HKCC and SPEED welcome new students for the 2015/16 academic year with a full-fledged “2+2” articulation pathway
On 29 August 2015, 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 educational units, Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED). These students are enrolled in the PolyU-HKCC award associate degree and higher diploma 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 CPCE, through its two educational units of HKCC and SPEED, offers highly integrated academic and professional programmes for learners to pursue higher academic qualifications. In particular, HKCC’s sub-degree programmes and SPEED’s top-up honours degree programmes play an important role of “offering youngsters an alternative pathway to pursue university education”.
In his welcoming address, CPCE Dean Prof. Peter Yuen remarked that CPCE strives to deliver education of the highest quality, and he shared with the freshmen the latest development of CPCE’s flexible “2+2” articulation pathway that leads to PolyU-accredited degrees. “After completing their 2-year AD or HD programmes, HKCC graduates have the opportunity to join SPEED and articulate to the 2-year top-up honours degree programmes, which lead to PolyU or PolyU-SPEED awards. I am delighted to share with you that as from 2015/16, the ‘2+2’ articulation pathway has further been enriched through the close collaboration among HKCC, SPEED and PolyU faculties/ departments.”
To address the manpower needs of the community, two new programmes, namely Higher Diploma in Aircraft Services Engineering and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences (Statistics and Data Science), are receiving their first cohort of students. Additionally, SPEED has enhanced its collaboration with PolyU faculties and departments to offer diversified PolyU award top-up honours degree programmes, covering the disciplines of construction and environment, design, engineering, hotel and tourism management, humanities and social sciences.
In 2015/16, 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 30 top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU or PolyU-SPEED awards, which match closely the articulation needs of HKCC graduates in related disciplines.
Since the first cohort of graduates in 2003, more than 16,300 HKCC graduates have articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes. This represents a 12-year average articulation rate of 78.5%, which ranks among the highest in Hong Kong. The impressive articulation figures bear testimony to students’ abilities, as well as academic staff’s dedicated efforts in fostering students’ all-round development.
The new academic year also marks a key milestone in the development of CPCE with the establishment of its Student Affairs Office (CSAO). Ir Dr Joseph So, Head of Student Affairs, said, “With a mission to foster students’ holistic development, CSAO provides three main areas of services, namely Personal Growth, Counselling Services, and Further Studies and Career Services. Students will be offered a wide range of co-curricular activities as well as opportunities to serve the community.”
Established under the auspices of PolyU in 2002, CPCE oversees the day-to-day operations of two self-financed educational units of HKCC and SPEED. HKCC is dedicated to the provision of quality sub-degree programmes. As for SPEED, apart from the top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU and PolyU-SPEED awards, the School also offers programmes/ courses in collaboration with the University of London and Northumbria University (UNN), as well as courses for continuous professional development and lifelong learning.