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The new Town Centre of the Department of Extra-Mural Studies established
The Department of Extra Mural Studies of HKU is established

Your Department [of Extra-Mural Studies], which was instituted by the Court yesterday, is the most important of all our departments as far as public relations are concerned. Planned aright and if given full scope, your work will touch every section of the community, every stratum of our society; it is the most important means of explaining or making available to the masses the knowledge accumulated by the few.

A congratulatory message delivered by Sir Lindsay Ride, the Vice-Chancellor of HKU, dated 22 May1957

Renamed “The School of Professional and Continuing Education” (HKU SPACE)

The restructuring of the Department of Extra-mural Studies into the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) in January 1992 not only involved a change of name and structure, but also marked a significant transformation in the School’s status and identity both with the University and wider society. 

Its enhanced status as a “School” within the University, has placed SPACE in a better position to proceed with its academic development. 

Self-financed status commenced

In the 1990s the School was granted financial autonomy and a corporate status so that it could plan its activities with greater flexibility and respond to the continuing and professional education market in more flexible, prompt and pro-active ways.

Chinese Medicine Clinic established

The Division of Chinese Medicine in our Kowloon West Campus was equipped with specialised reading rooms, a specimen laboratory and general laboratory to better support the teaching staff. 

Our Chinese Medicine Clinics and Pharmacies at Admiralty and the Mei Foo Learning Centres serve primarily as clinical training centres for our Chinese Medicine trainee sessions and also provide general and specialist consultations for the public to support our educational programmes.

Incorporated as a non-profit making University company limited by guarantee

One advantage is that such a structure clearly differentiates our activities from public funding.
 A corporate structure will allow the University to provide for more flexible and appropriate rules and procedures not open to the University as a publicly funded institution

A proposal for incorporation to the University Council in 1999

As the School was a non-profit organisation for educational purposes, the normal status of a “limited company” was not considered appropriate for the new entity. HKU SPACE was therefore re-formed as a “company limited by guarantee”. 

HKU SPACE Community College established

Community College was the first college of its kind in Hong Kong, and is now regarded as a premier educational institution offering a comprehensive range of award-bearing programmes leading to sub-degree awards including Associate Degrees and Higher Diplomas in many subjects.

Successful completion of any academic programme offered by the CC leads to an award within the University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE. 

The college’s high-calibre programmes are designed to align with the overall university curriculum with the aim of providing students with additional pathways to enter university degree studies as well as to prepare them for specific professions.

The International College established

The International College (formerly known as Centre for Degree Programmes) currently offers full-time undergraduate programmes of between 8 and 24 months, in  the arts, media, language and culture, social sciences, art and design, accounting, business, marketing, tourism, hospitality and event management, sport management and coaching, information technology and engineering. All programmes are delivered in collaboration with public universities in the UK and Australia.  

As the demand for postgraduate qualifications is on the rise in Hong Kong, the IC also offers a full-time postgraduate diploma in media and cultural critique catering to the needs of degree holders.


HKU SPACE ALUMNI is inaugurated to build active and lifelong relationships amongst alumni members, and between the School and the ALUMNI.

HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) founded

HPSHCC is a joint venture with a leading charitable association, the Po Leung Kuk. 

In appreciation of a generous donation received from businessman and philanthropist Dr Stanley Ho, the College was officially renamed the "HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC)" in 2015.

The Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes offered by HPSHCC are planned and accredited by HKU SPACE in accordance with its stringent quality assurance processes. Successful completion of any programme offered by the College leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong (HKU) system through HKU SPACE.

Collegiate structure established

The School has a collegiate structure, established in 2007. 
The colleges collegiate:
The HKU SPACE Community College
The HPSHCC Community College
The College of Business and Finance
The College of Humanities and Law
The College of Life Science and Technology (incorporate with the Division of Chinese Medicine)
International College

The Institute for China Business established

The ICB is positioned as an innovative School of Business and Management with particular specialties.

In contrast to traditional business schools, the ICB adopts a holistic approach to professional and executive education, and advocates an innovative teaching methodology and proactive learning based on a unique 4P model. This places emphasis on being Professional, Prospective, Practical and Problem-solving.

The mission of the ICB is to help create and grow business talent with world-class leadership and management skills in Mainland China. Future corporate leaders will be equipped with cutting-edge knowledge, an international perspective, and an open mindset through a diverse range of professional and senior-executive programmes.