- The school’s Animation and Media Arts Concentration has 578 applicants fighting for just 13 spots
- Courses like nursing and social work are also popular, since they offer professional qualifications
The most popular degree in Hong Kong is Baptist University's (HKBU) Animation and Media Arts Concentration, according to the first round of Jupas (Joint University Programmes Admissions System) submissions.
It was also the top choice last year.
The programme saw 578 applicants fighting for 13 spots this year. This means there are nearly 44 students battling it out for one place.
Chinese University’s (CUHK) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) degree programme ranked second among secondary students in Hong Kong this year. It attracted 815 applicants who will be vying for 21 places. The same programme offered by the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) was ranked five.
Among the other top courses are CUHK’s Japanese Studies and Physical Education, Exercise Science and Health, and EdUHK’s Chinese History and Physical Education.
Clement Ng Po-shing, Director of Hok Yau Club’s Student Guidance Centre, said HKBU’s Animation and Media Arts Concentration course has “a good balance of interest, future development and job prospects”, which explains why students would prefer it.
“Learning with a focus on digital animation would be beneficial to students as it’s essential across advertising, movies and social media sector,” he added.
The programme would not be affected by the pandemic because digital animation is in demand around the world.
Ng said courses like nursing and social work are also popular since they offer professional qualifications.
Programmes that do not offer professional qualifications mean less competition and advantage in the job market for students, he said.
The Jupas, used by students to apply for local full-time undergraduate programmes, closed its online applications on December 9.
Applicants can make changes to their programme choices until May 31. Students will, however, need to pay a fee of HK$100 in advance for each amendment they make.