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Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students

Introduction

The Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students is a pilot project launched by the HKSAR government to subsidize on a matching basis post-secondary students participating in short-term internship or learning programmes in the Mainland.

Objective

Through subsidizing post-secondary students to participate in short-term programmes in the Mainland, the government wish to encourage more young people to see for themselves and learn more about the prevailing social, economic and cultural landscape of our country through these programmes. The experience will also facilitate students’ long-term career development.

Eligibility

Students

  • Both local and non-local students who enrolled in full-time UGC funded post-secondary programmes at sub-degree and degree levels.
  • Participation is on a voluntary basis.
  • Each student can only enjoy the scheme once, irrespective of the amount of subsidy they receive.

Programme Providers

  • All programmes must be arranged / endorsed by the university.
  • Programme providers should set out in their proposals the programme objectives and details, the number of beneficiaries and a budget proposal. Programme providers should also provide in the budget proposal an estimated cost breakdown of the programmes, amount of funds raised for the Scheme and fees to be collected from each participating student.
  • An evaluation report should be submitted to the government at the end of each year. The reports should include a review of the programmes, evaluation of the programmes achievements, students’ feedback and the Financial Reports.

Sample outline of evaluation report

1. Details of programmes held in the year, including the following:

  • Programme name
  • Timeframe
  • Objective
  • Number of participants
  • Itinerary
  • Cost and funding source

2. Evaluation of programme achievements, including students’ feedback

Cost distribution

Fees to be charged from students should normally not exceed 15% of the cost per capita. The matching grant provided by the government can be used to subsidize each participating student up to $3,000 or 50% of the cost per capita (whichever is lower), and it should be used for direct costs arising from the programmes but not for covering day-to-day operational and administration costs.