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Ninety Mainland higher education institutions to exempt Hong Kong students from joint entrance examination
     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (November 10) welcomed the announcement by the Ministry of Education of the detailed arrangements of the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions (Admission Scheme) for 2017. The number of Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme will increase to 90. In addition, the quota on the number of students nominated by each school under the School Principal Nomination Scheme (SPNS) will increase to six.
     A spokesman for the EDB said, "The Admission Scheme will admit Hong Kong students based on their results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination and exempt them from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Mainland Institutions, hence relieving their pressure and enabling them to concentrate on their preparation for the HKDSE Examination. Candidates sitting for the HKDSE Examination in 2017 are welcome to enrol in the scheme.
     "There are a number of enhancements to the Admission Scheme in 2017. First, compared with 2016, there are six more institutions participating in the scheme, namely Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Southeast University, Zhejiang Normal University, Wuhan University of Technology and Xi'an Jiaotong University. The 90 participating institutions (listed in the Annex) come from 15 provinces and municipalities as well as one autonomous region on the Mainland, thus providing students with a wide choice.
     "Secondly, the quota on the number of students nominated by each school under the SPNS will increase from five to six. The SPNS allows institutions the flexibility of adopting an alternative minimum entrance requirement of '3232' (i.e. Level 3 for Chinese Language and Mathematics and Level 2 for English Language and Liberal Studies) for students nominated by their schools principals.
     "In terms of admission principles, as in previous years, the Ministry of Education has added a requirement that 'participating institutions cannot refuse to admit candidates with disabilities if the candidates can fulfil the academic requirements, complete the enrolled programmes with their physical condition and take care of themselves in daily life'. This serves to cater for Hong Kong students with special education needs who wish to pursue studies on the Mainland."
     Following the practice of previous years, the enrolment process of the Admission Scheme in 2017 will consist of both online application and subsequent on-site confirmation of application. According to the admission procedure for 2017, students can apply online from March 1 to 20 and perform on-site confirmation and pay the enrolment fee at the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre from March 10 to 30 (except Sundays and public holidays). Institutions may arrange interviews based on the application information submitted by candidates. School admission will start in late July. Institutions will announce admission results and arrange supplementary enrolment based on their admission results at the end of July.
     Details of the Admission Scheme are available at the EDB's website (www.edb.gov.hk/expo16).
     To help students and parents gain a better understanding of the scheme, the Ministry of Education and the EDB will jointly hold the 2016 Mainland Higher Education Expo on December 17 and 18.
     During the event, there will be talks by the Ministry of Education on the details of the application procedure and admission arrangements under the scheme, as well as briefing sessions conducted by representatives from the institutions on the characteristics and career prospects of individual programmes.
     The 90 Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme for 2017 will set up exhibition booths and organise talks to provide information on areas such as features of the faculties and subjects, admission criteria, the number of places and tuition fees. There will also be sharing sessions during which some Hong Kong students who have graduated from Mainland institutions will talk about their study life on the Mainland. In addition, human resources consultants and senior management members of large corporations will give talks on the career prospects of students after graduation from Mainland higher education institutions.
     The Expo will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 10am to 7pm on December 17 (Saturday), and from 10am to 6pm on December 18 (Sunday). Admission is free.
     The EDB, the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre and Hok Yau Club have jointly compiled the "Handbook on the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions". The handbook provides comprehensive information on the Admission Scheme and further studies on the Mainland, including information on all the institutions participating in the scheme, programmes offered, strategy on programme choices, and sharing by graduates of Mainland universities. The handbook will be distributed free of charge at the Expo. Its e-version will be posted on the website of the EDB (www.edb.gov.hk/expo16) after the Expo.
     In addition, the EDB launched the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS) in August 2014 to support Hong Kong students in need who pursue undergraduate studies on the Mainland under the Admission Scheme. Under the MUSSS, students who pass a means test will receive either a full-rate subsidy of HK$15,000 or a half-rate subsidy of HK$7,500 per student per year, depending on their needs. Application details for the 2017/18 academic year will be announced in mid-2017.
Ends/Thursday, November 10, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:00
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