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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Undergraduate subsidy to rise

The annual subsidy amount of the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong will increase from $33,740 to $34,390, the Education Bureau announced today.

 

It said the subsidy amount was adjusted in accordance with the movement of the Composite Consumer Price Index.

 

In the 2024-25 academic year, the scheme will cover eligible full-time locally accredited local and non-local self-financing undergraduate and top-up degree programmes offered by 15 institutions.

 

Applications for the subsidy need to be made through the institutions concerned.

 

The adjusted subsidy level will apply to both new and continuing eligible students and is tenable for the normal duration of the programmes concerned.

 

Eligible students enrolling in the relevant programmes will pay a tuition fee with the subsidy applied.

 

Students in need may still apply for financial assistance from the Student Finance Office in respect of the actual tuition fee amount payable.

 

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