HK's Vocational Training Council announces 17,000 new places for tertiary students, with new courses in AI and aircraft engineering

HK's Vocational Training Council announces 17,000 new places for tertiary students, with new courses in AI and aircraft engineering

More than 140 new programmes will be available at VTC's 13 member institutions from the 2019/20 academic year

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Students can attend Info Days to learn about the new courses. They will be held at VTC institutions from Friday.
Photo: SCMP/Edward Wong

The Vocational Training Council (VTC) announced on Tuesday that its member institutions will provide around 17,000 places for students in the 2019/20 academic year. There will be new programmes in artificial intelligence, digital illustration, and aircraft engineering, the VTC said. 

More than 140 full-time degree, higher diploma, diploma of foundation studies, diploma of vocational education, and diploma programmes will be offered  by the VTC’s 13 member institutions. 

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The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) will launch the new Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering. It’s the city’s first degree programme tailored to prepare students for the HKAR-66 CAT B1.1 Aircraft Maintenance Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Department.

This self-financing programme will cover three main areas of study: engineering science, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft engineering and management. Students will be required to complete 1,000 hours of internship over the course of their four-year study. Graduates can then apply for the licence after two years of relevant working experience in organisations recognised by the department.

The programme’s first-year intake is expected to be 20 to 30 students. The general entrance requirement for THEi degree programmes is “33222”.

In addition, new higher diploma programmes, such as Artificial Intelligence and Cyberspace Applications, will be introduced by the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education. The aim of the courses is to develop local specialists in software development,  big data analytics, and cybersecurity.

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The VTC will also offer two more programmes in the coming academic year – Higher Diploma in Global Supply Chain and Higher Diploma in Fitness and Health Nutrition. For some courses, eligible local students  will be entitled to an annual subsidy amounting to  HK$41,700 or HK$72,800 under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP). 

Info Days will be held at VTC institutions from tomorrow. Students can visit campuses for taster programmes, consultation sessions, and parents’ talks.

Those attending any of these events can submit applications for the programmes during their visit. Students can also submit online applications from tomorrow until February 28, 2019.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
17,000 VTC new places

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