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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

Science university criteria set

The Education Bureau today promulgated the criteria for qualifying as Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) and invites eligible self-financing post-secondary institutions to submit applications all year round.


The criteria cover aspects such as governance, management, quality assurance, learning environment and learner support as well as industry collaboration and recognition, with reference to experiences in other places including Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Mainland China, Switzerland and the UK.


The self-financing post-secondary institutions should have obtained a university title and possess the vision, commitment, capabilities and experience in operating an institution that embodies the key features of UAS.


Applications from eligible institutions should include a self-evaluation against the criteria for qualifying as a UAS for the purpose of undergoing an institutional review by the Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications.


The relevant criteria and application procedures are set out in the Manual for Institutional Review for UAS.


The bureau will provide financial and related support to bolster the development of UAS and encourage institutions to offer more applied degree programmes.

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