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Education Bureau's response to media enquiries
     In response to media enquiries on non-local students applying for University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded undergraduate programmes by sitting the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) in the wake of an online media report today (March 22), a spokesperson of the Education Bureau said:

     Currently, the Government, through the eight UGC-funded universities, provides 15 000 first-year-first-degree intake places annually.  All these 15 000 intake places must be used for admitting local students.  In accordance with the prevailing policy, UGC-funded universities could only admit non-local students to UGC-funded programmes by way of over-enrollment of up to 20 percent of the total approved student number, irrespective of the academic qualifications or results of any given examination used by non-local students for their applications.  This 20 percent should all be outside the UGC-funded number. As such, non-local students would not compete with local students for UGC-funded intake places.

     It should be noted that, to ensure public money would not be used to cross-subsidise non-local students, non-local students are required to pay tuition fees at a higher level as compared to local students.  At present, non-local students are paying about three to four times the tuition fees paid by local students.     
Ends/Thursday, March 22, 2018
Issued at HKT 20:29
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