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OUP China celebrates 50th anniversary
27 October 2011
Oxford University Press celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Chinese operations yesterday with a series of events in Hong Kong.
University of Oxford Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes hosted the celebrations, which included a storytelling session in which he used OUP resources to help young people to read English, the opening of a new Oxford Path learning centre, and an evening reception attended by dignitaries and key industry figures.
The branch has become an important publishing centre for OUP since it opened in 1961, and the events provided a chance to reflect on its success. What started as a small book importing operation on the campus of the University of Hong Kong has grown into an important publishing hub. With offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Shenzhen, and Beijing, OUP China now employs more than 300 members of staff, publishing 1,000 new titles each year.
Its range of titles includes print and digital resources for kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, English learning materials for all ages, and dictionaries. It also publishes academic and trade books on modern literature, sociology, and religious studies, as well as English titles about modern China, which bring the country to the rest of the world by helping readers understand its recent history and development.
OUP China’s impact on education is significant: about 700,000 students in Hong Kong now use OUP China’s learning materials in schools; 3,000,000 copies of Oxford English-Chinese dictionaries are sold in Hong Kong and mainland China each year; and more than 14 million students in mainland China use OUP textbooks to learn English.
Guests present at yesterday’s celebrations included Professor Tsui Lap Chi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, Director Hao, Director General of Publicity, Culture and Sports Dept. of the Liaison Office of the Central Government in the HKSAR, and Director Shen, Jiangsu Education Bureau Head.
Lord Patten said: “I am proud of the achievements of OUP China, and hope it will continue to further the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing quality learning materials. I am sure its impact on both Hong Kong and China’s education will be even more vital in the future as China plays an increasingly central role on the world stage.”
To find out more about OUP China’s 50th anniversary celebrations, go to http://www.oupchina.com.hk/50thanniversary