2023 HKCC Graduates' Articulation Rate Reaches 90.2%, with a Record High of 71.2% Admitted to Government-funded Programmes

According to the HKCC Graduate Survey 2023, a total of 2,544 graduates articulated to bachelor's degree programmes, representing a high articulation rate of 90.2%. Among those:

Regarding articulation opportunities provided by PolyU, among the 2,544 graduates who articulated into bachelor's degree programmes, 32.1% were admitted to PolyU, while 9.7% enrolled on self-financed top-up honours degree programmes offered by PolyU SPEED. (Click here to learn more about PolyU SPEED's Conditional Offer Scheme for HKCC graduates.)

Including self-financed programmes
^ World's top 100 universities refer to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and City University of Hong Kong, which were ranked top 100 in QS World University Rankings 2024. For details, please visit www.topuniversities.com/world-university-rankings?region=Asia&countries=hk

HKCC 2003-2023 Graduate Articulation Overview

From the first cohort of graduates in 2003 to those in 2023, 39,214 HKCC graduates have articulated into bachelor's degree studies. This represents a 21-year average articulation rate of 84.3%, which ranks among the highest in Hong Kong.

The pie chart below gives you an overall picture of the distribution of articulated graduates by number and university/ institution in 2023.

2023 HKCC Graduate Articulation Overview

Source: 2023 HKCC Graduate Survey (figures as at October 2023)

Number of graduates 3,318
Number of respondents 2,820
Response rate 85%
Number of articulated graduates 2,544
Overall Articulation rate 90.2%
  • Portion for gov't-funded programmes
  • Portion for degree programmes leading to awards of the 8 UGC-funded universities

* Including self-financed programmes

Understanding Articulation Rates for Associate Degree and Higher Diploma Programmes from a Well-rounded Perspective

When enrolling in an associate degree or a higher diploma programme, articulation rates are your primary concern as such figures directly tell you the ratio of graduates articulated to a bachelor's degree programme and indirectly reflect the teaching quality of an institution. However, local institutions do not have a set of unified criteria for calculating articulation rates, resulting in numerous ways of data interpretation which may confuse you. 

The following sections explain how to interpret the articulation data of graduates of self-financing tertiary education institutions from different perspectives in an objective manner so that you can understand how high your chances of further study are in the future and make an informed choice when applying for admission.

What should I be aware of when comparing articulation rates?

  • The overall articulation rate and the actual number of articulated graduates
  • The articulation rate for the UGC-funded programmes of the 8 UGC-funded universities
  • The articulation rate for the UGC-funded Senior Year Places of the 8 UGC-funded universities
  • The articulation rates for the 8 UGC-funded universities and other institutions
  • The articulation rates for local and overseas bachelor's degree programmes
  • Year-on-year articulation rate and average articulation rate over the years

Articulation rates Q & A

Q1: What should I pay attention to when comparing the articulation rates for sub-degree graduates from different self-financing tertiary education institutions?
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Q2: Where can I find out the articulation data of different institutions?
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