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HKIEd Opens Undergraduate Modules for Elderly

More learning opportunities in university will be offered to elderly people as The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) opens a series of undergraduate courses for elderly enrollment in the new academic year.

HKIEd will offer a total of 12 undergraduate modules for students aged 60 or above through its Elder Academy. Subject areas covered include teacher education, the legal system, philosophy, personal development and Cantonese opera.

“The offerings will promote continuous learning among the elderly while fostering inter-generational harmony by encouraging interaction between our young students and elderly people,” said Professor Rupert Maclean, Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development (CLLRD) of the HKIEd. “The modules allow elderly students to acquire new knowledge and insights at an affordable cost.”

Each module is offered for elderly students at a tuition fee of HK$200. Elderly learners will enroll in the modules as auditing students who are not required to take part in any assessed work. A learning certificate will be issued upon completion of the module.

Admission to the undergraduate modules will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis as places in each module are limited. Application deadline is 20 August 2009.

Professor Maclean added: “As the largest teacher education provider in Hong Kong, the HKIEd has been playing a special role in education and learning through the Elder Academy and CLLRD. Apart from various programme offerings, the HKIEd also organises research development projects in elderly education and learning, tutor training projects, and various public seminars to enhance public awareness and understanding.”

In addition, the HKIEd Elder Academy plans to offer a new Master of Arts in lifelong and elderly education next year.

The Academy was established in 2008 under the Elder Academy Scheme launched by the Labour and Welfare Bureau and the Elderly Commission, to promote quality life of the elderly population.

Details of the undergraduate modules and other programmes for elderly are available at the HKIEd Elder Academy’s website:

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