PolyU-affiliated HKCC and SPEED Celebrate the Graduation of over 4,300 Students in their 14th Joint Graduation Ceremony
(21 November 2016, 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 14th Joint Graduation Ceremony on 19 and 20 November 2016. HKCC sent forth more than 2,800 graduates who earned their Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD). As for SPEED, it sent forth nearly 1,510 bachelor’s degree graduates, including 1,416 conferred with an honours degree award.
HKCC Graduates Hit a Record High Articulation Rate ─ 89.3%
Dr Simon Leung, CPCE Associate Dean (Development) and HKCC Director, said, “According to the 2016 Graduation Survey which had a response rate of 88%, a total of 2,207 HKCC graduates articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes, representing a record high articulation rate of 89.3%. What’s more, among the articulated graduates, those admitted to UGC-funded bachelor’s degree programmes reached a record high of 56.6%. In other words, one out of every two articulated HKCC graduates was admitted to a government-funded bachelor’s degree programme. Seeing HKCC stepping into its 15th Anniversary in 2016, I take great pride in these record-breaking articulation figures that represent a landmark achievement of HKCC.” (Please refer to the Annex for an overview of the HKCC Graduate Survey 2016.)
“Over the past 15 years, HKCC has been offering quality AD and HD programmes to help secondary school graduates build a solid foundation for further studies or career development. Since the first cohort in 2003, more than 20,700 HKCC graduates have successfully articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes, representing a 14-year average articulation rate of over 80%. Among the 2,207 HKCC graduates articulated this year, more than 520 (23.6%) were admitted to the bachelor’s degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards. This reflects the significance of the CPCE ‘2+2’ articulation pathway for HKCC graduates,” added Dr Leung.
Enhancing CPCE “2+2” Articulation Pathway with New Top-up Honours Degree Programmes
The flexible CPCE “2+2” articulation pathway enhances substantially the articulation prospects of HKCC graduates. After completing their 2-year sub-degree study, HKCC graduates have the opportunity to articulate to SPEED’s 2-year top-up honours degree programmes.
As part and parcel of the “2+2” articulation pathway, SPEED issues a Conditional Offer to HKCC Year-1 students. Upon completing their study at HKCC and meeting the stipulated requirements of the Conditional Offer, HKCC students can articulate to SPEED’s 2-year top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU-SPEED awards.
Dr Jack Lo, SPEED Director, said, “SPEED is committed to providing quality articulation opportunities for HKCC and other sub-degree graduates. To enhance the CPCE ‘2+2’ articulation pathway, SPEED has been actively expanding its range of top-up honours degree programmes in recent years. Among those leading to PolyU-SPEED awards, the BA (Hons) in Business (Health Services Management) is a new programme proposed to be introduced under the existing BA (Hons) Scheme in Business as from 2017/18. In addition, the BSc (Hons) in Surveying and the BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management are planned to be offered as PolyU-SPEED award programmes, after their transferal from the PolyU Department of Building and Real Estate to SPEED as from the next academic year.”
HKCC and SPEED are two self-financed educational units operating under the auspices of CPCE, which was founded by PolyU in 2002. HKCC currently 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.
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