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Eleven projects approved under Quality Enhancement Support Scheme of Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund

     The Education Bureau today (July 13) announced that 11 projects, amounting to a total grant of more than $73 million, were approved in the first round of application for the new Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) under the Self-financing Post-secondary Education Fund (SPEF) to enhance teaching and learning in the self-financing post-secondary sector.

     The approved projects were selected out of a total of 39 applications by the independent Sub-committee on QESS under the Steering Committee on the SPEF. They include two theme-based and nine open-ended projects.

     The Chairman of the Steering Committee on the SPEF, Mr Tim Lui, said that the Committee was delighted by the overwhelming response from the sector.

     "The award of theme-based projects was a major and unprecedented step in fostering collaboration among the self-financing post-secondary institutions to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. The projects would support the healthy and sustainable development of the whole sector," he added.

     The two selected theme-based projects include a proposal by five degree-awarding institutions to establish the first joint e-library and inter-library loan system project in the self-financing post-secondary sector. The second project is jointly initiated by the Vocational Training Council and the Open University of Hong Kong to develop interactive e-learning modules on science subjects to strengthen the foundation of senior secondary students for articulation to post-secondary science education.

     As for the nine open-ended projects, they focus on the development of teaching and learning tools, enhancement of career guidance services and upgrading of information systems.

     Building on the success of the time-limited Quality Enhancement Grant Scheme commenced in the 2008/09 academic year, the QESS supports non-works projects or initiatives designed to enhance the quality of the self-financing post-secondary sector. The QESS supports theme-based and open-ended projects selected through an open, competitive and merit-based mechanism.

     Theme-based projects are normally joint initiatives developed by more than one institution/organisation that foster closer collaboration and benefit the sector as widely as possible. The objectives and the deliverables of the projects are directly related to the themes set for each round of application. The approved projects should normally be completed in three years' time.

     Further details on the QESS and the approved projects can be found at the Information Portal for Accredited Post-secondary Programmes at

Ends/Saturday, July 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 12:00


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