A group of mainland students is preparing to study alongside SAR counterparts at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) next year. They will join as freshmen. The academic standards of 24 students from Fudan University and Shanghai Communications University have been recognised by CityU. CityU's president, Professor Chang Hsin-kay, said the exchange scheme was another milestone in the collaboration with mainland universities. 'In this scheme, the mainland universities run effectively as foster tertiary colleges to give adequate training to our students,' he said. 'Some students from the collaborative universities will attend master courses on our campus.' Apart from their professional studies, the students will take specific subjects related to the SAR's tertiary education policy. Professor Chang said student selection would be based on interviews and examinations. CityU provided even those with a solid grounding in English with an 'English enhancement course'. 'We also wanted to invite the students to visit our campus before their formal entrance,' Professor Chang said. CityU understands the need to absorb talented overseas students through exchange programmes. This academic year, 17 such students from Europe and the United States will spend a year there. The university is also planning to build accommodation for 3,000 local and foreign students.