PolyU-affiliated HKCC and SPEED Celebrate the Graduation of nearly 4,500 Students in their Tenth Joint Graduation Ceremony
(20 October 2012, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), the educational units of the PolyU-affiliated College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), held their 10th Joint Graduation Ceremony for nearly 4,500 graduates on 20 and 21 October 2012.
This year, both HKCC and SPEED witness a record number of graduates. HKCC has sent forth over 3,200 graduates who completed their Associate Degree or Higher Diploma programmes. As for SPEED, amongst its more than 1,200 graduates, over 1,100 completed their Bachelor’s top-up degree programmes, with the others obtaining various qualifications under the Credit Accumulation Mechanism (CAM), including Bachelor of Arts/ Science, Associate of Arts, and Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Diploma/ Certificate.
Prof. Peter Yuen, Dean of CPCE, officiated at the ceremony and shared CPCE’s latest initiatives in promoting lifelong education, “A key focus of CPCE is to provide high quality self-financed sub-degree and Bachelor’s degree programmes. With the mandate given by PolyU, CPCE started to launch Bachelor’s top-up degree programmes at Honours level in the academic year of 2012/13. We now have in place an attractive ‘2+2’ model – HKCC offering 2-year Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes, and SPEED offering 2-year top-up Honours degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards. With our highly integrated yet flexible educational pathways, we are confident that our programmes will be well sought after by secondary school graduates.”
Dr Simon Leung, Associate Dean (Development) of CPCE and Director of HKCC, shared the exciting articulation figures of HKCC graduates, “Over the last decade, more than 11,000 HKCC graduates have successfully articulated to Bachelor’s degree programmes, representing an average articulation rate of 77.8% — among the highest in Hong Kong. In 2012, the articulation rate reaches 82.6%. The encouraging articulation performance bears testimony to our quality programmes, caring team of teaching staff, diversified co-curricular activities and well-equipped campuses.”
Besides the 82.6% of graduates who finished their 2-year studies at HKCC before articulating into university, more than 230 Year 1 HKCC students have also made their way into university studies. After finishing their first year of studies, these students have been admitted into Bachelor’s degree programmes due to their outstanding performance in study or other areas.
The HKCC graduates came from more than 30 Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes spanning arts, science, social sciences, business and the two specialised areas of design and health care.
Dr Jack Lo, Director of SPEED, said at the Graduation Ceremony, “A key mission of SPEED is to offer sub-degree graduates an alternative pathway to pursue their Bachelor’s degree education. Through maintaining close collaboration with PolyU, SPEED will strive to widen its portfolio of top-up degree programmes, including those at Honours level, so as to offer sub-degree graduates more quality articulation choices in different academic disciplines.”
“To enhance the employability and competitiveness of our students, SPEED organises a wide spectrum of co-curricular activities, including internship programmes, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. These activities serve to equip students with first-hand knowledge about the industry, as well as other essential ‘soft skills’ such as creativity, communication skills and critical thinking abilities,” Dr Lo continued, “I also encourage graduates to adopt a lifelong learning attitude. This year, one of our graduates is a nearly 80-year-old elderly who obtained the PCE Certificate under CAM. This graduate has set a role model for us to pursue continuing education.”
SPEED currently offers more than 10 top-up degree programmes which span across the disciplines of applied and media arts, applied ageing studies, business, hospitality management, housing management, marketing and public relations, professional communication, psychological studies, public administration, retail and service management, and travel industry management. SPEED also offers short courses to interested parties for their pursuit of continuing and professional studies.
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