The Education Bureau (EDB) today announced the list of Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) for the 2024/25 academic year, which will subsidise a total of 32 sub-degree programmes in eight post-secondary institutions, including three new programmes, namely Food Science and Food Safety, Cyber Security, and Higher Diploma in Nursing. The number of subsidised places in the next academic year will be 2,330, representing an increase of about 4% or 92 places over the previous year.


In the next academic year, the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors will provide funding for 3 additional programmes and 92 places. (File photo)

According to the Education Bureau, 24 designated sub-degree programmes will be included in the SSSDP scheme in the 25/32 academic year, which fall into six areas with high demand for talents, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, nursing, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality. The three new programmes include Food Science and Food Safety, Cyber Safety, and Higher Diploma in Nursing, with 45, 35 and 80 places respectively.

HKU Po Leung Stanley Ho Community College accounted for the largest number of subsidised places

The number of subsidised places in the next academic year will be 2,330, representing an increase of about 4% or 92 places over the previous year. Among them, the sub-degree programmes of Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College, School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong accounted for the largest number of subsidised places, accounting for 860 places. followed by the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (including the Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education), accounting for 615; In addition, Caritas Bianchi Bianchi Vocational School accounted for 425.

According to the Education Bureau, the amount of subsidy for the next school year will be adjusted according to the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index. The annual subsidy for laboratory-based programmes will be increased from $39,140 to $39,890 in the current academic year, while the subsidy for non-laboratory-based programmes will be increased from $22,480 to $22,910 per year.

The adjusted subsidy amount is applicable to eligible new and returning students, and the subsidy will be disbursed during the normal study period of the programme. Aided students are only required to pay the tuition fees after deducting the financial aid, and students in need can still apply for student financial assistance from the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFFAA).

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