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TitleOpening up the road to nowhere: Problems with the path to mass higher education in Hong Kong
 
AuthorsKember, D1
 
KeywordsArticulation
Associate degrees
Community colleges
Hong Kong
Mass higher education
 
Issue Date2010
 
PublisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0018-1560
 
CitationHigher Education, 2010, v. 59 n. 2, p. 167-179 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-009-9241-x
 
AbstractHong Kong has moved from elite to mass post-secondary education in a very short space of time and at little cost to the Government. Most of this spectacular expansion in participation has come through enrolments in 2 year associate degrees in recently founded community colleges, which have self-financing status. The achievement has been clouded by complaints from associate degree graduates that the articulation envisaged by the government is not working; so they are unable to obtain places for undergraduate degrees in UGC-funded universities. The value of an associate degree as a suitable terminal award for employment in a knowledge-based economy is yet to be clearly established. There must be doubts as to whether students will continue to enrol in associate degrees if they provide stepping stones to neither employment nor places in undergraduate degrees in UGC-funded universities. In an attempt to deal with the lack of articulation, some community colleges, in conjunction with overseas universities, have started to offer top-up degrees to enable associate degree graduates to convert the award to a degree. However, the resulting qualifications are seen as inferior to undergraduate degrees from the UGC-funded universities. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.
 
ISSN0018-1560
2012 Impact Factor: 0.937
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.112
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-009-9241-x
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000274037500003
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.subjectArticulation
 
dc.subjectAssociate degrees
 
dc.subjectCommunity colleges
 
dc.subjectHong Kong
 
dc.subjectMass higher education
 
dc.titleOpening up the road to nowhere: Problems with the path to mass higher education in Hong Kong
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong