What Happened to Sub-degree Engineering Students Under Education Reform In Hong Kong?



The recent 3-3-4 education reform changed both secondary and tertiary education structures in Hong Kong. Most undergraduate programmes had the new curriculum extended from 3 years to 4 years and admitted students from senior secondary 3 (equivalent of S6) starting from September 2012. On the contrary, a number of publicly-funded sub-degree programmes continued to provide a 2-year curriculum while admitting both Form 7 students (under the previous curricular system) and S6 students to the same 2012 cohort of study. The present article aims to study this unique situation by comparing the academic performance of these two groups of students enrolled to the same engineering programme, as well as studying the findings from a programme-wide questionnaire survey to identify the factors affecting students’ selection of major and the challenges that sub-degree engineering students experience after the 3-3-4 transition. The article concludes by discussing the ways to help maintain the academic performance of students at a high level after programme restructuring and the results of the study can be used to form part of a review of the sub-degree education in Hong Kong.


Higher education, Hong Kong, Education reform, Sub-degree engineering students

Publication Date

2017-02-02 19:47:15


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