The number of higher education institutes on the mainland that Hong Kong students can apply to enrol in next year has been increased to 109, China’s Ministry of Education said yesterday.
“Compared to 2018, there are seven more institutions participating in the scheme, namely the Central Conservatory of Music, the Central Academy of Drama, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Hubei University, Guangdong Ocean University, Chang’an University, and Lanzhou University,” said a spokesman for Hong Kong’s Education Bureau (EDB).
Hong Kong students must be nominated by their school under the School Principal Nomination Scheme. The quota of students has been increased from six to eight.
As in previous years, the scheme will admit Hong Kong students based on their HKDSE exam results. They will also be exempt from taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Mainland Institutions.
The minimum entrance requirement for 2019 DSE candidates remains unchanged. Applicants should attain a total score of at least 10, including level 2 in all four core subjects – Chinese language, English language, maths and liberal studies. Students can apply online next year March 1-20, then confirm their application and pay the enrolment fee at the China Education Exchange (HK) Centre, March 11-29.
St Teresa Secondary School student Valerie Yip, 16, said the changes would be beneficial to a lot of her friends who are considering studying Chinese medicine at university.
However, Lam Chun-ngai, 18, a Year One student at Polytechnic University, said he wouldn’t consider studying on the mainland. “I am not sure about the mainland’s education system and the recognition of the programmes there,” he explained.
To help students and parents better understand the scheme, the EDB and China’s Ministry of Education will jointly host the 2018 Mainland Higher Education Expo on December 1-2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.