Q 1.What disciplines and programmes are covered under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP)?
A 1.Health care, architecture and engineering, testing and certification, creative industries, logistics, and tourism and hospitality have been identified as key disciplines that are in keen and urgent demand for talent under SSSDP after the Education Bureau had consulted relevant bureaux. For details of the subsidised programmes, please refer to the programmes overview.
Q 2.Which institutions will participate in the SSSDP?
A 2.Participating institutions under SSSDP include 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.
Q 3.What are the eligibility criteria for SSSDP programmes?
A 3.Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –
  1. the programmes must be full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes; and
  2. the programmes are included in a list of designated programmes nominated by relevant bureaux for the purpose of nurturing necessary talent in support of specific industries with urgent or keen demand for human resources.
Q 4.How is the subsidy under SSSDP administered?
A 4.The unit subsidy is administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $40,000 is provided to programmes which are not laboratory-based while a higher subsidy of up to $70,000 is provided to more costly programmes which are laboratory-based. The subsidy is tenable for the normal duration of the programme concerned (i.e. four to six years) and will be disbursed to the participating institutions based on the actual enrolment of eligible students for the downward adjustment in tuition fees.
Q 5.Are the tuition fees of SSSDP programmes regulated?
A 5.Tuition fees of the programmes should generally be set with reference to the existing fee level with adjustments allowed for price movement and enhancement in teaching and learning if needed with full justifications. The actual tuition fees payable by students should reflect the subsidy under SSSDP.
Q 6.Can applicants modify their programme choices after the announcement of JUPAS offers?
A 6.No. SSSDP will follow the application procedures and ways to change the programme choices under JUPAS.
Q 7.Are non-HKDSE students eligible to apply for subsidised programmes under SSSDP?
A 7.The places of the subsidised programmes under SSSDP will be allocated mainly through JUPAS. Target applicants are HKDSE students. Should there be unfilled places after all admission rounds under JUPAS, participating institutions is allowed to admit local students via direct admission of no more than 10% of the subsidised places of each selected programme so as to maximise the use of subsidised places under the SSSDP for nurturing talent in support of sectors with keen and urgent demand for human resources.
Q 8.Can students admitted to the subsidised places under SSSDP apply for student finance?
A 8.Students in need who are admitted to the subsidised places under SSSDP can apply for the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students in respect of the actual amount of tuition fees payable (i.e. tuition fees payable after deduction of the subsidy).
Q 9.Are SSSDP students required to work in designated sectors after graduation?
A 9.SSSDP aims to increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places, nurture talent in support of specific industries in broadening and diversifying study opportunities, and offer more opportunities and wider choices for senior secondary graduates to pursue higher education. We encourage those students from the subsidised programmes under SSSDP to pursue careers in those related sectors after graduation. However, we would not impose any restriction in this regard.
Q 10.Is the list of subsidised programmes the same every year?
A 10.The programmes and number of subsidised places under SSSDP will be subject to annual review in consultation with relevant bureaux taking into account the social and economic development in Hong Kong and the needs of the industries.