PolyU-affiliated SPEED and HKCC Send Forth over 4,800 Graduates
(9 October 2013, Hong Kong) School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) and Hong Kong Community College (HKCC), the educational units of the PolyU-affiliated College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), held their 11th Joint Graduation Ceremony for over 4,800 graduates on 9 and 10 October 2013.
Both HKCC and SPEED have a record-high number of graduates this year. HKCC has sent forth over 3,500 graduates who completed their Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) programmes. As for SPEED, amongst its nearly 1,300 graduates, around 1,250 are conferred with Bachelor’s degree, with the others obtaining qualifications including Associate of Arts/ Science, and Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Diploma/ Certificate.
Dr Simon Leung, Associate Dean (Development) of CPCE and Director of HKCC, said, “From the first cohort of graduates in 2003 to those in 2013, more than 13,700 HKCC graduates have successfully articulated to Bachelor’s degree programmes, representing an average articulation rate of 78.1%. The articulation rate this year is 79.2%. Besides graduates who have completed their two-year study at HKCC, more than 160 Year 1 HKCC students, due to their distinctive performance in study or other areas, have also been admitted by local universities. The encouraging articulation performance bears testimony to our quality programmes, caring teaching staff, diversified co-curricular activities and well-equipped campuses.”
This year, a total of 2,390 HKCC graduates articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes. Among them, 798 (about 33%) were admitted to PolyU, representing the highest proportion of articulated graduates. Besides, 514 (about 22%) enrolled in SPEED’s self-financed top-up degree programmes. For details, please refer to the 2013 HKCC Graduate Survey.
The HKCC graduates came from more than 30 Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes spanning the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business, design and the specialised area of health care.
With a primary focus on providing quality yet flexible articulation pathways for sub-degree graduates, SPEED currently offers 15 PolyU-SPEED award top-up Bachelor’s degree programmes, including 12 at honours degree level. These programmes closely match the articulation needs of HKCC graduates from related disciplines. Since 2003, more than 2,400 HKCC graduates have articulated to PolyU-SPEED award programmes.
Dr Jack Lo, Director of SPEED, said “Efforts are now in full swing at SPEED to support CPCE’s strategic direction of offering a ‘2+2’ articulation model – under which HKCC graduates completing the 2-year AD or HD programmes have the opportunities to articulate to the 2-year PolyU-SPEED award top-up Bachelor’s honours degree programmes. To offer more quality articulation opportunities to sub-degree graduates, SPEED plans to offer its full spectrum of PolyU-SPEED award top-up Bachelor’s degree programmes at honours degree level by the 2014/15 academic year. The School is also vigorously broadening its programme portfolio, planning to launch new programmes under the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Applied Sciences in the next academic year.
In the last academic year, SPEED introduced the PolyU award top-up honours degree programme, namely BSc (Hons) in Applied Ageing Studies through its collaboration with the PolyU Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. SPEED’s future plan is to continue to collaborate with PolyU faculties or take over from them for the provision of more self-financed top-up Bachelor’s honours degree programmes. The School plans to launch the PolyU-SPEED award programme BBA (Hons) in Accountancy, as well as the PolyU-award programmes namely BA (Hons) in Bilingual Studies and BA (Hons) in English and Professional Communication in the 2014/15 academic year.
In addition, SPEED collaborates with renowned overseas institutions namely University of London International Programmes and Northumbria University (UNN) to offer preparatory programmes and top-up Bachelor’s degree programmes leading to their awards in Hong Kong respectively.