses in the areas of Art and Cultural Enterprise and Media, Communications and Critical Practice as well as one BA course in the area of Contemporary Media Cultures. The MA in Design Management course can be seen as the latest joint effort between UAL and HKU SPACE to contribute to the growing creative economy in Hong Kong.