Date
23 September 2017
Some employers say graduates of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (left) are more hard-working, while grads from the University of Hong Kong may feel some tasks are beneath them. Photos: HK govt
Some employers say graduates of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (left) are more hard-working, while grads from the University of Hong Kong may feel some tasks are beneath them. Photos: HK govt

HKU still the best university, but employers prefer CUHK grads

The University of Hong Kong remains the best university in the city, but its graduates are no longer the most sought after by employers, a survey by HKU’s Public Opinion Program has found.

A total of 86 school principals and 1,201 other Hongkongers were interviewed for the annual survey, commissioned by non-profit website Education18.com.

It found that graduates from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), which was ranked the second-best university, are the top choice among 196 interviewees who have taken part in hiring recruits.

They were followed by those from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Sky Post reported Friday.

HKU graduates, who topped the employers’ wish list in last year’s survey, fell to third place.

The respondents mentioned two key qualities sought in new hires — communication skills and a good work attitude.

Alexa Chow, managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, said she has been told by some employers that CUHK graduates are more hard-working and have fewer complaints, while those from HKU tend to refuse tasks that they deem a waste of their talents.

She advised new graduates to be humble and to communicate with their employers often to learn about their expectations, rather than being picky about the content of their jobs.

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