Tsing Yi lab gets the nod
A local technical school has received a boost following the official recognition of a laboratory to test construction materials.
The complex at the Department of Construction of Hong Kong Technical College (Tsing Yi) was approved by the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, which recognised its capability to perform specific tests.
The accreditation allows the laboratory to handle construction materials such as reinforcing steel and concrete cubes.
Officiating at the presentation ceremony, Professor Lee Ngok, executive director of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), said the certificate was a recognition of the outstanding achievements of the department's staff. It also showed the laboratory was of a high quality and well-managed by the college.
'It's gratifying to know that my colleagues follow this policy closely and do their best to maintain high academic standards and create a quality learning environment for their students,' Professor Lee said. A laboratory seeking accreditation by the scheme is required to have its testing and measuring equipment regularly calibrated by the Hong Kong Government Standards and Calibration Laboratory.
Before the accreditation, on-site assessment is conducted by staff affiliated to the scheme and by independent technical specialists.
Run by the Industry Department, the scheme is open to all laboratories in the SAR which are seeking to upgrade their facilities.
The standards have been designed to enhance the levels of testing and management at laboratories, to identify and officially recognise their competency, and to promote the acceptance of data submitted by such accredited institutions, both locally and internationally.
Government laboratories, the laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Hong Kong, and the Occupational Hygiene Laboratory of the Labour Department have received accreditation under the scheme.
Law Kwok-sang, head of the Construction Department at Tsing Yi, said the accreditation was one way where the department could directly serve the community.
He said knowledge and experience gained through testing at the laboratory could enrich the content of the existing curriculum for students.
Meanwhile, Professor Lee said the VTC was keen to exchange experiences and expertise in technical education and training with overseas institutions.
'Such collaboration can help us review and improve the existing systems of curriculum planning and professional staff development, academic quality assurance and the application of information technology in teaching and learning,' he said.