The president of the Open University of Hong Kong (OU) has called for more air time on local TV stations for adult education programmes. Professor Tam Sheung-wai urged the Government to review its broadcasting policy and give more support to educational television. 'The Government could make provision for free air time for educational programmes in its revised broadcasting policy in the future,' he said. The World of Learning television programme produced by the university, which is broadcast over four hours on Sunday mornings on ATV, relies on private philanthropic sponsorship. It covers a wide range of topics and aims to supplement students with learning materials and educate the public. Professor Tam said life-long education and especially distance learning were gaining more importance worldwide and should receive better support in the SAR. He was speaking during an open-day ceremony held recently to increase awareness of adult education in Hong Kong. A $4-million audio-visual production studio was officially inaugurated on the campus in Ho Man Tin during the ceremony by the Secretary for Education and Manpower, Joseph Wong Wing- ping. Mr Wong said the Open University was expected to continue developing information technologies and multi-media course materials for the benefit of Hong Kong people, the mainland and Chinese communities overseas. Dr Yuen Kin-sum, head of the OU's Educational Technology and Publishing Unit, said: 'Though the 100-square-metre studio is relatively small compared with the industry standard, it is good enough for us to create productions of professional quality in-house.' The digitalised studio is expected to boost the university's capability to produce high-quality audio-visual learning materials. Dr Yuen said the studio would serve a wider community than those of other universities. He said that, over the years, more than 1,100 hours of TV programmes covering various academic disciplines had been brought to the community by the university. OU plans to explore the application of digital and Internet technologies in production and broadcasting. The recent two open days included a display of advanced distance-learning materials and information technology and exhibitions on the history and future development of the university. Introductory lectures were given by the university's schools of arts and social sciences, business and administration, science and technology and the Centre for Continuing and Community Education. Formerly the Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong, OU received the status of university last May and is the first university offering open and distance education in Hong Kong. Since its inception in 1989, the institute has offered more than 60 distance-taught degree and sub-degree programmes to more than 70,000 adult learners.