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      12 OUHK programmes selected under new round of SSSDP offer over 1,000 subsidized places 01/08/2017
       
     

    The Education Bureau announced today (1 Aug) the details of the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) for the 2018/19 academic year. Among the 2,776 subsidized places, 1,040 places for 12 full-time undergraduate programmes offered by The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) will receive the subsidy (see Table 1).

    SSSDP was first introduced in 2015, at which four OUHK programmes were included in the scheme to offer 350 subsidized places, namely the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Animation and Visual Effects, Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care, Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care, and Bachelor of Science with Honours in Testing and Certification.

    More OUHK programmes have been selected under the expanded and regularized Scheme to cover a wider range of academic disciplines such as financial technology, creative arts and film arts, and sports management. The number of subsidized places offered by the University has been significantly increased to 1,040, benefiting more local students.

    According to the Government's announcement, current students of the newly-added designated programmes will start to receive the subsidy from the 2018/19 academic year. A yearly subsidy of $40,000 will be provided to each student admitted to a SSSDP programme while laboratory-based programme with higher operating costs will receive a higher subsidy of $70,000 per year.

    The President of the OUHK Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong welcomes the Government's new initiative. "The further expansion and regularization of the SSSDP not only alleviates the financial burden of students, but also facilitates the development of self-financing post-secondary sector. It encourages these institutions to develop more professional and practical programmes to meet the future needs of Hong Kong. In the long run, the teaching and learning quality of self-financed institutions (SFIs) will definitely be enhanced." Prof. Wong added that the OUHK has been granted more than one-third of the subsidized places, which is the largest share among local SFIs. It demonstrates the Government’s recognition of the programme quality offered by the OUHK.

    Furthermore, starting from the 2017/18 academic year, the Government will provide a non-means-tested annual subsidy of $30,000 for eligible students who enroll in recognized local self-financing degree programmes. Students who meet the entry requirements for a university degree programme will now have more study options. For students who are enrolled this year in any of the programmes which will become SSSDP programmes in 2018/19, the subsidy they receive will be increased from $30,000 this year to $40,000 or $70,000 next year.

    Prof. Wong believes that the new measure would encourage more students to enroll in local SFIs and help stabilize the intake of students for the institutions. It would also facilitate long-term academic planning for SFIs and further development of the tertiary education sector in Hong Kong.



    About the OUHK:

    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has developed into a full-fledged university providing high quality and flexible university education at various levels to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes to more than 9,500 full-time students and 10,000 part-time students. Our mission is to advance learning, knowledge and research that meet students’ learning aspirations and society's talent needs, focusing on practical and professional programmes.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. OUHK website: www.ouhk.edu.hk

    Table´╝ÜSSSDP programmes offered by OUHK in 2018/19 academic year
    Programme No. of  Subsidized Places  Unit Subsidy
    (per Annum)
    Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Creative Writing and Film Arts 80 $40,000
    Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Animation and Visual Effects 80 $70,000
    Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Cinematic Design and Photographic Digital Art 80 $70,000
    Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Business Intelligence and Analytics 50 $40,000
    Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Financial Technology 80 $40,000
    Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Global Marketing and Supply Chain Management 50 $40,000
    Bachelor of Computing with Honours in Internet Technology 60 $40,000
    Bachelor of International Hospitality and Attraction Management with Honours  80  $40,000
    Bachelor of Sports and Recreation Management with Honours 40  $40,000
    Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Testing and Certification 100  $70,000
    Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in General Health Care 270 $70,000
    Bachelor of Nursing with Honours in Mental Health Care 70 $70,000
    Total No. of Subsidized Places: 1,040  
     
       
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