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    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

    FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

    POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    1. The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) and Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (PDipGIS) are programmes that extend the opportunity for continuing professional development with the aim of meeting the demand of professional training and refresher courses in the areas of Geographic Information Systems.

2. Applicants may apply for one of the following:

    (i) the one-year part-time PDipGIS programme;

    (ii) the 16-month full-time MGIS programme ;

    (iii) the two-year part-time MGIS programme.

    3. Successful applicants for the part-time PDipGIS programme may apply to transfer to the part-time MGIS programme before the award of the diploma, and subject to approval of their application, they will continue directly into the second year of the part-time MGIS programme upon successful completion of the part-time PDipGIS curriculum. Candidates who successfully transfer to the second year of the part-time MGIS programme will not be eligible for the award of the Diploma.

    4. To be eligible for admission to the curriculum leading to the PDipGIS and MGIS, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

    (i) hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours of this University or an equivalent qualification accepted by

    this University;

    (ii) demonstrate a good command of spoken and written English. Applicants are advised to check with

    the University about English language proficiency requirements (see: General Qualifications for

    Admission to Postgraduate Studies at http://www.hku.hk/rss/pp2007/).

    5. Applicants who do not satisfy requirement 4(i) above, but who have extensive working experience in the field of geographic information systems, may apply to the PDipGIS programme, but they will be required to provide documentary proof of their experience and will be subject to a qualifying examination.

    6. Application forms and information on the curriculum may be obtained by the following means: (i) download from our websites at http://www.hku.hk/rss/pp2007/ or http://geog.hku.hk/postgrad/mgis

    (or, go to http://geog.hku.hk, click on “Postgraduate programmes,” followed by “Postgraduate

    Diploma in and Master of Geographic Information Systems”);

    (ii) request in person or in writing from the Academic Services Enquiry Office, Room UG-05, Knowles

    Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (for postal request, please

    include an A4-size (31 cm x 23 cm) self-addressed stamped (HK$16.40) envelope); (iii) Applications can be submitted in a hard-copy format or via our on-line application system at

    http://www.hku.hk/rss/online.

7. The closing date for the September 2006 intake is extended to June 15, 2007.

8. Applicants may contact the Department of Geography by electronic mail (geog@hkucc.hku.hk) if they

    do not receive their application results by July 31, 2007.

December 2006

    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

    FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

    School of Geography

    (Self-funded programme)

    The School of Geography is offering, on a self-funded basis, from the academic year 2006-07 a 16-month intensive full-time postgraduate programme and a two-year part-time postgraduate programme leading to a Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS). These programmes are also designed for continuing professional development and serves as an advancement option that enables practitioners in the field to understand GIS technology and use it effectively in their work. It extends an excellent opportunity to people in all professions to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments and to gain immediate insight into the utility of the techniques.

    The programme targets a broad range of practising professionals, from those engaged in technically oriented work to those interested in land-related businesses. For professionals in such fields as architecture, engineering, urban planning, real estate, marketing, transport, environmental management, and surveying, the programme helps them meet the changing needs of society and enhances their career opportunities. For those involved in the management, interpretation and decision making aspects of land-related developments, the programme widens and deepens their intellectual experience by relating thought to action, theory to facts, and ideas to reality.

At the end of the MGIS programme, students should be able to:

    ; Understand generic concepts in GIS

    ; Develop ability to handle spatial data

    ; Identify data needs, sources, and acquisition procedures

    ; Undertake spatial and cartographic analyses

    ; Operate at least one commercially available GIS

    ; Compile GIS algorithms using a high level language

    ; Manage GIS projects

    ; Customise applications development at local project, enterprise (Intranet) and distributed (Internet)

    levels

    ; Resolve standards for data interchange and geospatial processing models

Courses are offered in September and January in each year, but the GIS Workshop or Internship course

    may be taken in the summer break between the first and second year. Classes will be held on weekday

    evenings and Saturdays.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fees (for both local and non-local students):

    MGIS (16-month full time): HK$90,000 in 3 instalments (HK$35,000 for the first two instalments

    and HK$20,000 for the third instalment)

    MGIS (2-year part time): HK$55,000 per year in 2 instalments (HK$35,000 for the first instalment

    and HK$20,000 for the second instalment)

     In total: HK$110,000 for two years

December 2006

    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

    FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

    School of Geography

    (Self-funded programme)

    The School of Geography is offering from the academic year 2007-2008 a one-year intensive part-time taught postgraduate programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems

    (PDipGIS). The programme links university education with the Government, business and professional bodies with the aim of facilitating useful technology to filter through to the business and professional communities. This modular programme is also designed for continuing professional development and serves as an advancement option that enables practitioners in the field to understand GIS technology and use it effectively in their work. It extends an excellent opportunity to people in all professions to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments and to gain immediate insight into the utility of the techniques.

