HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 5

The Academy was founded in 1984; so this year – and
extending into next – we shall be celebrating 25 years
of hard work and success. In realising the Academy’s
mission, present and past members of Council, staff,
students and graduates, have built the Academy to one
of international acclaim.
Over its 25 years the Academy has stridden from
one landmark achievement to the next. Starting at
postsecondary level, offering sub-degree programmes,
it has become an academy providing arts education
to postgraduate and professional levels. The Academy
became degree awarding in 1992. Through Programme
Area Accreditation, conducted in September last year, the
Academy has now been granted self-accreditation status
by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic
and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). Successful
validation of the Film and Television Master’s Programme
in February this year completed the Academy’s cycle of
postgraduate programmes. All five Schools now have their
own high quality Master’s programmes. Establishment of
the Extension and Continuing Education for Life (EXCEL)
in 2001 has promoted greater interest in performing arts
among the community. Annual enrolment of over 7,000
students from different age groups, attests to the demand
for arts education in Hong Kong in all its many and varied
forms. The Performing Arts Education Centre now plays
an important role in providing outreach programmes
to schools and the community. Junior music, and the
young gifted dancer programmes, have each nurtured
many talented youngsters.
From left: Academy Director Professor Kevin Thompson, Council Chairman Professor
Leung Nai-kong, Secretary for Development Mrs Carrie Lam, UNESCO’s China
representative for Culture and Heritage Ms Beatrice Kaldun, Chairman of the Béthanie
Advisory Group Professor Anna Pao Sohmen, and Associate Director (Operations) Mr
Philip Soden unveiled the UNESCO award plaque at Béthanie
(photo by Danny Ng)
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