Supporting Hong Kong Students
Common Recruitment Examination and Basic Law Test in 2019
The coming Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) and Basic Law Test (BLT) (Degree / Professional Grades) is scheduled to be held on 5 and 12 October 2019 in Hong Kong. Application periods for this round of CRE and BLT will be from 2 to 15 August 2019. For more details of the aforesaid examination / test, please refer to the following webpage of the Civil Service Examination Unit: https://www.csb.gov.hk/english/recruit/cre/949.html
Funding Scheme for Activities Organised by Hong Kong Students in Taiwan
Hong Kong students in Taiwan are invited to apply for funding from HKETCO to organise activities for the promotion of academic and cultural exchanges, as well as for strengthening liaison among Hong Kong students. For details, please read the documents below (available in Chinese only):
Internship programmes of HKETCO and 2019 Post-Secondary Student Summer Internship Programme
The Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) will make available full-time internship opportunities in summer and part-time internship opportunities during the academic year for students in Taiwan. Applications will be open in April and May. Students who are interested may refer to the relevant announcement to be published.
Besides, the Hong Kong Government has launched the 2019 Post-Secondary Student Summer Internship Programme. Students who are Hong Kong permanent residents and enrolled in full-time accredited post-secondary programmes offered by post-secondary institutions outside Hong Kong can also submit their applications. Bureaux/departments will advertise their internship placement opportunities (where applicable) on their respective departmental websites and the Civil Service Bureau’s website. For more details, please refer to the following webpages:
Hong Kong Students Taking Up Part-time Jobs or Internships while Studying in Taiwan
According to the relevant requirements of the Taiwan Authorities, Hong Kong students who have been officially enrolled in a school to take courses in a division, department or graduate institute thereof may apply for work permits for taking up part-time jobs. With the exception of the winter and summer vacations, the sum of working hours of each student shall not exceed 20 hours per week. For details, please refer to the relevant website of Taiwan's "Workforce Development Agency".
Besides, off-campus internship can possibly be regarded as a full-time or part-time work, even if the internship is part of the study course. Students may therefore be required to apply for work permits before joining the internship and be subject to the 20-hour-per-week work limit. To avoid violating the local regulations, Hong Kong students are advised to refer to the relevant requirements (in Chinese only) and clarify with the school if necessary.
Working or Starting up Businesses in Hong Kong after Graduation
The Labour Department (LD) launched the Higher Education Employment Information e-Platform in December 2016. Hong Kong students who are/were educated in tertiary institutes outside Hong Kong may search and apply for suitable job openings through this new dedicated webpage. The "Employment Information" section of the e-platform also provides job seekers with relevant information on Hong Kong’s local working environment, including an overview of employment in Hong Kong, key industries, qualification requirements of selected occupations, civil services vacancies, employment services in Hong Kong and so on.
Furthermore, a dedicated webpage on "Job Hunting Tips for the Youth" is set up in the GovHK website, providing information on career planning, searching for jobs online, as well as job hunting skills (such as tips on writing a CV and preparing for an interview) etc. The webpage also contains hyperlinks to Youth.gov.hk, a one-stop portal set up by the Hong Kong Government for young people with sections on "Career and Study" and "Job Seeking, as well as the "Youth Employment Start" (Y.E.S.) and the "Interactive Employment Service" of the Labour Department of Hong Kong. Students who are interested in starting up businesses in Hong Kong may also refer to the "Startup" section of Youth.gov.hk, and iStartup@hk which is dedicated for tech startups.
In order to assist and encourage Hong Kong students in Taiwan who are about to graduate to start their career development planning early, the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) will host career talks from time to time. Interested students may refer to the announcements on the page.
The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) provides assessment services on qualifications awarded by granting bodies outside Hong Kong. The HKCAAVQ offers a professional opinion on whether the totality of the educational qualifications (i.e. the integrated learning outcomes of the highest qualification) of an individual meets the standard of a particular level of qualification in Hong Kong (for example, Bachelor Degree at Level 5 of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework).
The assessment is conducted on an individual basis to assess a person's educational attainments in totality by comparing the learning outcomes achieved through their learning path against a particular level of qualification in Hong Kong. The assessment is not an accreditation of an institution or a programme, and the outcome pertains only to the individual applicant being assessed.
Please refer to the website of the HKCAAVQ for the relevant details. Details about the documentary evidence required for qualifications assessment are contained in paragraphs 8 to 13 in the Guidance Notes for Applications which is accessible from the website.
Besides, for more details about the standards, qualifications and registration of different professions in Hong Kong, please refer to the respective professional organisations, boards and councils. The hyperlinks of those organisations / boards / councils can be found in the the Higher Education Employment Information e-Platform.
Hong Kong Students Studying in Taiwan to Work in Taiwan after Graduation
According to the relevant requirements of the Taiwan Authorities, Hong Kong students studying in Taiwan may apply for working in Taiwan after graduation by:
- fulfilling prevailing requirements relating to wages and work experience etc.; and
- applying under the "New Scoring Criteria for Foreign and Overseas Chinese Students to Work in Taiwan".
For details, please refer to the relevant website of Taiwan's "Workforce Development Agency".
APEC Scholarship and Internship Initiative
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) formally launched the APEC Scholarship and Internship Initiative in February 2015. The Initiative aims to promote the creation of privately and publicly funded scholarship, training and internship opportunities to benefit students and young professionals in APEC member economies (in particular those from developing economies).
Hong Kong participates in APEC using the name "Hong Kong, China", and actively supports this initiative. Starting from the 2014/15 academic year, non-local recipients of the "HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund" Note originate from APEC member economies are also awarded the "Hong Kong, China - APEC Scholarship". In addition, a number of tertiary institutions and companies in Hong Kong have also contributed various scholarship and internship places under this initiative. Further details can be found in the relevant website.
Note The Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 to recognize outstanding local and non-local students, so as to attract outstanding local students to advance their studies at home, and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong. Details can be found in the relevant website.