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Apr exports value up 1.1%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $389 billion in April, up 1.1% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods rose 2.1% to $425.6 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $36.6 billion, or 8.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 12% while that of imports fell 11.7%.   The Government said epidemic-induced transportation disruptions, though easing somewhat in the latter part of the month, continued to constrain export performance.   It pointed out that exports to the Mainland fell while those to the US and the European Union posted visible growth.   Looking ahead, the global economic outlook has worsened amid rampant inflation in some major economies and monetary policy tightening by respective cen

4 applied degree programmes set

The Education Bureau announced today that four degree programmes have been selected for the Pilot Project on the Development of Applied Degree Programmes.       The bureau launched the pilot project in December 2020 to gain experience in the practical issues involved in developing applied degree programmes and assessing the implications for the higher education system as a whole.   It selected four programmes for the project after assessing the proposals submitted by eligible self-financing post-secondary institutions.   They are Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme by Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Testing & Certification programme by The Open University, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture, Arboriculture & Landscape Management programme by the Vocational Training Council's Technological & Higher Education Institute, and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Gerontology programme by Tung Wah College.   The bureau has engaged the Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications to assist the institutions in the development of the applied degree programmes.   Subject to the satisfactory completion of accreditation, the institutions will launch the applied degree programmes in the 2022-23 academic year at the earliest.   The pilot project was launched upon a recommendation made by the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational & Professional Education & Training.
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