A Study of the Impacts and Implications of an Innovative Admission Scheme for Hong Kong Students to Study in Universities in Mainland China
Alice Yuen Chun Te (Hong Kong Public Administration Association)
Hong Kong is a dynamic and heterogenous society which has undergone unprecedented political, economic and social changes in the past twenty years. Transit from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region of Mainland China under “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong enjoys the autonomy in formulating its own educational policies. Nevertheless, with the intrigued relationship with China, deeper collaboration and integration crossing the border tends to be an inevitable trajectory. Started in 2012, secondary school graduates have multiple pathways for personal development. Under the Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions (“Scheme”), students can be admitted to undergraduate programs in Chinese universities based on their Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination results, without taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Hong Kong students. This Scheme is unique as it is the only “government-to-government” initiative on supporting Hong Kong students studying outside Hong Kong. Students can enter 90 Mainland universities, of which half of them are Project 211 universities, and 23 are under Project 985, the top-tiered universities. This paper will review the background of the formulation, and implementation of this innovative Scheme, and discuss its impacts and implications for the students and the society.
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Theme A: Public Sector Transformations
Institutional and Policy Innovations and Reforms towards Sustainable Development