About 3,000 secondary students and teachers took the chance to look around Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during its open day. There was an exhibition, seminars, video shows, tours and demonstrations, aimed to give potential students an insight into the PolyU and its courses. Exhibitions about full-time courses were designed for secondary students who need to apply by early December for degree programme places through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). They were also aimed at candidates who will be applying for higher diploma places through the Joint Admissions Scheme for the PolyU, the City University of Hong Kong, Technical Institutes and Colleges (JASPIC). Kitty Liu Kam-ha, assistant academic secretary at the PolyU's Academic Secretariat, said sixth and seventh formers found useful information, including descriptions of courses and entry requirements. She added that staff from all 26 departments of the PolyU's main faculties were available to answer questions. 'The more they know about the courses and the university, the better equipped they are to make up their minds,' Miss Liu said. Would-be building services engineering student Chan Hoi-chee said the open day had given her the chance to clarify the entry requirements for the course and try and work out whether she would qualify. Fellow Form Seven science student Ng Ka-man, who wanted to become a social worker, said she had been worried about the career prospects. 'Talking with the lecturer and the current students helped me understand the on-going situation of the profession,' she said. 'It will help make up my mind on ranking my preferences before handing in my application.' There was also a seminar for careers teachers so that they could help their pupils make up their minds about university and give advice on admission procedures. Teachers were also able to make contacts to help them with any questions they might have during the year.