Self-financed institutes see a rush for placesTop News | Stella Wong 12 Jul 2018
Students who are not among the top achievers are rushing to self-financed institutes for tertiary places - with business administration, hotel and kindergarten education programs the popular choices.
Hang Seng Management College said applications have increased 10 percent over last year, thanks to more promotion and government subsidies for those studying in self-financed institutes.
The college's provost, Gilbert Fong Chee-fun, said the peak hours used to be 11am to 2pm two or three years ago, but he saw applicants lining up as early as 9am yesterday. There was a traffic jam at the school entrance when he drove in.
"We are very happy about the situation," he said. "Our target is about 1,400 students this year. By the looks of it, we should be able to meet that target or even exceed it."
Fong said business administration, translation with business, journalism and communications, and Asian studies are among the most popular programs.
Last year Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that the government would provide a non-means-tested annual subsidy of HK$30,000 to students enrolling in eligible self-financing undergraduate programs.
With the subsidy, the tuition fee for Year One or Year Two students at Hang Seng Management College is HK$49,400 a year, while that for Year Three and Year Four students is HK$60,000.
Devine Chan Ming-yee, 18, whose best five subjects totaled 20 points in the exam, secured an offer for the college's bachelor of business administration program.
Chan said Lam's subsidy made him consider self-financed programs.
Chan is still waiting for the JUPAS result to see if he could make it to a University Grants Committee-funded university.
Meanwhile, the Vocational Training Council, which is offering 17,000 places in various programs, received more than 20,000 applications in the first hour, similar to the number last year.
The council's deputy executive director, Leung Yam-shing, said civil engineering, hotel, kindergarten education and finances were popular.