2017 Mainland Higher Education Expo opens

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The 2017 Mainland Higher Education Expo, jointly organised by the Ministry of Education and the Education Bureau (EDB), is being held today and tomorrow (December 2 and 3) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. The Expo will enable students aspiring to pursue further studies on the Mainland to gain a better understanding of the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions (Admission Scheme) in 2018, and also provides information on the participating institutions and their programmes.
     Speaking at the Expo's opening ceremony this morning, the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mrs Ingrid Yeung, said that the increase in the number of participating institutions to 102 under the 2018 Admission Scheme and the provision of specialised programmes not available in universities in Hong Kong by some of the newly joined institutions would allow students to choose from a wide array of programme choices. Over 18,000 students have filed applications under the Admission Scheme in the past six years, of which around 7,800 were admitted into Mainland higher education institutions.
     The Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, visited some exhibition booths of the Mainland higher education institutions.

He thanked the Ministry of Education for allowing for more flexibility under the School Principal Nomination Scheme by adopting an alternative entrance requirement to admit students with good potential, thus offering more opportunities to students with different talents.
     The Government launched the Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme (MUSSS) in 2014, to support Hong Kong students in need who wish to pursue undergraduate studies on the Mainland. Starting from 2017/18 Academic Year, a "non-means-tested subsidy" has been introduced under the MUSSS. Eligible students will receive a flat rate subsidy of $5,000 for an academic year.
     The Expo is open to the public today from 10am to 7pm and tomorrow from 10am to 6pm at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai. Admission is free.
     The 102 Mainland higher education institutions participating in the 2018 Admission Scheme will set up exhibition booths and organise talks to provide information on aspects such as faculties and subjects, admission criteria, the number of places and tuition fees.

During the event, there will be talks by the Ministry of Education on details of the application procedures and admission arrangements under the Admission Scheme.
     There will also be briefing sessions conducted by representatives from the institutions on the characteristics and career prospects of individual programmes. Some Hong Kong graduates from Mainland institutions will talk about their study life on the Mainland at sharing sessions. In addition, representatives from the education and business sectors will give talks on the career prospects of students after their graduation from Mainland higher education institutions.
     The EDB and the Hok Yau Club have jointly compiled the "Handbook on the Scheme for the Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions".

The handbook provides comprehensive information on the scheme and further study on the Mainland, including information on all of the institutions participating in the scheme, the programmes offered, strategies on programme choices, and sharing by graduates of Mainland universities. The handbook will be distributed free of charge at the Expo. The e-version will also be posted on the website of the EDB after the Expo (http://www.edb.gov.hk/expo17" target="_blank">www.edb.gov.hk/expo17).

Published on: 2017-12-02

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