Battle for self-financing degree courses gets fiercer after Legco funding is approved

Battle for self-financing degree courses gets fiercer after Legco funding is approved

Some 324 students applied for just 10 places on an animation and visual effects course at Open University


DSE students apply for self-financing degree courses at IVE Haking Wong in Cheung Sha Wan.
Photo: K. Y. Cheng/SCMP

Competition in self-financing degree courses is fiercer after the approval of the government’s July 19 funding boost for education of HK$3.6 billion, with 32 applicants competing for each place in the Open University’s animation and visual effects course.

Hong Kong’s education sector will receive HK$3.6 billion in funding after a bill was passed on Wednesday by Legco’s Finance Committee. One of the measures includes providing an annual subsidy of HK$30,000 for students pursuing self-financing undergraduate programmes in Hong Kong. The subsidy will be made available to students who received their results on July 12 and achieved at least Level 3 in Chinese and English, and at least Level 2 in their HKDSE maths and liberal studies exams.

Some 324 students applied for 10 places on the bachelor of fine arts in animation and visual effects course at the Open University (OUHK) – that means there are 32 students competing for each spot. Competition for the bachelor of sports and recreation management is tough too. The course has 451 applicants competing for one of 27 spots.

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Other popular courses are nursing programmes at OUHK and Tung Wah College. The bachelor of nursing (general health care) at OUHK attracted 1,001 applications for only 70 spots. The application for Tung Wah College’s bachelor’s degree courses in occupational therapy, nursing, medical laboratory science and radiation therapy is now closed due to an overwhelming number of applications.

The most popular programme at Hang Seng Management College is the bachelor of business administration course.

The Hok Yau Club’s hotline for HKDSE graduates has received 518 calls inquiring about the self-financing degree programmes, a 19 per cent increase on last year.

Ng Po-shing, Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre director, told Young Post on Friday that these self-financing degree courses offer a good option for further studies.

“These programmes were deemed expensive and no one considered studying them before the subsidy. With the approval of the government’s subsidy, the self-financing degree courses have gained popularity as they provide Form Six students with an alternative option for higher education,” he says.

The announcement of whether the students get a university spot varies. Applicants for OUHK’s self-financing degree courses will be notified when the results of this year’s JUPAS is announced on August 7. Tung Wah College will arrange in-person applications with on-site interviews from August 7-9 at its King’s Park Campus, and applicants will be notified of the offer results on the same day.

Edited by Pete Spurrier

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Competition in degree courses gets fiercer


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