    The programme targets a broad range of practising professionals, from those engaged in technically oriented work to those interested in land-related businesses. For professionals in such fields as architecture, engineering, urban planning, real estate, marketing, transport, environmental management, and surveying, the programme helps them meet the changing needs of society and enhances their career opportunities. For those involved in the management, interpretation and decision making aspects of land-related developments, the programme widens and deepens their intellectual experience by relating thought to action, theory to facts, and ideas to reality.

At the end of the PDipGIS programme, students should be able to:

    ; Understand generic concepts in GIS

    ; Develop ability to handle spatial data

    ; Identify data needs, sources, and acquisition procedures

    ; Undertake spatial and cartographic analyses

    ; Operate at least one commercially available GIS

    ; Compile GIS algorithms using a high level language

Students who have satisfied the examiners in all the papers in the PDipGIS may apply to transfer to the

    second year of the part-time Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) programme before April of the year. Approval of the transfer to the MGIS programme is subject to satisfactory performance and the recommendation of the Programme Coordinator.

Courses are offered in September and January in each year. Classes will be held on weekday evenings

    and Saturdays.

Fee Structure

    Tuition Fee: For Local Students:

     HK$ 55,000 per year in 2 instalments (HK$35,000 for first instalment

    and HK$20,000 for second instalment)

     For Non-local Students:

     HK$ 60,000 per year in 2 instalments (HK$35,000 for first instalment

    and HK$25,000 for second instalment)

December 2006

    THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG For Office Use

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    FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

    APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

    2007-2008

    This form should be completed and returned to the Academic Services Enquiry Office together with (1) supporting documents and (2)

    the original ATM transaction advice covering the application fee of HK$300 (non-refundable and subject to change) paid via ATM machine at any branch of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd. Overseas applicants should pay by a Hong Kong dollar bank draft drawn on a bank in Hong Kong or by a US dollar bank draft (USD40), made payable to "The University of Hong

    Kong". Please write down your full name and the proposed programme of study on the back of the ATM transaction advice/bank draft. Cash will NOT be accepted. An acknowledgement card is issued on receipt of the application. Please complete one application form for each programme which you are applying. All application forms and supporting documents will be destroyed if

    your application is unsuccessful.

Please note that the above courses are open to residents of Hong Kong and Macau SARs only. For further details, please refer to

    http://www.hku.hk/rss/pp2007/

1. I wish to apply to register as a candidate for:

     Part-time PDipGIS

     16-month Full-time MGIS 2-year part-time MGIS

    I declare that the information provided by me in support of this application is accurate and complete. I understand that my

    application will be disqualified if any information or document provided is found to be false.

    Date Signature

2. PERSONAL INFORMATION

     Mr./Mrs./Ms./Miss* (Please fill in your full name [surname first] in block letters, as in your H.K.I.D. Card/Passport)

     (Please attach a photocopy of your HKID [for HKID holders] or the relevant page of your passport)

    Name in Chinese characters (if any)

    (I.D. Card name in CC Code)

    H.K.U.No. (if applicable) Date of birth

     D D M M Y Y

    H.K.I.D. Card No. / Passport No.* : Sex: M / F* Nationality:

    Correspondence address

    Tel. No. ( ) ( ) Mobile No. ( )

     Home Office

    E-mail Fax No.

    Do you require a student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong? Yes No

* Please delete as appropriate.

    PDipGIS/MGIS (12/06)

3. ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

    (Attach officially certified transcripts#, with a complete record of the courses attended and examination results, for ALL tertiary

    level studies, including those undertaken in the University of Hong Kong. Transcripts and diplomas which are not in English

    should be accompanied by a certified translation in English#. HKU’s final year students must attach their transcripts when

    submitting their applications.)

    Title of Duration Major and Honours Awarding Date of Supporting

    Degree/ of Course Minor Subjects Classification Institution Award Document

    Diploma (FT or and Grade and (mm/yyyy) Attached^

    (full PT and Point Average Country

    name) no. of (as (full name)

    years) appropriate)

    ^ Please either put a in the box if copies of certified transcripts are attached or put a letter “R” if the documents are to be

    submitted by home institutions.

