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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Caritas Institute gets university title

The Education Bureau announced that subsequent to the Chief Executive-in-Council's approval today, Permanent Secretary for Education approved the change of name of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education (CIHE) to "Saint Francis University" in accordance with the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance.


Congratulating the institution, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin said the granting of a university title not only represents a milestone for CIHE but also bears testimony to the Government’s commitment to the parallel development of publicly funded and self-financing post-secondary education to provide youngsters with quality, flexible and diversified study pathways.


“I trust the self-financing post-secondary sector would continue to play a pivotal role in nurturing talent to support Hong Kong's manpower needs and its further development into an international hub for post-secondary education," she added.


CIHE is the fourth self-financing post-secondary education institution granted a university title. In line with the revised roadmap for post-secondary colleges to become private universities as published in 2015, the Government has taken relevant factors into account for granting CIHE a university title.


These factors include: the institute’s breadth of programmes, research capability, size and scale as well as its governance and management, financial sustainability, academic environment and quality assurance.


To assess its readiness to become a private university, CIHE invited the Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (CAAVQ) to undertake an institutional review in 2022. The council concluded that it met the standards expected of a private university.


In the 2023-24 academic year, CIHE operated 13 self-financing locally accredited post-secondary programmes, comprising 12 bachelor's degree programmes and one master's degree programme with about 3,000 full-time and 500 part-time students.


CIHE will be required to submit a progress report together with an audited financial report to the Education Bureau annually to ensure its teaching quality and financial sustainability.


The bureau has commissioned the CAAVQ to review the reports and provide it with independent expert advice.

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