More than 2,000 people took advantage as City University of Hong Kong (CityU) threw open its doors to advertise courses. CityU put 13 higher diploma programmes and one diploma course under the spotlight at a special open day. The courses were run by the departments of Commerce, Language Studies, Social Studies, Building Science and Technology and Computer Studies. Representatives from the departments were on hand to give details on programmes, enrolment and graduate opportunities. There were also exhibitions, information booths, videos and campus tours. CityU ran higher vocational studies to meet the needs of students and employers, Kevin Manuel from the Department of Building Science and Technology said. 'The purpose of this day is to promote CityU to secondary school pupils and others who might be interested in our programmes,' Mr Manuel said. Ellen Lee Hat-lan, a senior lecturer in Building Science and Technology, said the department had four disciplines, each with its own objectives. 'The higher diploma in Architectural Studies prepares students in building design and the administration of building contracts, while the higher diploma in Building Construction equips them with knowledge of the design process and on-site production,' Ms Lee said. The Building Services Engineering higher diploma gave students a theoretical and practical education, as did a diploma in Surveying. 'The target students must have a practical mind and interest in building and technology,' she added. A senior lecturer from the Department of Social Studies, Fung Wai-wah, said the Social Work diploma programme provided a professional training which would allow graduates to work in a variety of services. Donald Wong Man-kung from the Department of Computer Studies said the higher diploma course allowed students room to adapt to technological developments. 'It is a comprehensive and versatile course. It's vocational,' Mr Wong said. A total of 2,183 students have enrolled for CityU's higher diploma or diploma programmes this academic year, of which 1,549 are studying full-time.