Admission scores for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's global business programme are the highest among all university programmes, according to the latest information from the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (Jupas). The median scores of those admitted into the programme included three As in the A-level examination, and grades B and A for the required subjects of English and Chinese Language respectively. The programme, offering 30 places this year, provides students with a chance to go on exchange at an overseas institution for one semester and an internship at a local company. Tam Kar-yan, associate dean of HKUST's School of Business and Management, said these were big attractions for students. The school was hoping to provide exchange opportunities for other business students as well. Other programmes with high admission scores this year include quantitative finance and medical studies at Chinese University. The median English score of applicants for CUHK's medical studies programme was higher than that for the same programme at HKU. But university administrators warned the scores provided by Jupas might not reflect the admission criteria of a programme. 'Various faculties and programmes attach different weighting to A-Level results. Some put a lot of weight on performance in interviews,' said Cheng Kwok-keung, admissions co-ordinator for CUHK's engineering faculty. 'In our faculty, we will give an offer to students with a good track record in extra-curricular activities and good results in the Certificate of Education Examination, as long as he or she has reached our minimum requirements for A-level results. An offer could be given to students whose A-level results are marginal.' CUHK also changed its admissions policy this year to accept results in public examinations re-sat by students. Others think Jupas should reveal more of the other admissions requirements, apart from academic results. Francis Cheung Wing-ming, registrar at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and a member of the Jupas management board, said: 'In our case, we interview each applicant whose HKCEE results meet our requirements. Those who fail in the interview will not be taken on regardless of their A-level results. We are looking for professional suitability.' He added: 'The release of only the A-level scores will undermine universities' attempts to diversify their admission criteria.'' Peter Chiu Wing-tak, vice-principal of La Salle College and chairman of the Association of Career Masters and Guidance Masters, agreed other information, such as universities' general admissions policies and the weighting given to principals' referrals, should also be provided. 'There are differences in the ways institutions assess applicants. HKU, for example, takes into account a student's family background when considering his or her academic and non-academic performances.'