The first presentation of Outstanding Achievement Certificates was held at the Wan Chai Vocational Training Tower. The awards were presented by the City and Guilds of London Institute (CGLI) and the Vocational Training Council. Thirty students, who demonstrated excellence at examinations during the 1995-96 academic year, at Vocational Training Council Technical Institutes in Hong Kong, won awards. 'The award is a mark of excellence and consequently a high level of performance and attainment was required in order to justify the award,' the market development and support manager of CGLI, Keith Baker, said. The awards were based on skills, knowledge, innovation, enterprise, versatility and adaptability, he said. The principal of Kwun Tong Technical Institute, Lawrence Chan Wan-ching, said the awards were important to students, because they offered them a chance to get into tertiary institutions. Sze Chi-man, an award-winner from the institute, said the two-year course was practical. 'It will help me attain my goal of getting into university,' he said. Most universities in Britain now recognise City and Guilds Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas for entry to, or exemption from parts of degree programmes. Many different employers and professional bodies all over the world also fully recognise qualifications from technical institutes.