Baptist University students say they had a low self-image when they started college. They also thought graduates were generally less competitive than their counterparts at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University, says a report released by the University Grants Committee yesterday. The committee called for an improvement in student evaluation of teaching and for existing informal talks between teachers and students to be made more systematic. Without these moves, it added, the problems would escalate if student needs changed. 'More formal review processes would be desirable. Staff development is very ad hoc and informal,' said the committee. But it claimed: 'The university's goal of whole person education was quite successful.' And it added: 'It's not clear who's responsible for quality, though everyone cares about it.' The committee also said students should know how teachers had been evaluated. 'Without such feedback one risks a vicious circle - students' interest wanes because they don't see their input providing results, which causes staff to take the surveys less seriously, which further reduces the quality of the data.' University president Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai said he understood how some students lacked confidence when seeking jobs, especially when there were more and more university graduates. He said training was the answer, adding that staff would be appointed in each department to check teaching quality and student evaluation.