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To secure multiple pathways on both further studies and employment for candidates, the HKEAA has been working closely with university admission offices, higher education institutions, employers and professional bodies around the world to promote recognition of the HKDSE qualification.

The HKDSE qualifications have enjoyed wide recognition across the globe. The HKDSE not only provides an important credential for candidates to further their studies locally or to embark on a career, but they can also apply directly to non-local universities or institutions with their HKDSE results. Currently, nearly 140 Mainland higher education institutions and around 130 Taiwan higher education institutions have admitted Hong Kong students on the basis of their HKDSE results.

Furthermore, hundreds of tertiary institutions worldwide have published their general admission requirements for candidates holding HKDSE qualification on the HKEAA’s website and/or their official websites. The number of institutions from countries/regions like the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, the United States and Canada, Asia Pacific and Europe, etc., has increased steadily since the inaugural HKDSE in 2012.

In Germany, the HKDSE is considered as equivalent to the German school leaving certificate (Abitur) which allows subject-specific university admission for academic studies in the chosen subject area. Candidates, who attain a minimum of level 3 in the four core subjects and two elective subjects in the HKDSE (or ‘Attained’ in Citizenship and Social Development), can apply for admission to over 300 German public universities in the subject area of their HKDSE subjects. Visit the website of Anabin for details.

In addition, the HKDSE qualification has been recognised by the Nuffic of the Netherlands. Candidates, who obtain level 2 or above or ‘Attained’ in five subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language, are considered achieving a HAVO diploma for applying to the tertiary institutions there.

Feature Stories: Multiple Pathway for HKDSE Candidates (Non-local Further Studies)

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School Survey on 2024 HKDSE Candidates’ Applications to Non-local Institutions

To gain a more comprehensive understanding concerning HKDSE candidates pursuing further studies in non-local higher education institutions, so as to develop strategies to promote the recognition of the HKDSE, the HKEAA invited all secondary schools to take part in an online survey from February to March 2024. Over 150 schools responded and provided useful information about 2024 HKDSE candidates' applications to non-local institutions. Click here for the summary of the survey results.