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Higher Diploma in Cloud and Data Centre Administration


The following section presents the information of Full Time Programmes offered in September 2017.

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Programme General Information

Type of Programme
Subvented Programme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Planned Places 30
Average result of admitted students in 2015 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained" and an "Attained with Distinction" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. Holders of DVE award upon successful completion of prescribed modules are eligible to apply for Higher Diploma Programmes.
  4. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
Cloud computing is a new trend of IT technology, and most large IT applications will be hosted in cloud systems. This programme aims to equip students with the necessary practical knowledge and skills in cloud and data centre administration, with emphasis on network design and implementation, cloud applications development, and virtualized systems and data centres administration. Graduates can apply their knowledge and skills in the administration of cloud systems and data centres, as well as in the support of various commercial cloud applications and cloud services.
This programme also emphasizes on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.
Career Prospects
Graduates typically pursue a career in the Cloud systems, Data Centres and computer networking industry. Graduates may be employed in various local as well as multi-national IT companies, or in an organisation with a network infrastructure.
Graduates can apply for admission to the following programmes :
  1. Degree programmes in local universities :
    • City University of Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Baptist University
    • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • The Open University of Hong Kong
    • The University of Hong Kong
  2. Articulation degree programmes in overseas universities (conducted at IVE campus) :
    • Coventry University, UK
    • University of the West of England, UK
  3. Other Universities in UK and Australia
Professional Recognition
This programme was previously known as "Higher Diploma in Network Applications" since 1999, which has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
  1. Average result in 2015 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language and Chinese Language, of admitted students in 2015 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme name, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.


Semester 1
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Operating System Fundamentals
  • Database Principles
  • Information Technology Essentials - Web
  • English & Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Self-efficacy Enhancement
Semester 2
  • Discrete Mathematics and Statistics
  • Web Application Development
  • Switching & Routing Essentials
  • Technical Support Fundamentals
  • English & Communication : Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
  • Whole Person Development : Global Vision
Semester 3
  • Cloud Applications
  • Advanced Switching & Routing
  • Network and Virtualized Systems Administration Project
  • IT Professionalism
  • English & Communication : Reports
  • Whole Person Development : Integrated Career Development
Semester 4
  • Accessing WAN
  • Data Centre Technologies
  • Cloud Services
  • Final Year Project
  • English & Communication : Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development : SMART in Action
Semester 5
  • Open Standards Networking
  • Security Applications
  • Final Year Project
  • English & Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Enrichment Module
Semester 3, 4 or 5
  • Industrial Attachment