Since then the Department has continued to grow, and currently we have about 230 undergraduate students. In 1995 the first students were admitted to our Master of Philosophy programme. We launched our first Doctor of Philosophy programme in the academic year 2000-2001. Our graduates can expect to find jobs as translators and interpreters, in the media, and in a wide range of businesses where bilingual skills are required. Other students have successfully gone on to pursue postgraduate studies in a number of disciplines, both in Hong Kong and overseas.
Our programme has three major aims:
To develop students’ oral and written skills
to a stage where they will be able to serve as effective and responsible intermediaries between texts and speakers in English and Chinese
To develop students’ capacity to make independent and objective judgments
which they will require as language specialists or employees in leading positions in government, business, industry and the professions, for which a first degree is a threshold requirement and for which bilingual skills are regarded as highly valuable
To develop a better understanding
of their place in Hong Kong’s bilingual community and of the roles they might play in serving that community