22,600 miss out on university place
More than 22,600 school-leavers have missed out on a degree offer in public-funded university programmes through Hong Kong's central admissions system.
Of the 34,156 students who applied through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (Jupas), only 11,525 were given degree offers yesterday. Another 4,545 received offers for associate degree or higher diploma programmes from a variety of institutions.
The number who missed out was higher than last year, when almost 18,000 students were denied a university place.
Almost 14,000 of the 36,608 students who sat for the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations this year and who applied for places through Jupas failed to meet the minimum university requirements. This meant more than 9,000 students qualified but were denied degree places.
Programmes offered at community colleges and degree programmes offered by foreign universities in Hong Kong and abroad are among the options available to those who missed out.
A spokeswoman for HKU Space Po Leung Kuk Community College said it had already received 'quite a lot' of calls from students inquiring about its courses.
University of Hong Kong registrar Henry Wai Wing-kun said students who missed out on a university place should start considering alternatives.
Chinese University made 2,388 offers through Jupas, with 98 per cent of the students falling into the Band A category.
The subjects at Chinese University that attracted students with the highest scores were physics, economics, professional accountancy, global business studies and sociology, while the candidates included five students who had obtained five As in the Advanced Level Examinations.
Grace Chow Man-yuen, director of admissions and financial aid, said that in the past two years, half of the 1,000 Jupas applicants with the best average results had chosen Chinese University.
The HKU made offers to 1,802 students through Jupas, while City University expected to admit about 1,560, Hong Kong Baptist University 1,161, and The Open University of Hong Kong 287.
Students unsuccessful in the first round may still receive an offer when second-round results are announced on August 13. Subsequent offers will be made from August 18 to 23.
Results were posted on the Jupas and university websites yesterday.
Number of students who qualified but missed out on a university place: 9,000