Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-secondary Students (MES)

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About the Scheme

Pilot Mainland Experience Scheme for Post-Secondary Students aims to encourage HKU full-time undergraduates, both local and non-local to learn more about the prevailing social, economic and cultural landscape of Mainland through a variety of credit or non-credit bearing programs. 

 

The experience will also facilitate the long-term career development of students especially those who wish to explore their opportunities in the Mainland.

 

Eligibility

  • Eligible Programmes:
    EDB regards short-term Mainland internship or learning programmes as eligible to be put under MES.

    Prior application of programme approval is required. Please refer to the part of Application of Programme Approval for more information. 
    (For the list of endorsed and approved programmes, please contact China Affairs Office at caocvf@hku.hk)
     
  • Eligible Students:
    Both local and non-local HKU full-time undergraduate students participating in programmes which have been approved by EDB are eligible to apply for reimbursement under MES.

 

Funding Scope

  • The Scheme will subsidise successful applicants up to HKD 3,000 or 50% of the cost* per capita (whichever is lower) for participating in the programme.
    * The cost includes but not limited to the transportation cost from Hong Kong to the Mainland host institution, registration fee, programme fee, and course material fee.
     
  • Each undergraduate student can receive subsidy under the Scheme ONCE only, irrespective of the amount of subsidy they receive.
     
  • Subsidy of the Scheme is provided on a reimbursement basis to eligible students.
     
  • Students’ application for the subsidy is on a voluntary base.

 

Application of Programme Approval

  • All applications are subject to the approval by Education Bureau.
     
  • Faculty/Department project holders shall submit a complete set of application form in BOTH hard and soft copy for further submission to EDB. Hard copy with the signed application should be submitted to China Affairs Office, 9/F, Knowles Building; soft copy in WORD format should be sent to caocvf@hku.hk. The full set of application form can be downloaded HERE.
     
  • The deadline for the submission of programme approval is in relation to the commencement date of programmes, and is on the 15th of each month. In case the submission deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to the next working day. Please refer to the following schedule for details:
     

     Programme Commencement Date:

    Deadline for application Submission:

    December 1, 2016 and onwards

    October 15, 2016

    January 1, 2017 and onwards

    November 15, 2016

    February 1, 2017 and onwards

    December 15, 2016

    March 1, 2017 and onwards

    January 15, 2017

    April 1, 2017 and onwards

    February 15, 2017

    May 1, 2017 and onwards

    March 15, 2017

    June 1, 2017 and onwards

    April 15, 2017

    July 1, 2017 and onwards

    May 15, 2017

    August 1, 2017 and onwards

    June 15, 2017

    September 1, 2017 and onwards

    July 15, 2017

    October 1, 2017 and onwards

    August 15, 2017

     

Remark: All China Vision 2017 Spring Programmes have been approved by EDB to be covered by MES.

Reimbursement

  • Faculty/ Department Project holders should submit the following documents to China Affairs Office (China Affairs Office, 9/F, Knowles Building, HKU) within one month after the completion of the programme for reimbursement purpose:

    1) All individual student programme report(s) (with sharing and photos in word format) and ORIGINAL copy of programme expenses’ receipts, boarding pass/train tickets, etc. from eligible students; 
    2) Participant list for reimbursement (both soft and hard copy); 
    3) Project Holder's Programme Report (both soft and hard copy).
     
  • Eligible students who participated in the EDB approved programmes should submit the following documents to the project holder within 10 days after the completion of the programme:

    1) A sharing and photos; AND
    2) ORIGINAL boarding pass(es) / train ticket(s), invoice(s); AND/OR
    3) Proof of programme expenses.

 

Remark: Eligible China Vision 2016 Winter Programmes participants should submit all required documents to China Affairs Office's collection box (9/F, Knowles Building, HKU) within office hour (Mon-Fri, 0930-1230; 1400-1730). 

 

  • CAO will process the application and arrange the subsidy to be paid on reimbursement basis upon receiving a complete set of required documents. In principle students will be able to receive the reimbursement within two to three months after submission deadline. 

 

For more information, please contact China Affairs Office at caocvf@hku.hk.
 

(Last updated on 01/10/2017)