Students of Queen's College receive their Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination results on July 20, 2022. (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – The number of mainland higher education institutions participating in the admission scheme of Hong Kong students will increase to 132 for the 2023/24 academic year, the Education Bureau said on Thursday.
Compared with last year, an additional three institutions will be participating in the admission scheme. They are: University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing Jiaotong University and Communication University of Zhejiang.
The mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme admit Hong Kong students based on their HKDSE Examination results, hence exempting them from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Mainland Institutions.
Spokesperson for the Education Bureau
The 132 institutions come from 21 provinces or municipalities and one autonomous region of the mainland, the EDB said in a statement.
Welcoming the announcement by the Ministry of Education on the detailed arrangements of the admission scheme, an EDB spokesperson said: “The mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme admit Hong Kong students based on their HKDSE Examination results, hence exempting them from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Mainland Institutions.”
The EDB encouraged Hong Kong students to pursue further studies on the mainland through the scheme and seize the opportunity to learn about the country's latest social, economic and cultural landscape, and plan ahead for their future development.
"As in previous years, there is the School Principal Nomination Scheme under the Admission Scheme and each secondary school can nominate up to eight students.”
The minimum entrance requirement remains unchanged – a total score of 10 or above in the four core subjects (Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies) in the HKDSE Examination, and among which none of them is below 2.
Eligible Hong Kong students enrolled in undergraduate programs of designated mainland institutions can apply for a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy under the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme, according to the EDB statement
Interested students can log on to the designated website to apply online from March 1 to 31, 2023, and review and confirm application verification results before April 10, said the spokesperson. Students who provided supplementary information as per the system's request can log on and review verification results before April 23.
Those passed the application verification should make payment of the application fee of HK$460 by April 30. Later, the mainland institutions participating in the scheme may arrange interviews based on the application information submitted by students.
The participating institutions will announce admission results in late July 2023 and arrange for supplementary enrolment according to the enrollment situation.
Meanwhile, eligible Hong Kong students enrolled in undergraduate programs of designated mainland institutions can apply for a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy under the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme, according to the EDB statement.
The subsidy level of the scheme will be increased from the 2022/23 academic year onwards to enhance the support for Hong Kong students, it added.
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