The Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB)
launched an improved version of the Electronic Advance Application
System for Post-Secondary Programmes, E-APP
on December 3. E-APP was
released in February this year to allow students to create and submit
a single application for multiple post-secondary programmes.
Through E-APP, candidates appearing for
the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination or
the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) can apply for
post-secondary programmes before their examination results are
E-APP includes 31 locally-accredited
post-secondary institutions that are not covered by the Joint
University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), the online portal
for students who already have their HKDSE results to apply for
admission to bachelor’s and associate degree, and higher diploma
programmes in Hong Kong.
The institutions participating in E-APP
can make conditional offers to applicants before the release of their
HKDSE results. All institutions agreed to operate on the same
timeline, enabling students to choose their programme with
The new and improved version of E-APP
allows post-secondary institutions to update the status of the
applications through E-APP, allowing students to monitor their
progress. The enhancements also bring secondary schools into the
system by giving them the ability to view the status of their
students’ applications, and thus, provide better career guidance.
Another improvement is the addition of
a programme search function to allow students to search for programme
information by area of study. Students can also submit requests for
change of programme choices to institutions through E-APP. “With
these new functions, students can plan their study pathways in
accordance with their interests, abilities and career aspirations”,
said an EDB spokesperson in a statement.