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A scheme operated by the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) will allow associate degree and higher diploma graduates to pursue their studies further.
CPCE, part of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University group of colleges, has introduced what
it calls the 'Yi Tiao Long' programme through its network - the School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), Hong Kong Community College (HKCC), as well as the Hong Kong CyberU.
The CPCE scheme will provide highly integrated, yet flexible paths for learners with different qualifications.
The variety of programmes offered ranges from short courses, pre-associate degrees, diplomas and associate degrees, to bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.
Though operated with full autonomy, all programmes provided by the academic network will follow the high-standard quality assurance mechanism of the university, said Thomas Wong, dean of CPCE, last week.
'While all three CPCE sub-units have their own areas of excellence with distinct identities, they form a strong and close-knit network to provide the greatest convenience to students at different learning stages,' Professor Wong said.
Since the 2002 to 2003 academic year, 120 pre-associate degree graduates of SPEED furthered their study in the associate degree programmes of HKCC.
Over the past three years, 400 associate degree graduates of HKCC continued to pursue top-up degree programmes at SPEED.
'SPEED has a credit accumulation mechanism which enables students to enjoy maximum flexibility in studying at their own pace and accumulate credits for academic awards according to a clear progression path,' said Dennis Chan, director of SPEED.
At HKCC, associate degree programmes are offered and holistic education - the idea of greater self confidence in one's abilities - is emphasised.
'In the coming academic year, HKCC will offer 22 associate degree programmes
in various business disciplines, taught by our team of academic staff, 97 per cent of which have master's or postgraduate qualifications,' said Simon Leung, director of HKCC.
Hong Kong CyberU is the first Web-based learning platform in Hong Kong with a focus on offering professional programmes at postgraduate level to those who may be too busy at work, or at home, to attend classes in person.
To find out more about the colleges, visit: www.polyu.edu.hk