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127 Mainland higher education institutions to admit Hong Kong students
     The Education Bureau (EDB) welcomed the announcement by the Ministry of Education on the detailed arrangements of the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions (Admission Scheme) for the 2021/22 academic year. The number of Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme will increase to 127 (listed in the Annex), coming from 21 provinces/municipalities and one autonomous region of the Mainland. They will accept applications from candidates sitting for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination in 2021.
     A spokesperson for the EDB said today (November 5), "The Mainland higher education institutions participating in the Admission Scheme admit Hong Kong students based on their HKDSE Examination results, hence relieving these students' pressure from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Mainland Institutions. Compared with last year, an additional five institutions offering various programmes will be participating in the Admission Scheme for the 2021/22 academic year, namely Northeast Normal University, Fujian Medical University, Hunan University of Technology, Hainan Normal University and Xidian University. The EDB will continue discussion with the Mainland with a view to inviting more renowned Mainland institutions to participate in the Admission Scheme and providing students with multiple study pathways and opportunities to connect with the country's development." 
      "As in previous years, there is the School Principal Nomination Scheme under the Admission Scheme and each secondary school can nominate up to eight students. The minimum entrance requirement adopted by the participating Mainland institutions remains unchanged, that is, attainment in the HKDSE Examination of a total score of 10 or above in the four core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies), and among which none of them is below 2."
     Students interested in participating in the Admission Scheme for the 2021/22 academic year can log on to the designated website to apply online from March 1 to 20, 2021, and subsequently review and confirm application verification results before March 31. As for cases in which students provided supplementary information as per the system's request, they can log on and review verification results before April 16. Those who have passed the application verification should make payment of the application fee by April 23, after which Mainland institutions participating in the Admission Scheme may arrange interviews based on the application information submitted by students. Institutions will announce admission results in late July 2021 and arrange for supplementary enrolment according to the enrollment situation.
     Details of the Admission Scheme are available at the EDB's website (www.edb.gov.hk/admissionscheme21). Moreover, to allow students, teachers and parents to better understand the detailed arrangements of the Admission Scheme and to provide information on the participating institutions, the EDB and the Ministry of Education will jointly organise the "Virtual Mainland Higher Education Expo 2021/22" from December 5 to December 11, 2020. Details will be announced in due course.
     In addition, eligible Hong Kong students enrolled in undergraduate programmes of designated Mainland institutions can apply for a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy under the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme. Application details for the 2021/22 academic year will be announced in mid-2021.
Ends/Thursday, November 5, 2020
Issued at HKT 15:00
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