- 7.1 Graduation Process
For students who are admitted to the University in September, the graduation process is as follows:
Remarks: The above schedule is for reference only. The exact timetable will be announced by each faculty. For some study programmes which do not end in May, the delivery of grade report and graduation certificate will be postponed.
The graduation ceremony is held in November each year. The date of ceremony for each faculty is different. Graduation certificates will be delivered in the graduation ceremony. Students who cannot attend the ceremony for any reasons may authorize a representative to collect the certificate by presenting his/her HKID card/passport, a copy of the student’s HKID card and a completed “Authorization Form for the Collection of Diploma”.
For more details, please refer to:
The certifying letter (Approval for Graduation) is a document which proves that a student has already fulfilled all the graduation requirements and completed the study programme. For undergraduates, the letter is issued by the Academic Registry. For postgraduates, it is mailed to the students’ address as stated in BUniport by the Graduate School. As each postgraduate student may complete their programme at different time, their time of receiving the letter also varies. Usually the earliest students will receive the letter is mid-July.
Graduates must apply for the Foreign Education Certification as soon as they have returned to Mainland. The certificate is a necessary proof for having graduated from a degree obtained in Hong Kong.
Online Application: http://zwfw.cscse.edu.cn/
Students, who have completed their study programme and planned to stay for employment in Hong Kong, should apply for Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG) at Hong Kong the Immigration Department. Successful applicants can stay and work in Hong Kong for a year. Students who submit an application within 6 months after graduation will be regarded as “stay for work in Hong Kong” even though they have not yet been employed. Application that is handed in after the student has graduated for 6 months is regarded as “return for work in Hong Kong”, which means that the applicant needs to be employed by a company in Hong Kong already when the application is made.
Students can download the application form (ID 990A) from the website of Immigration Department and submit the completed form to the Immigration Department with the proof of graduation (please refer to Section 7.3 Certifying Letter (Approval for Graduation)) by mail, online or in person.
|Department address:||Receipt and Dispatch Sub-unit,
Hong Kong Immigration Department,
2/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Online submittion: https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/nonpermanent/applyiang/npr.htm
Details about Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG):
FAQ about Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG):
1. Students should have received IANG before they start to work. Otherwise, it will be regarded as an illegal employment. The offender could be deported to Mainland with a criminal record. Graduates should find out when they can get IANG and discuss the relevant arrangements with the employer to ensure that the employment is legal.
2. For official information about this visa, students should refer to the announcements on website “Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates” of the Immigration Department.
1. I have received a job offer in Hong Kong which will start in mid-July. However, I can’t get the IANG in time because the Graduation Letter will only be available in mid-July. What should I do?
After the release of grade report, you can apply for the following documents for IANG application:
Responsible Office: Academic Registry
Method of Application and Processing Time:
1. Online application: 5 working days
2. In person: Immediate
After submission of all assignments and completion of all examination, students who have fulfilled the graduation requirements will be approved for graduation in the University’s senate meeting and the approved result will be shown in the transcript.
For the majority of study programmes, graduation approval will be done in the senate meeting held in June. For students of the School of Chinese Medicine, depending on the programme arrangement, graduation approval may be arranged in the senate meeting held in May. Graduation approval for students studying trimester programmes will be arranged in the senate meeting held in February. The date of the senate meetings is available in the academic calendar. (please refer to Section 4.12 Academic Calendar)
Document: Testimonial or other supporting documents (Please contact the Graduate School and indicate that the document will be used for IANG application.)
Office: Graduate School
Method of Application and Processing Time: In person: 4-10 working days
2. I am a postgraduate student. My final examination will be held in August and my student visa will expire in mid-August. Do I need to apply for the IANG?
You can apply for a student visa extension (please refer to 2.2 Student Visa (Entry permit label) and Landing Slip) instead of the IANG because IANG applicants must have completed their studies.
Job market information can be found on the internet in Hong Kong. Most companies or enterprises will advertise their job openings on websites of recruitment or Labor Department. Job finders are usually required to send a cover letter and their resume to the companies or enterprises according to the requirements stated in the advertisement. For the convenience of job finders, it is very common that the advertisements are categorised by profession and job nature.
7.6.1 Resources in HKBU
The Career Centre of Office of Student Affairs organises workshops and talks throughout the year to prepare students for employment. The Centre also provides different resources on job searching.
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7.6.2 Resources from the government
The Labor Department is a government department which is responsible for issues about workforce in Hong Kong. It offers services on employment facilitation, fosters harmonious labor relations as well as improves and protects employees' rights, benefits, welfares, safety and health at work. The Department has set up an interactive employment service website to bridge employers and job finders. Information on job fairs is also available on the website.
|Hong Kong Labor Department||http://www.labour.gov.hk/front.htm|
|Interactive Employment Service Labor Department||http://www.jobs.gov.hk|
7.6.3 Other resources
The development of technology has made online recruitment as the main job recruitment channel. Below are several popular and common job searching websites in Hong Kong:
|Monster Hong Kong||http://www.monster.com.hk|
|Hong Kong Science and Technology Park||https://talent.hkstp.org|
1. Students who would like to stay and work in Hong Kong after graduation must collect the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG) first. (Please refer to Section 7.5 Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG))
2. In general, jobs in Hong Kong are categorised as being employed and self-employed. Being employed means that you are hired by a company or an organisation and have received a contract of full-time employment. People who are self-employed play both the role of employer and employee and have no full-time employment contract. Startup business is an example. Some companies request the employee to sign a self-employment contract (usually in financial or real estate jobs). Students are reminded to read carefully about the terms and clauses of the contract before signing it. Renewal of IANG may not be approved by the Immigration Department if the applicant cannot provide supporting documents such as a contract of full-time employment or related employment proof.