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ERIC Number: ED459891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Associate Degree in Hong Kong. Final Report of a Consultancy Study Commissioned by the Education and Manpower Bureau and Undertaken by the Federation for Continuing Education in Teaching Institutions.
In an effort to increase access to education and set up a comprehensive qualification framework, Hong Kong's Education Commission made key recommendations to the government in May 2000. Those recommendations included the development of a diversified, multi-channel, multi-layer higher education system. Three of Hong Kong's higher education institutions launched the Associate Degree (AD) program, loosely modeled on the United States and Canadian Associate of Arts degree programs. The AD program in Hong Kong should serve to develop a more diversified higher education structure and fulfill the need for a more highly educated workforce. A 60% increase in enrollment is a planning target--a total additional postsecondary enrollment of 82,400. The AD program structure requires 450 contact hours in a 2-year curriculum. Twenty percent of the AD curriculum should include non-specialized general education in those programs that are highly specialized. For other less specialized disciplines, the general education proportion should be closer to 40%. AD graduates should possess a solid foundation of generic skills, including Chinese and English languages, basic information technology applications, and interpersonal, communications, quantitative, and analytic skills. (Contains 23 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong