PolyU-affiliated HKCC and SPEED Send Forth Nearly 5,000 Graduates
(21 October 2014, 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 12th Joint Graduation Ceremony on 20 and 21 October 2014.
HKCC sent forth 3,669 graduates who completed their Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) programmes. As for SPEED, it sent forth 1,282 bachelor’s degree graduates, including 319 conferred with an honours degree award.
CPCE Dean Prof. Peter Yuen, said, “This graduation ceremony has particular significance to CPCE. We witness not only a record number of graduates from both HKCC and SPEED, but also the first cohort of SPEED graduates conferred with a bachelor’s degree at honours level. Besides, HKCC graduates hit a high articulation rate of 80.6% this year. This is solid proof that CPCE, with its flexible ‘2+2’ articulation pathway, offers quality progression opportunities for secondary school leavers and sub-degree graduates.”
Dr Simon Leung, CPCE Associate Dean (Development) and HKCC Director, shared the impressive articulation performance of HKCC graduates, “Since the first cohort in 2003, more than 16,300 HKCC graduates have successfully articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes, representing an average articulation rate of 78.5%. According to our latest Graduate Survey with a response rate of 86.8%, a total of 2,567 HKCC graduates have articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes. These figures bear testimony to our students’ abilities.” For details, please refer to the 2014 HKCC Graduate Survey.
“We always put due emphasis on the enhancement of the articulation prospects for our graduates. HKCC has reached articulation agreements with over 30 universities and institutions to facilitate credit transfer or subject exemption for graduates pursuing bachelor’s degree studies. Besides, HKCC graduates can benefit greatly from CPCE’s ‘2+2’ articulation pathway. After completing their 2-year AD or HD programmes, HKCC graduates have the opportunity to articulate to SPEED to earn a PolyU-accredited honours degree in 2 years,” added Dr Leung.
The 3,669 HKCC graduates came from more than 30 AD and HD programmes spanning the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business and the specialised areas of health care and design. Closely matching the articulation needs of HKCC graduates in related disciplines, SPEED currently offers more than 20 top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU or PolyU-SPEED awards.
As part and parcel of the CPCE “2+2” articulation pathway, SPEED issues a Conditional Offer to HKCC Year-1 students. Upon completion of study at HKCC and meeting stipulated conditions, HKCC students may articulate to a top-up honours degree programme leading to a PolyU-SPEED award.
Dr Jack Lo, SPEED Director, said, “SPEED is dedicated to providing quality articulation opportunities for HKCC and other sub-degree graduates. With the support of PolyU, SPEED started offering top-up bachelor’s degree programmes at honours level in 2012/13. As from 2014/15, our full range of PolyU-SPEED award top-up degree programmes are offered at honours level. Our ‘2+2’ articulation pathway starts to bear fruit as we send forth the first batch of graduates conferred with a bachelor’s degree at honours level this year.”
“Enriching the ‘2+2’ articulation pathway will continue to be a key focus of SPEED in the coming years. SPEED plans to broaden its programme portfolio with the addition of more than 10 top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU awards as from 2015/16. These programmes, offered in collaboration with PolyU Faculties/ Departments, will span the domains of engineering, hotel and tourism management, fashion and textile studies, art and design, and social sciences,” added Dr Lo.
Established under the auspices of PolyU in 2002, CPCE oversees the day-to-day operations of the two self-financed educational units, HKCC and SPEED. HKCC is dedicated to providing quality sub-degree programmes leading to PolyU-HKCC awards. As for SPEED, apart from the top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU and PolyU-SPEED awards, it also collaborates with renowned overseas institutions, namely University of London International Programmes for offering the preparatory programmes and Northumbria University (UNN) for offering top-up degree programmes leading to the university’s award in Hong Kong.