The first batch of mainland students should arrive in Hong Kong next month to study with local undergraduates. Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, of Chinese University, said yesterday it had recruited 18 students from Beijing University and 10 from Fudan University. 'We have flown to Beijing and Shanghai to interview the students and their parents. 'The students' standard is much higher than we had expected. They speak quite good English. 'They are applying for permits and we hope they can obtain them by the end of this month and join us in mid-October,' he said. The Government announced last month that about 450 top mainland students would study at local universities and colleges over the next four years. The $135 million pilot scheme is to boost student quality and reinforce cultural links. Henry Wai Wing-kun, deputy registrar of the University of Hong Kong, said it had recruited 10 students from Fudan University and planned to find another 18.