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Acquiring Microcredentials to accelerate your careerFeature Story

21 Dec 2022 (Wed)


The School is pleased to introduce Microcredentials at HKU SPACE to better serve the learning community.

Microcredentials are a worldwide trend to offer learners short, standalone courses relevant to careers and professions or for general interest. A digital certificate or digital badge will be issued to successful learners.

Another feature is that the Microcredentials are “stackable”. That is, that learners may accumulate them to earn a certificate or diploma. Most Microcredentials are short courses of about 30 contact hours, usually 6 or 9 credits, though a few are longer. These can be accumulated, are normally valid over a 5-year period and lead to a Certificate (30 credits) or Diploma (60 credits). These awards will carry the title of Certificate/Diploma in Professional Practice or Certificate/Diploma in General Studies depending on the nature of the Microcredentials. For the Professional Practice title, 75% of the credits must be in a professional area, otherwise the General Studies award will be made. Also, as per existing School practice, the QF Level of the award requires 75% of the credits at that QF Level.

In addition, students will find that many of the Microcredentials are CEF eligible so that application for financial support may be made to the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) of the HK Government.

They are also presented in number of themes and those who stack Microcredentials within a theme will also have that theme in brackets as parts of the award, e.g. Certificate in Professional Practice (Artificial Intelligence) or Diploma in Professional Practice (Workplace Psychology).

Microcredentials will be introduced in 2023 and more details will be announced in the School website later.