Tycoon's $22m for new VTC residential centre

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 May, 1997, 12:00am

Work has started on a residential centre for the Vocational Training Council (VTC). The new building will house teachers who visit from overseas.

It is being funded by a $22 million donation from businessman Dr Henry Fok Ying-tung.

The four-storey hall, on a 1,000-square-metre site south of the VTC's Hong Kong Technical College at Tsing Yi, will facilitate exchange trips of delegations from the VTC and from abroad, including the mainland.

A VTC spokesman said that for the past 10 years the council had put effort into establishing links with vocational education establishments in China.

Study groups often travel to China and the VTC here receives guests from the mainland and from further afield.

'The advantage of having a residential hall is that visitors can be attached to the council's institutions for an appropriate period to foster in-depth sharing of ideas and learning from each other,' said a VTC spokesman.

The 44-room facility will be named after Dr Fok and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.