The Education Bureau (EDB) has introduced, starting from the 2015/16 cohort, the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) to subsidise three cohorts of students to pursue designated self-financing undergraduate programmes, providing diversified and flexible pathways for secondary school graduates.
SSSDP aims to increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places by leveraging on the supply of the self-financing sector, at the same time to nurture talent in support of specific industries with urgent or keen demand for human resources, and to encourage the self-financing education sector to offer programmes in selected disciplines that meet Hong Kong’s social and economic needs. Further, SSSDP aims to support the healthy and sustainable development pf the self-financing post-secondary education sector to complement the University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded sector in broadening and diversifying study opportunities.
In consultation with relevant bureaux, Health Care, Architecture and Engineering, Testing and Certification, Creative Industry, Logistics, and Tourism and Hospitality are identified as key disciplines that are in keen and urgent demand for talent. For the cohort to be admitted in the 2015/16 academic year, there are five participating post-secondary institutions (including Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hang Seng Management College, The Open University of Hong Kong, Tung Wah College and Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council) providing 13 programmes and offering a total of 940 subsidised places under SSSDP. As for the cohort to be admitted in the 2016/17 academic year, there are six participating post-secondary institutions (including Caritas Institute of Higher Education Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hang Seng Management College, The Open University of Hong Kong, Tung Wah College and Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council) providing 15 programmes and offering a total of 1030 subsidised places.
The unit subsidy per student per year will be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $40,000 is provided for programmes which are not laboratory-based while a higher subsidy of up to $70,000 is provided for more costly programmes which are laboratory-based. Subsidised students will only need to pay the tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy. SSSDP students with financial difficulty may apply for Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP) in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees paid. There are no specific conditions attached to students subsidised under SSSDP.
Application and Admission
Interested students can apply through the following channels:
1. Students who will be sitting for the HKDSE Examination should apply through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). For example, students who will sit for the HKDSE Examination in 2016 should apply through JUPAS commencing in September 2015. Programmes under the SSSDP are listed under “SSSDP” funding category in JUPAS.
2. The allocation result for places subsidised under SSSDP will be announced through JUPAS.
3. Should there be unfilled places after all rounds of JUPAS offer, SSSDP participating institutions will announce on their websites the number of available subsidised places for each SSSDP programme. Non-JUPAS local applicants may apply to the institutions direct. Participating institutions are allowed to admit non-JUPAS local students via direct admission of no more than 10% of the subsidised places of each selected programmes.
Mr Lit Ho-cheung, Director of Hok Yau's Guidance Centre, pointed out in the “Form 6 Further Studies Guide” that SSSDP on one hand broaden the opportunities for students to receive higher education, and on the other hand provides institutions more resources to improve the quality of their programmes. Dr Esther HO Yuk-fan, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, advised students in a seminar that while SSSDP provided students more options, students should consider their own interest and ability when making their choices.
For details of the SSSDP, please visit the website at http://www.cspe.edu.hk/sssdp.
Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)