Hong Kong Housing Society Academy
While providing housing for the people of Hong Kong, the Housing Society also strives to promote quality construction and property management services. The Hong Kong Housing Society Academy (HS Academy) was established in 2005 for the purpose of promoting professional development in housing and related services through academic exchanges, student internships, scholarships, bursaries and sponsorships of professional researches. The HS Academy also facilitates professional and academic exchanges between the Mainland and Hong Kong.
Since its inception, the HS Academy has worked diligently to promote academic development and raise professional standards. In promoting academic exchanges, the Housing Society collaborated with 24 tertiary institutions, including all the universities and schools of continuing education in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) and reputable universities in China, namely Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and Tongji University to jointly organise courses, workshops, internship programmes and seminars, etc. The HS Academy also sets aside HK$500,000 scholarships and bursaries to outstanding students from local institutions each year.
The HS Academy also helps promote professional development by sponsoring professional research projects and seminars related to housing, urban planning, environmental protection, property management and urban renewal. In 2005, the HS Academy, in collaboration with the China Architecture and Building Press and China Association of Construction Education, launched the Quality Field Practices video series on the Mainland to promote good practices in construction projects. In 2009, the HS Academy cooperated with the China Architecture and Building Press again to publish the Mainland edition of “Universal Design Guidebook for Residential Development in Hong Kong”.
In 2012, the HS Academy compiled a Liberal Studies Teaching Kit, titled “The Changing Housing Needs”, for the new senior secondary curriculum in Liberal Studies. The Teaching Kit is distributed to the local secondary schools as practical supplementary teaching materials for the teachers to enhance the understanding of the work of the Housing Society among the young generation.