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    Newsletter for international Higher Education Sector on the update of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education - Issue 5    
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Welcome to the fifth issue of the HKDSE newsletter, which provides information on the progress of the new HKDSE examination being developed by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) to be launched in 2012, when the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) will then be phased out.

In this issue, the following will be covered:

 Positive feedback on international recognition of the HKDSE
 Promoting HKDSE to the mainland

If you wish to make any comments or if you have any questions, please write to Rebecca Tam, International Recognition Officer ( international@hkeaa.edu.hk ).

     Positive feedback on international recognition of the HKDSE     

In response to a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) and the Education Bureau (EDB) of Hong Kong, on the admission requirements for holders of the HKDSE, universities from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have announced their admission requirements for the new qualification. Positive responses from the overseas universities was published on the HKEAA website (Recognition of Qualifications for HKDSE) in January this year. Overseas institutions will continue to provide feedback on the HKDSE, and the admission requirements for HKDSE holders will be published accordingly.


For more information on the HKDSE and Hong Kong's new academic structure, please go to the following webpages for more information:
HKEAA: http://www.hkeaa.edu.hk/en/hkdse/
EDB: http://334.edb.hkedcity.net/EN/overseas/

Following the HKEAA and EDB visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to promote the new academic structure and the HKDSE qualification in June 2010, the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, the University of Warwick, the University of Kent, King's College London and Sheffield Hallam University were among the first to announce admissions requirements for HKDSE students. The University of Cambridge also announced admissions requirements for HKDSE students at the end of 2010. These institutions were positive about the admissions requirements for Hong Kong students completing the HKDSE for direct entry to their three-year undergraduate programmes:

Updates on UK university entry requirements for Hong Kong students

     Promoting HKDSE to the mainland       

We have also paid several visits to the mainland in the past few months for the recognition of the HKDSE, and conducted exchanges on education reform.


Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are three mainland cities becoming increasingly popular with Hong Kong students wishing to further pursue their studies in China. The HKEAA and EDB delegation visited the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Tsinghua University, Peking University and the Beijing No. 8 Middle School in Beijing in November 2010. They also met representatives from Fudan University, Tongji University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and East China Normal University in Shanghai in December 2010. In January 2011, the EDB and HKEAA delegation also visited Guangzhou to meet representatives from the Jinan University, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and some middle schools in Guangdong Province.


During these meetings, the delegation introduced the new academic structure and the HKDSE. At the same time, representatives of mainland institutions were able to discuss admission requirements with regards to the HKDSE. Hong Kong students are currently required to take the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities in PRC should they wish to apply to study undergraduate programmes at mainland universities.




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