Higher Diploma Programmes enable graduates to progress to university through the non-JUPAS route. Students may be given exemption for relevant courses and directly enter the second or third year of a degree programme.
Alternatively graduates of Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification can apply for vocationally-oriented degree programmes offered by The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of the VTC. Click here to learn about the Year-3 admission scheme for 2014 entry.
More so, Higher Diploma graduates can apply for top-up degree programmes offered by the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) – a member institution of the VTC, in collaboration with prestigious universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, the Mainland and Hong Kong. An extensive selection of programmes are provided including accounting and finance, applied science, business and management, Chinese medicinal pharmaceutics, computing and information technology, design, engineering as well as hospitality, tourism and leisure. You may find more programme details at the SHAPE website.
The IVE and HKDI Higher Diploma qualifications are well recognised by overseas universities. Graduates may be granted exemptions in relevant modules and hence, a much shorter time needed to complete the degree programme.
In 2012, more than 3,000 IVE/HKDI Higher Diploma graduates were enrolled in full-time degree programmes, of which about 40% were admitted to local universities.