Figures show that the most expensive academic discipline was dentistry, costing the Government $614,000 per student per school year. Medicine ranks second, costing $566,000, followed by biology at $314,000. Most applicants who chose medical programmes have outstanding academic results. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) dean of medicine Dr Sydney Chung Sheung-chee said about 1,200 candidates applied to do medical pro grammes last year, and of these, 900 had scored seven Cs in the HKCEE. In addition, graduates from presti gious foreign universities such as those in the United States, hoped to obtain a second degree at CUHK's Faculty of Medicine. Students at all Hong Kong's seven publicly funded universities pay a standard tuition fee of $42,000 a year at present. The amount has remained the same since the 1998-99 academic year.