Caritas Institute of Higher Education (Chinese: 明愛專上學院) (formerly known as Caritas Francis Hsu College; 明愛徐誠斌學院) is a post-secondary college in Hong Kong established by Caritas Hong Kong in 1985. Until 2011, the College was registered under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap 320) and granted degree-conferring status. It was then renamed to Caritas Institute of Higher Education as an institution authorised to issue academic awards up to academic degree level.
The institute is currently offering bachelor's degree programmes, higher diploma programmes and diploma programmes. The Institute is focused on providing study programmes for those who have fewer opportunities to pursue post-secondary education, as well as those who wish to continue their personal and professional development at any stage of their lives.
In the future, the Institute anticipates strengthening its academic structure and rigour and future plans involve forming a constituent college within the planned Saint Francis University.
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Caritas Francis Hsu College was founded in 1985. In its initial operation, the College offered advanced level courses and two-year diploma programmes in Accounting, Management and Computing.
In 1990, The College was approved by the Hong Kong Government to offer post-secondary education programmes, including three-year Professional Diploma programmes, in the discipline of Accounting Studies, Company Secretaryship and Administration, Computing Studies, and Translation and Interpretation.
In 1998, The four programmes were subsequently modified to become the four-year-Higher Diploma programmes.
In 2001, The institute was accorded the registration status as an Approved Post Secondary College.
In 2002, All higher diploma programmes and associate degree programmes were validated and accredited by the HKCAAVQ and were recognized by HKSAR government, professional associations as well as local and overseas higher education institutions.
In 2008, all higher diploma programmes and associate degree programmes were re-validated by the HKCAAVQ.
In 2011, the College registered under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap 320) and granted the degree-conferring status. It was then renamed as Caritas Institute of Higher Education. It started to offer bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration.
In 2012, the Institute was granted a 7,500 square metre site in Tseung Kwan O New Town, near Tiu Keng Leng Station, to build campus to expand the sector. The Institute aims to be the first Catholic University in Hong Kong.
School of Business and Hospitality Management5-year local bachelor's degree programme
Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
4-year local bachelor's degree programme
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Accountancy
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Corporate Management
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Hotel Management
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Information Systems
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Marketing and Event Management
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) (BBA) in Tourism Management
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Community Studies
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Psychology
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Liberal Studies - Bilingual Studies
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Liberal Studies - Chinese and Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Language and Liberal Studies - English and Communication
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Digital Entertainment
2-year higher diploma programme
Higher Diploma in Accounting Studies
Higher Diploma in Computing Studies
Higher Diploma in Corporate Management
Higher Diploma in Human Services
Higher Diploma in Social Work
Higher Diploma in Translation and Interpreting
1-year diploma programme
Diploma in General Studies
The Library houses an extensive collection of books, journals, reference materials and audiovisual materials. The Library also subscribes to a number of full-text and bibliographic databases.
The Language Centre offers flexible ways for students to increase their language proficiency. The Centre organizes Language Enhancement Courses/Activities on a regular basis. The Centre contains self-access learning materials in English, Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese) and Japanese at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.
The Information Technology Services Centre develops and provides computing support and applications for both teachers and students, Self-access computer laboratories are available.
Recreational facilities include basket court, badminton court, Student Common Room, activity room, etc.
School of Computing and Information Sciences
School of Humanities and Languages
School of Health Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Remarks: Some facilities are shared with Caritas Bianchi College of Careers.
In 2012, Caritas Institute of Higher Education had been granted a 7,500 square metre site in Tseung Kwan O town, near Tiu Keng Leng MTR station to expand the sector. This construction project is expected to be completed in 2016. In the long run, the Institute anticipates strengthening its academic structure and rigour and aims for further development in the direction of a constituent college of a Saint Francis University.