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 Higher Diploma graduates can apply for degree programmes offered by The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi), a member institution of the VTC. THEI offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes for HKDSE graduates starting 2012 and is planning to admit sub-degree graduates with advanced standing in 2014.
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 Diplomas 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.
About 10,000 IVE/HKDI graduates were successfully enrolled in university in the last 3 years, of which about 40% were admitted to local universities.