The Education Bureau will subsidize 13 self-funded undergraduate courses from 2015 to help plug employment gaps, Sing Tao Daily reported Friday.
The bureau will help pay for an extra 940 undergraduate places at five tertiary institutions in the first year of the three-year trial scheme, the report said.
Acting Deputy Secretary for Education Pecvin Yong said there is urgent demand for trained staff in healthcare, construction, testing and certification, the creative industry, logistics, and tourism and hospitality.
The annual subsidy will be between HK$40,000 (US$5,161) and HK$70,000, eliminating the cost of tuition fees for many students.
Six of the subsidized courses are at the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, four are at the Open University of Hong Kong, and there is one each at the Chu Hai College, Hang Seng Management College and Tung Wah College.
Applicants will not be subject to income assessments and most of the subsidies will be distributed through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System, the report said.
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