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Chief Secretary John Lee today chaired the Youth Development Commission's ninth meeting where members welcomed the new youth development initiatives and the direction of reorganising the Government structure to foster and support youth development in the 2021 Policy Address.   The commission will actively follow up on the Chief Executive’s invitation to explore the introduction of a new funding scheme to subsidise eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to organise projects that are conducive to nurturing young people's positive thinking.   It will roll out a new thematic funding scheme on outdoor adventure training activities for more NGOs to provide systematic and quality outdoor adventure training activities for young people.   Members were also briefed on the latest progress of the Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme, as well as the details of relevant Polic

4 applied degree programmes set

The Education Bureau announced today that four degree programmes have been selected for the Pilot Project on the Development of Applied Degree Programmes.       The bureau launched the pilot project in December 2020 to gain experience in the practical issues involved in developing applied degree programmes and assessing the implications for the higher education system as a whole.   It selected four programmes for the project after assessing the proposals submitted by eligible self-financing post-secondary institutions.   They are Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme by Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Testing & Certification programme by The Open University, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture, Arboriculture & Landscape Management programme by the Vocational Training Council's Technological & Higher Education Institute, and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Gerontology programme by Tung Wah College.   The bureau has engaged the Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications to assist the institutions in the development of the applied degree programmes.   Subject to the satisfactory completion of accreditation, the institutions will launch the applied degree programmes in the 2022-23 academic year at the earliest.   The pilot project was launched upon a recommendation made by the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational & Professional Education & Training.
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