The HK Government strives to provide multiple study means, which include degree course and diploma program, for secondary school leavers, with different entry and exit points to fit their needs. Some will study bachelor degree course direct after they have completed the HKDSE in HK. Some will study sub-degree or diploma program. Upon graduation they can continue to study in top-up degree course and obtain undergraduate qualifications.
At 2016, there are currently a total of 20 local degree-awarding institutions, in which 9 are publicly-funded while 11 are self-financing ones, in Hong Kong. Students in Hong Kong are free to choose a wide diversity of postgraduate courses, degree course sub-degree program, diploma course, continuing and vocational program which best fit their interests and ability.
HK adopts a two-pronged strategy to promote the development of publicly-funded sector and self-financing sector of post-secondary education in HK. More than one-third of students have the chance to receive pursue degree-level education. When taking sub-degree places into account, there are nearly 70% of young people having an access to post-secondary education. There is also a wide range of diploma program for HK students who have graduated from secondary schools to choose from.
A list of post-secondary education institutions together offer higher diploma programs for secondary school leavers and other students in HK, of which more than 60% of the higher diploma curriculum is devoted to specialized content in specific disciplines, professions or vocational skills.
Vocational education in HK has an important role in for school leavers. It can nurture the requisite human capital in support of the development of HK. The HK Government has been giving a great importance to vocational education. VTC, Vocational Training Council, offers pre-employment and in-service vocational education and training program with its 13 member institutions and around 250 000 training places per year.
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