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School Nominations Direct Admission Scheme


A.   Introduction

As per the recommendations of the Task Force on Review of School Curriculum (final report published in September 2020), the School Nominations Direct Admission Scheme (SNDAS) is introduced with the aim of recognising the talent of local secondary students that could not be fully assessed by the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.  It is a “programme-student matching exercise” in essence that provides opportunities for secondary students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and interests in specific disciplines / areas to be considered for direct admission to local universities.

B.   Launching of SNDAS

SNDAS will be launched in the 2022/23 academic year and open for application by Secondary 6 students taking the 2022 HKDSE Examination and commencing their undergraduate studies in September 2022


Eligibility

Students meeting the following criteria will be eligible for nomination under SNDAS:

(a)     Local students pursuing the local secondary curriculum and taking the 2022 HKDSE Examination; and

(b)     MUST apply for admission to universities through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) in
           parallel.

Note  Students nominated for the School Principal’s Nominations Scheme (SPNS) under JUPAS will not be eligible for
          nomination under SNDAS, and vice versa.
 


Application Arrangement

Secondary Schools

The SNDAS nomination period will run from 6 October to 8 December 2021.  Each local secondary school has a quota of two nominations for nominating students with exceptional talents and interests in specific disciplines / areas.  Each student nominee can apply for admission to one designated University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded undergraduate programme participating in SNDAS.

SNDAS nominations are to be submitted by secondary school principals.  The nominations will also be verified by the Education Bureau (EDB).

Student Nominees

SNDAS will be implemented in parallel with the JUPAS route.  Students nominated for SNDAS should submit their JUPAS applications and any necessary documents in accordance with the guidelines and deadlines set by the JUPAS Office.   Moreover, student nominees MUST include the chosen SNDAS-participating undergraduate programme as one of their 20 JUPAS programme choices.

Universities

The eight UGC-funded universities have designated a total of 146 publicly-funded undergraduate programmes to participate in SNDAS in the 2022/23 academic year (updated as at 8 October 2021).

Please click herefor the specific admission requirements for each programme.
Participating universities will arrange interviews for ALL students nominated for SNDAS to assess the suitability of the nominees for specific programmes between January and early June 2022.  Written / practical assessments may also be arranged.


Announcement and Acceptance of Offers

Participating universities will make firm offers to successful SNDAS student nominees in June 2022, prior to the release of the 2022 HKDSE Examination results

Successful nominees MUST decide whether to accept the offer BEFORE the release of the 2022 HKDSE Examination results.  Once accepted, the firm offer will be binding and the nominees WILL NOT be considered / accepted by other programmes regardless of their HKDSE Examination results.  Their JUPAS applications will automatically be removed from the JUPAS application system.  Successful nominees who have accepted the firm offer will commence study for their chosen programme in September 2022. 

For unsuccessful nominees (i.e. those who did not receive / rejected the SNDAS offer), their JUPAS applications will continue to be processed and be considered by the JUPAS-participating institutions for admission to their programmes following the release of the 2022 HKDSE Examination results.


C.   Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the list of FAQs.

D.   Enquiry

General enquiries on the implementation of SNDAS can be directed to EDB at 3509 7401 or sndas@edb.gov.hk

For enquiries on admission requirements of specific SNDAS-participating programmes, please contact the relevant universities direct.  Contact information is provided here.