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EDB announces Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors for 2023/24 cohort - undergraduate programmes (top-up degree)
     ​The Education Bureau (EDB) announced today (December 28) that the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) will be expanded to subsidise a total of 1 310 places of 37 top-up degree (TUD) programmes of eight post-secondary institutions for the cohort to be admitted in the 2023/24 academic year. 
     An EDB spokesman said, "As announced in 'The Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address', the Government will, through the strategy of fostering industry-institution collaboration and diversified development, promote vocational and professional education and training as a pathway parallel to conventional academic education, providing diversified learning and employment opportunities for young people. To this end, the SSSDP will be expanded in phases starting from the 2023/24 academic year, covering TUD programmes for the first time."
     The TUD programmes of the SSSDP fall under 10 disciplines that have been identified as having keen manpower demand, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, financial technology, healthcare, insurance, logistics, sports and recreation, testing and certification, and tourism and hospitality. The programmes and number of subsidised places (see Annex) are determined by the EDB in consultation with relevant policy bureaux and departments.
     In the 2023/24 academic year, the subsidy amount for laboratory-based programmes and non-laboratory-based programmes will be $78,280 and $44,950 respectively according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The subsidy amounts are applicable to both new and continuing eligible students. The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programmes concerned. Subsidised students will pay a tuition fee with the subsidy applied. Students in need may still apply for student financial assistance from the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency in respect of the actual amount of tuition fee payable.
     The subsidised places of the TUD programmes are allocated according to existing admission arrangements of the self-financing TUD programmes, i.e. through direct admission by institutions rather than the Joint University Programmes Admissions System. Students can apply for admission to the programmes directly through the institutions concerned.
     The SSSDP aims to subsidise students to pursue designated full-time locally accredited self-financing undergraduate (including TUD) and sub-degree programmes in selected disciplines with a view to nurturing talent for industries with keen human resource demand. Details are available at the SSSDP website (www.cspe.edu.hk/sssdp).
Ends/Wednesday, December 28, 2022
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