More mainland unis roll out mat for HK students

The number of higher education institutions in the mainland participating in the scheme for the admission of Hong Kong students will increase by three to 132, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday.

The 132 institutions, from 21 provinces and one autonomous region, will accept applications from candidates sitting for the Diploma of Secondary Education next year.

The new institutions on the list are the University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing Jiaotong University and the Communication University of Zhejiang.

Secondary six students can apply online between March 1 and 31 for the September intake, review and confirm application verification results before April 10, and those who have passed verification must pay a HK$460 fee by April 30.

Institutions may arrange interviews and will announce admission results in late July and arrange for supplementary enrollment based on the situation.

"We encourage students to pursue further studies in the mainland through the scheme and seize the opportunity to learn about the country's latest social, economic and cultural landscape, and plan ahead for their future development," an Education Bureau spokesman said.

The bureau will pursue discussions with the mainland to add more institutions that can provide multiple study pathways and opportunities to students to connect with the country's development.

A School Principal Nomination Scheme is also under the admission scheme, and each secondary school can nominate up to eight students, he said.

Students have to get 10 marks or above in four core DSE subjects - Chinese, English, mathematics and liberal studies - with none below level 2.

A "virtual mainland higher education expo" organized by the bureau and the Ministry of Education will be held from December 3 to 9 for students to understand the scheme.