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In the 2012/13 academic year, the Education Bureau introduced the Diploma Yi Jin (DYJ) Programme (previously known as the Yi Jin Diploma Programme Note 1) in place of the former Project Yi Jin Programme)Note 2 to provide an alternative pathway for secondary 6 school leavers as well as adult learners.


The Government launched the programme to –
  1. provide an alternative pathway for secondary 6 school leavers as well as adult learners to obtain a formal qualification for the purposes of employment and further study;
  2. equip students with an array of generic skills and general knowledge including basic language skills, information technology skills, mathematical reasoning skills and interpersonal skills, thereby enabling students to build a firm foundation in these aspects; and
  3. strengthen students' motivation to study and facilitate students in developing self-learning skills for the pursuit of further study independently.

Target Students

The target students of the programme are Secondary 6 school leavers and adult learners aged 21 or above.

Institutions Offering the programme

The DYJ programme is run by the following member institutions of the Federation for Self-financing Tertiary Education (FSTE):

Hong Kong Institute of Technology
Caritas Institute of Community Education
School of Business and Information Systems, Vocational Training Council
Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education
Lingnan Institute of Further Education
Hong Kong College of Technology
School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

For details of the FSTE, please visit its website:

Note 1: In compliance with the Award Titles Scheme (ATS) under the Qualifications Framework (QF), the English award title of the programme has been changed from "Yi Jin Diploma"to "Diploma Yi Jin" from 1 January 2016, with the Chinese award title remains unchanged.

The title of the qualification to be recorded on the diploma awarded to students of the full-time and part-time programmes who graduated in the 2015/16 academic year remained unchanged as "Yi Jin Diploma". The new title of "Diploma Yi Jin" has been adopted for the diploma awarded to students of the full-time and part-time programmes who graduated in the 2016/17 academic year and onwards irrespective of their date of admission to the programme.
Note 2: The former Project Yi Jin (PYJ) was launched by the Government in October 2000 to provide an alternative pathway and to expand the continuing education opportunities for Secondary 5 school leavers and adult learners. The PYJ Programme comprises seven core modules and three elective modules. The seven core modules include Chinese, English I, English II, Mathematics, Information Technology, Putonghua and Communication Skills. As for the elective modules, a variety of practical subjects was available for choice. Students who had successfully completed all ten modules in the programme would be awarded a full certificate.

The Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (now known as The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications) had evaluated the PYJ Programme and had confirmed that holders of the full certificate had reached a standard comparable to five passes in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) for the purposes of continuing education and employment. The Government accepts the full certificate as meeting the academic entry requirement of over 30 posts in the civil service requiring five passes (including English and Chinese) in the HKCEE. These posts include, among others, Ambulanceman, Amenities Assistant III, Assistant Census and Survey Officer, Assistant Officer II (Correctional), Customs Officer, Fireman, Immigration Assistant, Police Constable, Tax Inspector II, Labour Inspector II and Postal Officer. From the 2000/01 to 2011/12 academic year, a total of 57 849 graduates were awarded the full certificate of the PYJ Programme.

With the implementation of the New Academic Structure and the cessation of the HKCEE from 2012, the PYJ Programme has lapsed by the end of the 2011/12 academic year and has been replaced by the Yi Jin Diploma Programme introduced in the 2012/13 academic year.