Students intending to further their studies in Mainland China/places outside Hong Kong, please refer to general information about places of study, FAQs (Chinese version only) and Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No.82/2017 for information search prior to making decisions. For further information, please contact the designated institutions and consulting organisations.
Recognition of HKDSE Qualifications
To secure multiple pathways on both further studies and employment for candidates, the Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) has been working closely with university admissionoffices, higher education institutions, employers and professionalbodies around the world to promote recognition of HKDSE qualifications.
Recognition of Non-local Qualifications
Recognition of non-local qualifications awarded by granting institutions outside Hong Kong for study, employment or registration in Hong Kong is at the discretion of the relevant education institutions, employers or organisations. The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) offers the only Qualifications Assessment (QA) service in Hong Kong to assess non-local educational qualifications awarded by non-local granting bodies to individuals. The outcome of each assessment is a professional opinion on whether the non-local qualification meets the standard of a particular level of qualification in Hong Kong which the individual can use for employment or further study purposes. Starting from 8 January 2018, you can access our online application platform via the HKCAAVQ website’s quick link QA i-Portal. More details can be found here (link). Students who wish to further their study outside Hong Kong should take due account of the learning outcomes and quality of delivery of the educational programmes concerned which are key assessment criteria in the qualifications assessment conducted by HKCAAVQ.
To promote co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong in education and student exchanges, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees in Higher Education (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Education and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in July 2004. The MoU facilitates the mutual recognition of academic qualifications awarded in both places for the purpose of further studies in recognised Mainland and Hong Kong higher education institutions with powers to award degrees at Bachelor's level or above. The list of recognised higher education institutions in both places are attached as Annex to the MoU and updated regularly. The MoU is the only of its type covering mutual recognition of academic degrees in higher education that has been signed by Hong Kong and another place so far.