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103 Mainland higher education institutions to exempt Hong Kong students from joint entrance examination
     The Education Bureau (EDB) today (October 27) 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 2018. The number of Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme will increase to 103. In addition, more flexibility will be allowed for adopting an alternative minimum entrance requirement under the School Principal Nomination Scheme (SPNS) as compared with previous years.
     A spokesman for the EDB said, "There are a number of enhancements to the Admission Scheme in 2018. First, compared with 2017, there are 13 more institutions participating in the scheme, namely Beijing Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Dalian University of Technology, Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai New York University, Ocean University of China, Zhengzhou University, Hunan University, Central South University, Hainan University, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Shaanxi Normal University and Northwest University. The 103 participating institutions (listed in the Annex) are in 18 provinces and municipalities as well as one autonomous region on the Mainland, thus providing students with a wider choice.
     "Secondly, the SPNS allows for more flexibility, as compared with previous years, in adopting an alternative minimum entrance requirement. The revised minimum entrance requirement is the attainment of a total score of 10 or above in the four core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies) among which none of them is below 2. The quota on the number of students nominated by each school under the SPNS remains the same at six.
     "In terms of admission principles, as in previous years, the Ministry of Education maintains 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."

     As in previous years, 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 2018 are welcome to enrol in the scheme.

     The enrolment process of the Admission Scheme in 2018 will consist of both online application and subsequent on-site confirmation of application. According to the admission procedure for 2018, 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 29 (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/expo17).
     To help students and parents gain a better understanding of the scheme, the EDB and the Ministry of Education will jointly hold the 2017 Mainland Higher Education Expo on December 2 and 3.
     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 103 Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme for 2018 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, senior management members of sizeable 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 2 (Saturday), and from 10am to 6pm on December 3 (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 uploaded to the website of the EDB (www.edb.gov.hk/expo17) after the Expo.
     Eligible Hong Kong students enrolled in undergraduate programmes of designated Mainland institutions can apply for a means-tested subsidy (a full-rate subsidy of $15,000 or a half-rate subsidy of $7,500 per annum) or a non-means-tested subsidy (a subsidy of $5,000 per annum) under the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS). Application details for MUSSS for the 2018/19 academic year will be announced in mid-2018.
Ends/Friday, October 27, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:00
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