Life-long learning? Not if it takes an age to complete
I am a student on a diploma programme in Translation Studies offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) at the University of Hong Kong. The programme is in three parts, the second part of which I finished in November. Last month I received a letter from SPACE informing me that part three of the programme had been deferred, probably until spring next year. It had been due to commence this April. SPACE claimed that the decision was due to unsatisfactory enrolment for part two of the programme. I find this reason unacceptable and unreasonable as I believe their inability to make a good profit was the main reason behind the move.
This has completely interrupted my study plan. I would not have enrolled in this programme had I known there was a chance that any part would be deferred - let alone for a year or more. The Government has always encouraged people to continue education in order to stay competitive and enhance their job opportunities. It is ironic that SPACE, in its prospectus, claims to be fully in support of the Government's vision. 'We provide lifelong learning opportunities' has always been their slogan. To me, this seems to mean that I have to spend a whole lifetime trying to finish a single academic programme.