Pay isn't everything: university

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 September, 2011, 12:00am


Chinese University may stop publishing their graduates' salaries to avoid influencing applicants when choosing their majors, President Joseph Sung Jao-Yiu said on an RTHK programme on Tuesday.

Many students today apply for degree programmes based on how much they can potentially earn, instead of pursuing their interests, said Sung.

'Many local students are vying for a place in the economics or finance department hoping that after they graduate, they can enter the business sector and find a well-paid job,' Sung said.

'On the other hand, philosophical or cultural subjects like literature or philosophy are less and less popular. It is a huge difference from the previous generation.'

Columnist Kin Ng thinks students also weigh the universities' reputation in making their decisions. 'I find that the higher the institution ranks, the fiercer the competition,' the radio guest said.

For Sung, universities do not only educate the talented, but they also cultivate future leaders who are responsible to society, uphold good morals and act as role models.

Sung wants other institutions to follow Chinese University's move to set a good example to society.