Here is all the information you need on how to get a part time degree in Hong Kong to improve your career prospects and earn more money. What are the continuing education or part time degrees available in Hong Kong? It's a well-known fact that there is an increasing shortage of places at universities in Hong Kong.

In terms of part time, distance learning or online degrees in HK, there are number of opportunities open to you.

Hong Kong University's School or Professional and Continuing Education, more widely known as HKU Space has over 20,000 students enrolled a year, and almost 3,000 full or part time teachers. They are well-known for their 10 key learning centers which are located in very convenient, city-center locations including Admiralty Centre and the United Centre in Admiralty, Hong Kong Island, the Island East Center in North Point, Mei Foo's Kowloon West Campus and others. And most recently, the HKU Space Po Leung Kuk Community College (known as HPCC) opened in the heart of Causeway Bay in 2008. HKU Space offers a wide range of part time degrees. There are 'traditional' subjects for part time degrees and doctorates within the areas of:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Architecture
  • Art, Design and the Performing Arts
  • Business and Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Information Technology and Library Science
  • Languages and Humanities
  • Law
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports Management, Exercise and Recreation
  • Engineering

And HKU Space also offers part time courses in:

  • Chinese Medicine including acupuncture and tui-na therapy
  • Life, Health and General Sciences including life, biomedical and medical laboratory sciences
  • Aviation

In addition, there are numerous short courses from Wine Studies, NLP to the PCLL Admission Conversion Examination. If you are looking for part time doctorate programmes in Hong Kong, then HKU Space, with its long tradition and strong reputation might be your first place to start looking.

Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Continuing Education (or HKBU SCE) offers a decent selection of university courses from short courses, degree programs, postgraduate, undergraduate degrees, diplomas and many more education options. Many of HKBU SCE courses are on a part time basis so you can continue to work and earn a living. Other courses are full time.

The School of Continuing Education of Hong Kong Baptist University was founded in 1975 on the notion that "learning is a lifelong process". Recently, HKBU SCE opened a 19,000 square foot learning centre in the heart of Causeway Bay. They have nine learning centres in total, and like HKU Space, they are situated in convenient locations including Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui. More than 40,000 students are enrolled for their continuing education and part-time courses every year.

Hong Kong Baptist University's School Of Continuing Education is aimed primarily at secondary school students who leave school at either Form Five or Form Seven level, or for adults who want to attend evening and weekend classes on a part-time basis to improve their knowledge, gain further qualifications and in turn enhance their job and career prospects. SCE has short courses, Diploma and Certificate programmes, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs, as well as customized training courses for both commercial entities and the government. Courses in a Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood (in collaboration with the University of Canberra, Australia), a B.Ed in Early Childhood Education, Diploma and Certificates for Putonghua Trainers and a Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals. They even have their own university-affiliated kindergarten called the Hong Kong Baptist University Kindergarten that serves as a training centre, practice base and research facility for students.

However, enrollment for continuing education in Hong Kong is not that cheap. Course fees can range in price from between HK$30,000 to HK$65,000 per year (approximately US$3,850 to US$8,300) depending on the programme picked. However, some students may be granted a subsidy from the Continuing Education Fund (or CEF). The CEF is open to Hong Kong residents aged between 18 and 65 years old and may be reimbursed up to HK$10,000 (US$1,280 approximately) or 80% of the course fees - whichever sum is less. You are only reimbursed after you have completed the course successfully. There are also means-tested loans available plus scholarships and financial assistance programs.

If you're looking for distance learning or online degree programs in HK, it would be well worth your while to look into The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). They are one of the first institutions in the Asia Pacific region to make many of their educational resources available for free for public viewing and even downloading on Apple's I-Tunes platform. The OUHK free digital learning platform provides distance learning opportunities via TV programmes, audio and video podcasts, study materials, an E-library and real-time online lectures, meetings and email or forum consultation with tutors. The Open University of HK does not just have distance learning programs, they also have fulltime and part-time face-to-face degree courses and postgraduate programs.

It is never too late to give yourself the education and qualifications you've always wanted in Hong Kong, and stay in your current employment while you do so. Set a goal and make it happen!

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