PolyU-affiliated SPEED and HKCC Send Forth Nearly 4,200 Graduates
(19 October 2015, 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 13th Joint Graduation Ceremony on 15 and 16 October 2015.
SPEED sent forth 1,238 bachelor’s degree graduates, including 904 conferred with an honours degree award. As for HKCC, it sent forth 2,940 graduates who completed their Associate Degree (AD) or Higher Diploma (HD) programmes.
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 18,500 HKCC graduates have successfully articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes, representing an average articulation rate of 79.3%. According to the 2015 Graduate Survey with a response rate of 87.6%, a total of 2,192 HKCC graduates articulated to bachelor’s degree programmes. This means that this year HKCC graduates hit a record high articulation rate of 85.2%; what is more, 51.7% of these graduates are articulating into UGC-funded bachelor’s degree programmes. The encouraging articulation performance bears testimony to our students’ abilities.” For details, please refer to the 2015 HKCC Graduate Survey.
To enhance the articulation prospects for HKCC graduates, CPCE has put in place a flexible “2+2” articulation pathway leading to PolyU accredited degrees. After completing their 2-year sub-degree 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.
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 PolyU-SPEED award top-up honours degree programmes.
SPEED currently offers more than 30 top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU or PolyU-SPEED awards. These programmes match closely with the articulation needs of HKCC graduates who came from more than 30 AD and HD programmes spanning the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business and the specialised areas of health studies and design.
Dr Jack Lo, SPEED Director, said, “With a commitment to providing quality articulation opportunities for HKCC and other sub-degree graduates, SPEED has been vigorously expanding its programme portfolio in recent years. For PolyU-SPEED award programmes, following the launch of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Sciences (Statistics and Data Science) this academic year, SPEED proposes to introduce the BA (Hons) Scheme in Marketing and the BA (Hons) in Bilingual Studies programme as from 2016/17. In addition, SPEED has been enhancing its collaboration with PolyU Faculties/ Departments to offer diversified top-up honours degree programmes leading to PolyU awards.”
To address the community needs, HKCC has also been broadening its range of sub-degree programmes. The launch of the HD in Aircraft Services Engineering in 2015/16 will be followed by the proposed introduction of the HD in Social Work and the Associate in Statistics and Data Science as from the next academic year.
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.