The Vocational Training Council (VTC) held its 2020 Graduation Ceremony today (12 December). The Graduation Ceremony for this year was held online in view of the latest development of the pandemic situation. Through the digital platform, families and teachers celebrated with graduates their achievements and hard work. Over 18,000 graduates from different VTC member institutions, including the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), the Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI), the Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI), the International Culinary Institute (ICI), the Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) and Youth College were conferred awards ranging from higher diploma, diploma of foundation studies, diploma of vocational education, diploma to certificate.
Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, Alfred SIT, encouraged VTC graduates in his pre-recorded congratulatory speech for the Ceremony. He stated that although the Year 2020 has been a challenging year, bringing unprecedented challenges to the world as well as Hong Kong, it has also created new opportunities for us to adopt innovation and technology to expedite digital transformation. Under the “new normal”, new thinking, new skills and high levels of professional expertise are necessary to keep our society moving forward. Mr Sit said, “With the improvement and development of society, I encourage all graduates to kindle your imagination and power your creativity to create infinite possibilities for the future and inject new impetus into Hong Kong’s development.”
VTC Chairman Tony TAI, through the online platform, remarked in his speech that industry was transforming fast in the digital era of the 21st century. The pandemic has further intensified the use of technology in every industry and every aspect of life. Mr Tai said, “To keep pace with the development trends, the VTC has also set up advanced teaching and learning facilities, such as the VTC Innovation & Technology Co-creation Centre, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) Innovation and Technology Centre, and the Cybersecurity Centre. These provide students of different disciplines with opportunities to participate in industry collaborative projects to learn mastering technologies and enhance their innovative, problem-solving and collaborative skills, building a strong foundation for the future.” VTC Executive Director Carrie YAU also encouraged the graduates at the Ceremony to put their learning to good use and keep upskilling to pursue their dreams and give back to society.
On 11 and 12 December (Friday and Saturday), the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of VTC, also held its Graduation Ceremony online. Over 1,000 graduates from THEi’s Faculties of Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology were conferred awards including bachelor’s degree, professional diploma and more.
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