PolyU-affiliated HKCC and SPEED Welcome New Students Enriching the “2+2” Flexible Articulation Model for Students in the New Academic Year
On 2 September 2013, the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), an affiliate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), welcomed around 5,000 new full-time students joining its two educational units – Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) – which offer associate degree / higher diploma programmes and top-up bachelor’s degree programmes respectively. Officiating at the welcome ceremonies were PolyU President Prof. Timothy W. Tong, CPCE Dean Prof. Peter Yuen, CPCE Associate Dean (Quality Assurance) Prof. Peter Walters, CPCE Associate Dean (Development) cum HKCC Director Dr. Simon Leung, and SPEED Director Dr. Jack Lo.
Prof. Timothy Tong, addressing the welcome ceremonies in his dual capacity as the President of PolyU and the Council Chairman of CPCE, said that CPCE offers highly integrated academic programmes for learners to pursue higher academic qualifications. He was also pleased that CPCE’s self-financed sub-degree and bachelor’s degree programmes “serve to offer youngsters an alternative pathway to pursue university education”.
CPCE Dean Prof. Peter Yuen said, “CPCE is now arguably the largest self-financing tertiary education entity in Hong Kong, with over 10,000 full-time students enrolled in our highly popular associate degree, higher diploma and bachelor’s top-up degree programmes accredited by the PolyU Senate. CPCE offers ‘2+2’ flexible and seamless articulation pathways to students through enrolling, initially, in HKCC’s 2-year associate degree or higher diploma programmes, and eventually articulating to the 2-year top-up bachelor’s honours degree programmes leading to PolyU or PolyU-SPEED awards offered at SPEED.”
With the aim of further enhancing the “2+2” articulation model, SPEED has been working vigorously on the upgrade of its existing PolyU-SPEED award ordinary degree programmes to honours degree level. In this academic year, SPEED offers a total of 15 PolyU-SPEED award top-up bachelor’s degree programmes, including 12 honours degree programmes. Among these, the upgraded honours degree programmes or schemes, BA (Hons) Scheme in Business, BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management, BA (Hons) in Marketing and Public Relations and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Scheme, are receiving their first cohorts of students.
Dr. Jack Lo, SPEED Director, said “We hope that, by the next academic year 2014/15, the full spectrum of PolyU-SPEED award top-up degree programmes will be offered at honours degree level. For graduates of existing ordinary degree programmes, they will have the option of upgrading their academic qualifications to honours degree level by taking additional credits.”
Dr. Simon Leung, HKCC Director, highlighted the high articulation rates of HKCC graduates since its establishment, “From the first cohort of graduates in 2003 to those in 2012, more than 11,300 HKCC graduates have articulated into bachelor’s degree programmes. This represents a ten-year average articulation rate of 77.9%, which ranks among the highest in Hong Kong. In 2012, the articulation rate of HKCC reached 83%, with nearly 40% of them pursuing their study on UGC-funded programmes. These are the strongest testimonies of our students’ abilities.”
“I am confident that with students’ efforts and our dedicated support, HKCC students can attain their goals of furthering their studies at universities after completing their sub-degree studies at HKCC. Meanwhile, CPCE’s ‘2+2’ articulation pathway definitely opens up more quality articulation opportunities for HKCC graduates,” added Dr. Leung.
Established in 2001, HKCC is committed to becoming the preferred community college in Hong Kong. It currently offers 35 associate degree and higher diploma programmes, with most of them being offered through a scheme structure. These programmes span the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business, and design as well as the specialised area of health studies.
Since its establishment in 1999, SPEED offers professionally-oriented, multi-disciplinary programmes designed to meet the changing needs of society. Apart from PolyU-SPEED award top-up degree programmes, the School also collaborates with the PolyU Faculty of Health and Social Sciences to offer the PolyU award top-up honours degree programme, namely BSc (Hons) in Applied Ageing Studies. In addition, SPEED collaborates with renowned overseas institutions namely University of London International Programmes and Northumbria University (UNN) to offer preparatory programmes and programmes leading to their awards in Hong Kong respectively.