PolyU-affiliated HKCC and SPEED welcome new students for 2016/17 academic year
On 3 September 2016, College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), an affiliate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), welcomed around 5,600 new full-time students joining its educational units, Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED). These students are enrolled on the PolyU-HKCC award associate degree (AD) and higher diploma (HD) programmes, and the PolyU-SPEED award top-up honours degree programmes.
Officiating at the ceremony, Prof. Philip C.H. Chan, PolyU Deputy President and Provost cum CPCE Council Vice Chairman, remarked that the University established CPCE in 2002 to provide additional opportunities for learners to pursue higher academic qualifications. The sub-degree programmes leading to PolyU-HKCC awards, as well as the top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards, serve to offer young people an alternative pathway to pursue tertiary education.
Prof. Chan added that CPCE follows PolyU’s tradition with a strong emphasis placed on all-round education. Through the College’s Student Affairs Office, HKCC and SPEED offer students diversified extra-curricular activities, such as community service projects, leadership training and study tours, etc. “Not only will students become professionally competent, but also be equipped with the skills and wisdom to cope with the challenges ahead. This echoes PolyU’s promise for education and research, that is ‘Opening Minds • Shaping the Future’,” Prof. Chan said.
Sharing with Freshmen “Student Barometer Autumn 2015” Survey Results: CPCE’s Learning and Support Services Highly Rated by Students
Prof. Peter Yuen, Dean of CPCE, remarked in his welcome address, “CPCE is one of the largest self-financing tertiary educational institutions in Hong Kong, with over 10,000 full-time students enrolled on its sub-degree and top-up honours degree programmes. An exciting piece of news to share with you is that in Student Barometer Autumn 2015 exercise, a global survey of student experience, CPCE received a high rating on overall student satisfaction. CPCE’s results compare favourably with international and local universities/ institutions. In addition, CPCE ranked first among the local participating government-funded universities and self-financing tertiary institutions in areas such as quality lectures, good teachers, learning support and careers advice from academic staff, programme organisation, learning through extra-curricular activities, and campus buildings, etc. Let’s take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our faculty members, who are not only highly committed to their teaching profession, but also active in scholarly activities and professional services.”
Embracing New Academic Year with Enhanced “2+2” Articulation Pathway
To offer students highly integrated yet flexible progression opportunities, CPCE has put in place the “2+2” articulation pathway leading to PolyU accredited honours degrees. After completing the 2-year AD or HD programmes, HKCC students have the opportunity to join SPEED and articulate to the 2-year top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards.
CPCE always strives to enhance the “2+2” articulation pathway by widening its programme portfolio. New academic programmes introduced in 2016/17 include: the Associate in Statistics and Data Science, the HD in Social Work, the BA (Hons) in Bilingual Studies, and the BA (Hons) Scheme in Marketing that comprises the four main specialisms of Marketing and Digital Strategy, Marketing Management, Marketing and Public Relations, and Retail and Service Management.
Currently, HKCC offers more than 30 sub-degree programmes spanning the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business, and the specialised areas of health studies and design. As for SPEED, it provides more than 20 top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards, which match closely the articulation needs of HKCC graduates in related disciplines.