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After the travails of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination and the long rest in the summer, students newly admitted to CUHK were readying themselves for their college days and taking part in August’s orientation activities. This year, through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS), CUHK admitted 2,846 HKDSE takers, of whom 99.2% made CUHK their Band A choices. Among candidates who achieved the highest level of 5** in five subjects or above in the HKDSE across the territory, over half were admitted by CUHK, including the seven top-scorers with 5** in seven subjects, as well as the five students with 5** in six subjects.
Four CUHK programmes made the cut of the 10 most competitive programmes in the JUPAS institutions by reference to the median scores of the best five subjects. These are: Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream), Global Business Studies, Medicine, and Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science. Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream) has been the programme with the highest median admission score across the territory for six consecutive years.
For Medicine programmes, over 60% of 377 students accepted to local medical schools via JUPAS chose CUHK. With the full score of DSE capped at 49, more than two-thirds of 74 students who got 46 marks or above and pursue medical degrees are with CUHK. Among the eight students with 5** in seven subjects or above who identify medicine as their vocation, seven were admitted by the University.
Twenty-two admittees were awarded the fifth ‘Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship’ under the auspices of the Home Affairs Bureau which covers their tuition fees in full. Twenty-five students have been admitted through the University’s Sports Scholarship Scheme with their outstanding performance in sports, three of whom representing Hong Kong in their respective fields.
Our freshmen are exemplary in both academic work and character. Many of them are outstanding athletes, too. CUHK’s humanistic orientation and whole-person educational ideal will be fertile ground for their growth.
This article was originally published in No. 542, Newsletter in Sep 2019.