While lots of self-financing schools have seen a drop in student enrolment this year, Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) is one of the few schools to have admitted more students. They announced last week that they had accepted 1,426 secondary school graduates – 199 more than last year.
Ng Po-shing, director of Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre, told Young Post that the increase might be because the college specialises in business and finance courses, which are popular in Hong Kong.
Ng added that another reason may be that the college has a lot of resources, such as housing, that other self-financing schools don’t offer. It is also applying to become a self-financing university in 2017, which may be another reason for its popularity, said Ng.
The college said the average DSE score of the students they accepted was 17.5. That’s a 0.5 drop from last year, but HSMC President Professor Simon Ho Shun-man said he was happy with the increasing number of graduates amid the gradual decline in candidate numbers.
Ho added that students who didn’t get the grades they wanted shouldn’t bother with associate degrees. Instead they should focus on trying to get into bachelor’s programmes at other self-financing schools.
“Associate degrees are a waste of time and money. They are becoming less important and won’t guarantee students an undergraduate place. [A bachelor’s degree] is more recognised in any industry,” said Ho Thursday.
Earlier this year, the government said that 31 out of 36 self-financing schools hadn’t met their enrolment targets for 2015-2016. That included Chu Hai College of Higher Education and the University of Hong Kong’s self-financing Centennial College.