Leaders of the University of Hong Kong have pledged to continue to step up student recruitment abroad as its international student numbers hit a new high. The total number of international students attending the university has reached 3,000, taking into account full-time, part-time, undergraduate, postgraduate, and mainland students. It includes 750 undergraduates, 1,445 postgraduates on taught degree programmes, 877 postgraduates taking research degrees and 280 exchange students attending HKU for one semester. A further 280 exchange students will come next semester. Mainland students account for 60 per cent of the total but vice-chancellor Professor Tsui Lap-chee said they were admitting students from an increasingly wide range of countries, which this year include Algeria, Brazil, Fiji, Iran, Lichtenstein, Chile, Russia and Tanzania. Chinese University admitted 280 non-local students among more than 2,000 freshmen this year. A spokeswoman for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology said: 'We have more than 1,500 non-local undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 400 overseas exchange students.'