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SED meets with Vice Minister of Education in Beijing (with photos)

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, today (September 30) continued his official visit to Beijing to meet with the Vice Minister of Education, Mr Du Yubo, and visit two vocational schools.
     During the meeting with the Vice Minister of Education, Mr Ng introduced the Education Bureau's major works in the previous year. They also exchanged views on a variety of education issues, including educational exchanges and collaborations between the Mainland and Hong Kong.

     Mr Ng extended special thanks to the Ministry of Education for its long-term support for some Mainland higher education institutions to exempt Hong Kong students from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities on the Mainland and admit them on the basis of their results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examinations and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations.
     This enables Hong Kong students to have more opportunities and choices to receive tertiary education as well as more developmental pathways.

     In a pilot initiative, a total of 63 Mainland higher education institutions participated in the scheme in 2012. In 2013, the number of participating institutions has increased to 70. Of the 2 300 Hong Kong student applicants, 1 200 were given an offer.

     "I am pleased to receive from the Ministry of Education a recent notification that five more Mainland higher education institutions will participate in the scheme in 2014, bringing the total to 75 institutions covering 14 provinces and municipalities on the Mainland. This will provide additional options for Hong Kong students," Mr Ng said.

     The new ones comprise Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai; China Three Gorges University in Hubei; Shandong University in Shandong; and Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jiangxi.

     In addition to the Ministry of Education, Mr Ng also visited Beijing International Vocational Education School and Beijing Information Technology College to see for himself the latest developments in vocational education on the Mainland.

     Meanwhile, the National Day Delegation from the Educational Sector of Hong Kong 2013 today also continued its exchange activities in Beijing. After witnessing the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square on National Day tomorrow, Mr Ng and the delegates will fly back to Hong Kong.

     Officials accompanying Mr Ng in Beijing included the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary for Education, Mr Kenneth Cheng, and the Principal Assistant Secretary (Quality Assurance and School-based Support), Mrs Hong Chan Tsui-wah.

Ends/Monday, September 30, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:01


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