Higher Diploma

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The Higher Diploma is an academic award in Hong Kong and Ireland. In Hong Kong the award is below the standard of the bachelor's degree, in Ireland is above the standard of the bachelor's degree - in these two places the award is quite different and independent.

Hong Kong

A Higher Diploma or associate degree is an academic award by a university or other tertiary institution such as HKIVE in Hong Kong. The award is below the standard of a bachelor degree and above the certificate or diploma.

Ireland

The Higher Diploma (Ard-Dioplóma in Irish) is an award that will replace the Graduate Diploma in the Republic of Ireland of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council. The Higher Diploma is currently available in Irish colleges and will be awarded from June 2005, the standard of the award will be broadly similar to the Graduate Diploma and replace the reorientation type courses. Professional type Graduate Diplomas will be replaced by the Postgraduate Diploma.

The National University of Ireland also offers a broad selection of Higher Diplomas in its constiutent universities and recognised colleges, and as a Higher Diploma in Education by the University of Dublin; see Graduate Diploma.

Common Higher Diplomas

English title Irish title
Higher Diploma in Arts Ard-Dioplóma Ealaíon
Higher Diploma in Business Ard-Dioplóma Gnó
Higher Diploma in Engineering Ard-Dioplóma Innealtóireachta
Higher Diploma in Science Ard-Dioplóma Eolaíochta

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