Demand for The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) graduates remained strong with its Class of 2009 bachelor's degree graduates virtually fully employed within three months of their graduation, an annual survey finds.
The 2009 Graduate Employment Survey found that 99.2 per cent of graduates of bachelor programmes were placed in jobs or pursuing further studies. Graduates of new programmes also did well in the education job market. The first cohort of full-time Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (BEd ECE) graduates achieved full employment at 100 per cent.
The survey found that 97.4 per cent of bachelor respondents had secured a job by December 2009, up 1.3 per cent from the 96.1 per cent of 2008, while the proportion in further studies dropped from 3.2 per cent to 1.8 per cent. A total of 94.4 per cent of full-time employed bachelor graduates were working in the education field, and most of them had found teaching posts aligned with their professional training.
The bachelor respondents had an average monthly starting salary of $17,829, around 9.9 per cent lower than that of $19,791 in 2008. The drop was partly caused by the increase in the number of graduates majoring in early childhood education, who generally received lower salaries.
Benefiting from the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme, graduates of early childhood education in both bachelor degree and certificate programmes were highly sought after. The first batch of full-time BEd ECE graduates was fully employed and achieved an average monthly salary of $13,633. When compared with Certificate in Early Childhood Education graduates from last year, the salaries of these BEd graduates were up 8 per cent. This year's Certificate in Early Childhood Education graduates earned an average monthly salary of $12,645, roughly the same as that of $12,622 in 2008.
Other full-time programme graduates remained highly competitive. About 97 per cent of graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programmes secured a job or pursued further studies. The employed graduate respondents earned an average monthly salary of $18,014.
The annual survey was conducted by the HKIEd's Student Affairs Office on full-time programme graduates of the Institute from October to December 2009. A total of 810 graduates participated in the survey, representing a response rate of 94.6 per cent.
“The findings of the survey, especially that on the graduates of the new BEd ECE programme, are very encouraging. The consistently high employment rate of the HKIEd graduates in recent years, in spite of different economic circumstances, is a good testimony to the quality of the programmes offered by the Institute and the competitiveness of our graduates," said Professor C.C. LAM, Associate Vice President (Programme Development) and Dean of Students at the HKIEd.
He said that under its ‘Education Plus’ vision, the Institute expects to make an even bigger contribution to education and other career areas, with its broadening discipline areas and expanding programme offerings.
The Institute has recorded a significant increase of applications for its undergraduate and post-graduate diploma programmes across the board, reflecting strong confidence of prospective students and the education sector in the quality of the Institute’s programmes and the prospects for its future development.
As of mid May 2010, HKIEd's Bachelor of Education programmes for the 2010/2011 academic year have attracted over 28,000 JUPAS (Joint University Programmes Admissions System) applications, up 13.4 per cent from 25,458 of last year, while Band A applications via the JUPAS route increased by 15 per cent to over 5,000 as compared with the same period of last year.
Two new “Education Plus” programmes, namely Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Language Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Global and Environmental Studies, have attracted over 2,400 applications since they were open to applications in February 2010. These two new programmes provide a total quota of 80.
The total number of non-JUPAS applications for all bachelor's degree programmes has risen from 1,023 to over 1,700.
The number of full-time applications for its Postgraduate Diploma in Education programmes this year has also increased by 60 per cent to more than 2,900.