Joint announcement by the RSS and the HKSS on the transitional arrangement for the mutual recognition of the Graduate Statistician qualification after withdrawal of the RSS/HKSS examination in 2017 (updated in Jun 2020)

Last Updated: Monday, 29 June 2020
  1. The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Hong Kong Statistical Society (HKSS) have reached agreement in March 2017 concerning the transitional arrangement for the mutual recognition of the Graduate Statistician (GradStat) qualification after withdrawal of the examination in 2017. The agreement has been updated in June 2020, by extending the applicable period of Group 1 and Group 2 by one year. The revised version is given below.

  2. There are 3 distinct groups for whom transitional arrangements are put in place:


    Group 1: HKSS examination candidates already in the system who do not fully complete their examinations in 2017 (when the examinations will be offered for the final time)

    For Group 1, the RSS agrees that the HKSS should advise examination candidates who have partially completed the Graduate Diploma to study equivalent modules offered by universities in Hong Kong (as recognised under existing accreditation arrangements). This will enable such candidates to achieve the GradStat status based on a combination of HKSS examination passes and exemptions granted for completing the study of equivalent materials. The RSS will recognise exemptions and the GradStat awards made by HKSS under this arrangement as being equivalent to its own GradStat award until the end of 2021.


    Group 2: students who are already or soon to be enrolled on a programme of study accredited by the HKSS for exemption purposes (up to and including the 2017 and 2018 intakes)

    For Group 2, RSS agrees that the HKSS may continue to award exemptions from HKSS exam modules to students who are already (or soon to be) enrolled on an accredited degree programme, up to and including the 2017 and 2018 intakes. The RSS will recognise exemptions and the GradStat awards granted by HKSS under this arrangement as being equivalent to its own GradStat award until the end of 2021 and 2022 (noting that undergraduates of the 2017 and 2018 intakes will graduate in 2021 and 2022 respectively under the existing university education system in Hong Kong).


    Group 3: students who embark on a programme of study accredited by the HKSS after the examinations have been withdrawn (i.e. from the 2019 intake onwards)

    For Group 3, the RSS and the HKSS will explore possible collaboration on the joint accreditation and mutual recognition of statistics programmes offered by universities / tertiary institutions at various levels, based on the new benchmarks being developed by the RSS to replace the standards of Graduate Diploma, Higher Certificate and Ordinary Certificate.

  3. For past candidates of the HKSS examination who have successfully completed the examination and obtained the qualification of Graduate Diploma, Higher Certificate or Ordinary Certificate, their qualification will continue to be recognised by both the HKSS and the RSS.

 

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