China – Hong Kong SAR

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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education is provided by universities and other types of tertiary institutions. The University Grants Committee (UGC) is the advisory body which makes recommendations to the Government about the development of the tertiary education sector, the financing of UGC-funded tertiary institutions and the administration of government grants to higher education. Currently, there are eight UGC-funded institutions offering publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree, degree, taught-postgraduate and research-postgraduate levels. Among the eight institutions, seven are universities with self-accrediting status. The remaining is the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) which has self-accrediting status in respect of its teacher education programmes at degree and above levels. Each of these institutions is an autonomous body with its own Ordinance and governing Council. They are free to manage their internal affairs within the restraints of the...

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