Coronavirus: Hong Kong university admissions remain unchanged despite delay in HKDSE results


Schools said they would take the Covid-19 class suspensions into account when selecting students

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Hong Kong’s major universities do not expect the delay in the release of the DSE results this year to affect admissions, while some of the institutions will take into account school suspensions due to anti-government protests and the ongoing coronavirus epidemic when selecting students.

This comes as several institutes saw their global rankings fall. In written replies to Young Post queries, the universities explained their response to this year’s events, with the number of places for students expected to remain unchanged.

Chinese University said they are working closely alongside other Jupas institutions to prepare for the results. “Following the usual practice, the university and its programmes will exercise flexibility in selection and admission, taking into consideration the overall social context, as well as the specific talents and aspirations of applicants.” 

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City University has made adjustments to their interview dates due to the delay, while some programmes will switch to online interviews for public health reasons. “The evaluation is primarily based on the final HKDSE results and other relevant criteria. CityU understands the circumstances affecting students this year and is prepared to consider flexibility when warranted,” they added.

A Lingnan University spokesperson said: “As there is only a week’s delay in the release of HKDSE exam results, it won’t cause any problems for Lingnan University admitting HKDSE applicants via Jupas.”

The University of Science and Technology said they will “closely monitor the latest announcements on this year’s DSE and make appropriate arrangements when necessary”. 

The University of Hong Kong, too, does not expect the one-week delay in the DSE results to pose a problem. 

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“We understand the candidates’ studies are being disrupted due to multiple school suspensions this year,” a spokesperson said. “Therefore, HKU is trying its best to offer help to students in their HKDSE exams preparation by sharing HKDSE top scorers’ study tips on Facebook and having our Student Ambassadors who achieved 5** in HKDSE subjects answering homework questions in ‘IG Homework Chatroom’. There will be more sessions, please stay tuned.” 

Polytechnic University assured students they are working with the Jupas office to accommodate students. "PolyU will provide more information to help the DSE students better understand the programme details and the admission requirements of each faculty in the upcoming JUPAS Consultation Day 2020." they said.

Education University has also made preperations for the disruption, and also said "For the 2020/21 academic year, intake numbers will remain the same and there is no special dispensation on admissions grading being planned for the time being."

The government had earlier said they were confident the exams could go ahead safely. 

A spokesperson for the Education Bureau said DSE candidates returning from Hubei province, the epicentre of the mainland’s coronavirus outbreak, would be quarantined for 14 days. 

They will be kept under observation by the Department of Health, and “after the quarantine period, they may take the exam like other candidates”, the spokesperson said.