Hong Kong Virtual University earlier known as Cyber University, established in 2001, is one of collaborative programs funded by Restructuring and Collaboration Fund of the University Grants Committee. It plans to provide a virtual campus for Hong Kong tertiary institutions and universities. The courses are jointly provided by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and The University of Hong Kong. The project was started by Dr. Pong Ting Chuen in 2001; he is professor of Computer Science and associate vice-president for Academic Affairs of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The project allows gifted and skilled students to take university-level courses over the internet, enhances the learning knowledge of participants and makes a smooth move from secondary school to university. Credit Bearing Program is a series of courses for undergraduates from local tertiary institutes, secondary school students, and overseas students. Credit units will be earned after fulfilled the passing requirements including "attendance" of video lectures, certain score obtained from online tests, quizzes, assignment, group discussion, laboratories and examination. Talented Youth Certificate Program is a series of courses mainly for secondary school students, especially talented ones. These courses are developed from regular university courses with less demanding work schedule. These talented youths can explore and develop their own interests. The HKVU courses are delivered in the form of blended learning mode - an effective learning approach by integrating face-to-face and online media. Tutorials and laboratory classes in contrast are conducted through face-to-face meetings. Such approach allows students to study anytime, anywhere and at their own pace, but yet preserves the face-to-face interaction amongst students and instructors. This university offers courses like Introduction to Communication Studies, Introduction to Cognitive Science, Mathematical Problem Solving Techniques, Exploring Multimedia and Internet Computing, Science, Technology and Society, Computer and Programming Funtamentals II, Critical Thinking etc.