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Flexible and multiple pathways available for secondary school graduates (with photos)
     The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, officiated at the opening ceremony of the Information Expo on Multiple Pathways 2017 today (May 6). He encouraged secondary school graduates to consider different pathways in accordance with their interests and abilities.

     Mr Yeung said the Government strives to provide flexible and diversified pathways with multiple entry and exit points to secondary school graduates. Apart from undergraduate programmes, there are other options such as sub-degree programmes (including Higher Diploma and Associate Degree programmes) which are independent and valuable qualifications for students to prepare themselves for employment in associate professionals and management positions at entry level or for articulation to top-up degree programmes.

     He also encouraged students to consider different levels of programmes under vocational and professional education and training (VPET), which are not confined to programmes of the lower levels but also cover relevant programmes up to degree level. VPET has been playing a pivotal role in broadening learning opportunities for secondary school leavers and in-service personnel as well as nurturing the requisite human capital to support Hong Kong's development.

     Mr Yeung added that for the 2017/18 academic year, the number of full-time locally accredited post-secondary places to be provided by various institutions is estimated to be about 54 000, including more than 23 000 undergraduate places and some 30 000 sub-degree places. Many institutions also provide Diploma Yi Jin and other education programmes. Hence, there will be sufficient places for eligible students to pursue their studies in Hong Kong.

     The Info Expo is organised by the Education Bureau with the support of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education, the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters and Hong Kong Education City. It is being held from 10am to 6pm today and tomorrow (May 6 and 7) at Rotunda 2 of the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. Admission is free.

     More than 30 exhibition booths are providing information on locally accredited post-secondary programmes, the Diploma Yi Jin programme, non-local programmes and articulation pathways outside Hong Kong. Hok Yau Club, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and the Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association also offer career guidance services on the spot.

     Useful tools and platforms including the Information Portal for Accredited Post-secondary Programmes (iPASS), the Electronic Advance Application System for Post-secondary Programmes (E-APP), e-Navigator, the Concourse for Self-financing Post-secondary Education and the Qualifications Framework are also being demonstrated at the Expo to assist students to plan their further studies.

     Apart from information booths, there are also talks and sharing sessions on multiple pathways for secondary school graduates as well as guidance and strategies for articulation to post-secondary education. Industry and institution representatives will also provide first-hand information about relevant programmes and careers in the industries concerned.
Ends/Saturday, May 6, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:38
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The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, officiates today (May 6) at the Information Expo on Multiple Pathways 2017 opening ceremony.
The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung (centre), today (May 6) visits the booth of the Education Bureau at the Information Expo on Multiple Pathways 2017 to find out about the information available to students.
Members of the public visit the exhibition booths at the Information Expo on Multiple Pathways 2017 to acquire information on further studies and career pathways. The exhibition is being held at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre today (May 6) and tomorrow (May 7).