SSSDP was launched as a new initiative under the 2014 Policy Address to subsidise about 1 000 students per cohort starting from the 2015/16 academic year to pursue designated full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes in selected disciplines.
It has been announced in the 2017 Policy Address that SSSDP would be regularised in the 2018/19 academic year with an increase in the number of subsidised places to about 3 000 per cohort. Current students of the eligible places of designated programmes will also receive the subsidy from the 2018/19 academic year onwards.
The Scheme aims to achieve the following objectives:
- To increase the supply of subsidised undergraduate places by leveraging the supply of the self-financing sector;
- To nurture talent in support of specific industries with keen demand for human resources;
- To encourage the self-financing education sector to offer programmes in selected disciplines that meet Hong Kong’s social and economic needs by providing targeted financial support; and
- To support the healthy and sustainable development of the self-financing post-secondary education sector to complement the University Grants Committee-funded sector in broadening and diversifying study opportunities.
Eligible programmes must meet the following requirements –
- the programmes must be full-time locally-accredited self-financing undergraduate programmes;
- 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 keen demand for human resources; and
- The actual annual tuition fees payable by students should include downward adjustment to reflect the subsidy under the Scheme.
SSSDP will continue to be administered by a two-tier arrangement in which a subsidy of up to $71,700 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a laboratory-based programme while a subsidy of up to $41,000 per academic year will be provided to each student admitted to a programme that is not laboratory-based1.
It has been announced in the 2018 Policy Address that starting from the 2019/20 academic year, about 2 000 students per cohort will be subsidised to pursue designated self-financing sub-degree programmes through SSSDP. Current students of the designated programmes will also receive the subsidy starting from the 2019/20 academic year. In the 2019/20 academic year, the subsidised places will not be allocated through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System. The arrangements of allocation of subsidised places and the details of the designated self-financing sub-degree programmes, etc. will be announced later.
1 The Government announced on 22.8.2018 that the subsidy amount of SSSDP in the 2019/20 academic year will be adjusted upward according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy amounts for laboratory-based programmes and non-laboratory-based programmes will be increased to $72,800 and $41,700 respectively.
Last Review Date: 16/10/2018