Universities take in more high-scoring mainland applicants

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, 12:00am

Hong Kong universities continue to attract more applicants from the mainland - including some students who scored highest in maths and English in their localities.

City University said it had taken in 210 students through the national admissions scheme, against 193 last year. Applicants from eight provinces and municipalities were among the top 0.5 per cent of students who sat the entrance exam in June. Its faculty of business is the most popular choice, followed by science and engineering.

The University of Hong Kong, which does not take part in the admissions scheme but admits students directly, received 10,231 applications from mainland students, up from 4,848 last year. HKU said it admitted six applicants who scored the highest marks in the entrance examination in their localities.

City University offers a one-off scholarship worth $80,000 to the two students scoring the highest marks in mathematics in Beijing and Zhejiang . Another of its undergraduate entrants scored the highest mark in English in Foshan .