The Institute began to establish its strength in course design and media production as soon as the first batch of courses was launched. Teams of course authors, editors, instructional designers, audiovisual specialists, and technology experts worked hand in hand to develop original academic programmes which suited the Hong Kong context. Priority was given to the introduction of Chinese-medium courses, as well as programmes leading to local professional certification; and, before long, postgraduate programmes at master’s and doctoral levels were made available.

While creating and refining its academic courses, a Research and Development Fund was established in 1993 to encourage staff to pursue academic research as a way to stay current and inform the quality of their course offerings.

Building Up Capacity and Expertise