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Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students

Introduction

The Mainland Experience Scheme (MES) for Post-secondary Students is a pilot project launched by the HKSAR government since 1 July 2011 to subsidize on a matching basis post-secondary students participating in short-term internship or learning programmes in the Mainland. Institutions may use the matched funds for operating programmes under the Scheme for a maximum period of eight years, i.e. up to 30 June 2019.

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 are enrolled in full-time UGC-funded undergraduate programmes,  Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accountancy and Higher Diploma in Creative Film Production at HKBU are eligible to benefit from the MES.
  • Students must participate in a programme subsizied by MES in order to receive the subsidy.
  • 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, and approved by the EDB.
  • Eligible programmes must be short-term internship or learning programmes held in the Mainland and completed before 30 June 2019.
  • The programme cost per capita should not be less than HK$3,000.

Cost distribution

  • 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. 
  • The remaining programme cost should be covered by the organizer, other donations and/or participants. However, it is advised that the fees to be charged from students should normally not exceed 15% of the cost per capita.

Application procedures

  1. To apply for using the matching grants, programme providers should first submit their programme proposals, using the templates provided here (English version / Chinese version), to the EDB via SFA for processing and consideration (proposals not in the format of the template will not be considered). Programme proposal should be sent via email to sfa@hkbu.edu.hk at least 8 weeks before the commencement of the programme. To facilitate our preparation of the programme summary and other relevant documents to the EDB, programme proposals for 2017/18 will be collected and submitted to the EDB by 4 batches according to the following schedule:

Batch

Deadline for submitting programme proposals to SFA

1

15 September 2017 (Friday)

2

27 October 2017 (Friday)

3

26 January 2018 (Friday)

4

30 March 2018 (Friday)

  1. The EDB will normally approve the programme proposals, or otherwise, within 2 months upon submission. Since each student can only enjoy the scheme once only, programme provider should let the participants know that they are subsidized by MES in the programme (meaning that they can no longer receive MES from another programme). In addition, to avoid duplication of beneficiaries, programme providers should send their participants’ lists to SFA for verification before confirming their participation and collecting fee from students.
  2. Each approved programme is required to submit an evaluation report to EDB via SFA within 2 months upon the programme completion. The report should include a review of the programme, evaluation of the programme achievements, students’ feedback and a financial report. Detailed requirements and template of the evaluation report will be provided to respective organizers in due course.