The Higher Education Festival, which is organised by the SCMP’s Education Post, will be held this year at InnoCentre, Kowloon Tong, on June 17.
The education fair, which will be a gathering of various prestigious institutions and overseas education consultancies, will be exclusively open for students who are taking this year’s HKDSE and those who want to pursue their secondary or undergraduate studies overseas. There will be seminars and panel discussions to give students and parents advice on how to choose the post-secondary programmes that will meet their abilities and interests.
Ng Po-shing, director of Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre, told Young Post that the fair will offer students a chance to learn about some of the features of the institutions.
“Many DSE takers will just wait for their results on July 12, and won’t plan ahead. This is wrong as anything could happen – you need to have a backup plan for if you don’t get the scores you expect. The seminars at the fair, for example, will offer students useful tips on how to change their choices via the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) from July 13-15,” Ng said.
Each candidate is assigned a 24-hour period in which they can modify their post-secondary education choices. This year’s modifying period is from July 13-15. After these 24 hours are up, student are not longer able to change their choices. This slot will be assigned at random, so students need to make sure they log in to their JUPAS accounts to verify when their alloted time slot is. This can be checked from June 14 at 9am onwards. Students are only allowed to change their choices once.
Ng added the fair will provide lots of brochures for students to read so that they can thoroughly understand all the pathways they can take.
“Students can talk to representatives from the universities and compare all the programmes between the institutions. It will be a good way for students to start planning their academic and career paths.”
Young Post also spoke to a few of the institutions and education consultancies that will be at the fair. A spokeswoman for Hang Seng Management College said they will be handing out leaflets that will highlight their programmes and admission requirements. Education consultants from Aston Group Hong Kong will also be on hand to answer questions on studying overseas.