4. CURRENT STUDIES

     (Complete this section if you are still enrolled for a degree or diploma at an institution and have not completed all requirements for

    its award, including passing final examinations.)

    Title of Degree/Diploma By Research or Coursework Present stage of studies

    Institution and Country Duration of Course Expected date of completion of studies

    (state FT or PT, and no. of years)

5. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

    (A candidate who wishes to be admitted on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong

    where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain a score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 213

    or above (computer-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Such a

    candidate shall complete this Section.)

     Details of my TOEFL and TWE results are as follows:

    Date of Test Type of Test TOEFL Score Official Score

    (paper-based or Report +computer-based) attached#

     I sat TOEFL on (date), and have requested the TOEFL centre to send my results

     directly to the University. (For this purpose, please note that the University's TOEFL code is 9671.)

     + Please put a in the box if official score report is attached.

6. PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

     (Attach officially certified documentary evidence#.)

    Type of Membership Abbreviation Awarding Institution (full name) Date of Award

    and Country

# Please note that the University will only ACCEPT originals or copies of the documents that have been duly declared as true copies

    before a notary public (e.g. a Commissioner for Oaths at a City District Office in Hong Kong). You may also bring the originals of the documents together with an additional set of their photocopies to the Academic Services Enquiry Office, UG-05, Knowles Building for verification. Copies of documents may be certified by the appropriate officials of your home institute if you are an overseas applicant. No photocopies will be accepted.

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    7. RELEVANT WORKING EXPERIENCE (Past and Present in chronological order)

    Appointment Dates Name of Organization Nature of duties

    (full name)

    8. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

    Please type (word-processor preferred) your answers to each of the following questions on a separate sheet of A4-size paper and

    attach them to this application form. Each answer should be no longer than 250 words.

    Q1: What attracted you to this programme (personal interest, career opportunities, professional advancement, etc.)?

    Q2: What specific experience in the field of geographic information systems do you have? If you have had no direct

     experience in GIS, what related knowledge and experience do you have?

    Q3: What do you expect to learn from this programme? How do you expect to apply this knowledge in the future?

    Q4: How did you learn about this programme (from friends, newspaper advertisements, pamphlets, website, etc)?

    9. NAMES OF OTHER PROGRAMMES YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR ADMISSION TO IN 2007-2008 (IF ANY)

(1)

    (2)

    (3)

    10. ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL REFEREES

    Referees should hold senior positions in a firm, an institute or a governmental or non-governmental organization. One of the referees should be familiar with your academic background, and the other should be familiar with your professional background.

     1st Referee 2nd Referee

    Name

    Position Held

    Firm / Institute / Organization

    Address

Tel. & Fax No.

    You should send a copy of the attached Referee’s Report Form to each of your two referees with the request that they return the completed forms by March 31, 2007 by post directly to the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

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11. PREVIOUS PROGRAMME(S) OF STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY

    Applicants who previously studied at The University of Hong Kong must complete this section. Please indicate

     Yes No

    (a) whether you have been de-registered by the University due to

     outstanding fee payment (outstanding fees must be settled before an offer of

    admission would be made)

    Yes No

    (b) whether you were discontinued from studies by the University

     (by regulation, you shall not be re-admitted to the same programme of study.

    This will not however affect your chance of admission to other programmes.)

    If the answer to (a) or (b) is yes, please specify the curriculum and year of study:

    Curriculum : ___________________________________

    Year of Study: ________________

    Note: Failure to provide such information may lead to disqualification even after admission.

12. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

     I attach the following certified copies of documents in support of my application:

     Curriculum vitae (with list of projects and publications, if any)

     Other documentary proof of English language proficiency# (if appropriate)

    # Please note that the University will only ACCEPT originals or copies of the documents that have been duly declared as true copies before a notary public (e.g. a Commissioner for Oaths at a City District Office in Hong Kong). You may also bring the

    originals of the documents together with an additional set of their photocopies to the Academic Services Enquiry Office, UG-05,

    Knowles Building for verification. Copies of documents may be certified by the appropriate officials of your home institute if you are

    an overseas applicant. No photocopies will be accepted.

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    FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

     Assessment of Applicant

    The applicant is Not

    accepted accepted

    Head, School of Geography Date

Coordinator, Postgraduate Programme in Date

    Geographic Information Systems

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    Please fill in the following correspondence address labels:

    Name: Name: _____________________________ ____________________________ Address: Address:

    _____________________________ ____________________________