Enriching learning experiences and fueling Hong Kong’s socioeconomic bloom

Local | 1 Mar 2019 9:00 am

The PolyU affiliated College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) to offer flexible articulation pathways for higher education to invigorate Hong Kong’s socioeconomic development.

CPCE of PolyU have announced at its Lunar New Year luncheon yesterday that it will be playing a part in enhancing Hong Kong’s higher education through offering flexible articulation pathways for students and working adults to complete their bachelor’s degree.

"CPCE’s full-time student enrolment now totals over 12,000, making it one of the biggest self-financed tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong,” said CPCE Dean Prof. Peter Yuen. "Comparing to four-year bachelor’s degree programs, CPCE’s ‘2+2’ articulation pathways are more flexible. HKCC students who complete the two-year sub-degree programs may articulate to SPEED’s two-year top-up honours degree programs or apply for government-funded bachelor’s degree programs offered by the eight local universities, helping young people realise their dreams of furthering studies and providing manpower for Hong Kong’s social and economic development.”

According to graduate surveys in 2018, a total of 2,385 HKCC graduates articulated to bachelor’s degree programs, representing a high articulation rate of 88.2%. Among them, 1,458 (61.1%) were admitted to government-funded bachelor’s degree programs, a record high. The employment rate for 2018 graduates of SPEED’s full-time programs was also an impressive 90%, on par with those of the eight UGC-funded universities.

"Although the local higher education sector has been facing challenges posed by the shrinking secondary student population in recent years, we are glad to see CPCE’s steady student enrolment and the continuous development of our programme portfolios,” continued Yuen. "Our encouraging articulation and employment figures prove that CPCE plays an important role in the local tertiary education sector, and the self-financed and government-funded higher education sectors are indeed complementary.”

With Hong Kong actively participating in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, programs such as the self-financed Building Engineering and Management, Surveying, and Mechanical Engineering top-up degree programs are made available through SPEED in the 18/19 academic years along with highly sought after programs such as the Health Services Management and Convention and Event Management programs, which have already gained recognition from professional organisations such as The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers.

CPCE has also signed co-operation agreements with different organizations and industry partners such as CLP Power Academy, Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, and Hong Kong Public Relations Professionals’ Association to offer related professional training, short courses, and internships for students, enriching their learning experiences.

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