20 February 2019
Hong Kong's universities are vying for top scorers amid a dropping student population. Full scholarships on offers range from HK$278,400 to HK$368,400 per head for four-year undergraduate study. Photo: GovHK
Hong Kong's universities are vying for top scorers amid a dropping student population. Full scholarships on offers range from HK$278,400 to HK$368,400 per head for four-year undergraduate study. Photo: GovHK

CUHK, HKU step up scholarships, grants in fight for top pupils

Over HK$270,000 in scholarships and allowances are on offer for four-year undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), highlighting a scramble among tertiary institutions for top-class pupils amid fears of shrinking student enrolment.

In a statement dated July 9, CUHK said it will add to university admission scholarships for Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) admittees and set up a new bursary scheme in 2017-18.

The two steps can benefit students who have either an outstanding academic performance or financial needs, it said.

On top of current scholarships, the university, which is ranked 46th worldwide and 3rd in Hong Kong on the latest Quacquarelli Symonds table, will offer a study allowance of HK$20,000 to JUPAS admittees who aced the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) with Level 5** in six or more subjects.

New students who have attained Level 5** in three to five subjects in HKDSE will be eligible for an additional scholarship of HK$10,000 for overseas exchange or outreach activities, and, an admission scholarship of HK$5,000 will be given to students who have attained Level 5** in two subjects.

Along with this, a new bursary in a total amount of HK$1 million per year will be offered to 50 students with financial needs who demonstrate diligence in their studies, the statement said.

Quest for top-class pupils

Starting from 2017-18, JUPAS admittees with Level 5** in six or more subjects in HKDSE will be given a study allowance of HK$20,000, on top of a full-tuition scholarship and an exchange scholarship of HK$30,000.

Both the study allowance and full-tuition scholarship are renewable up to the normative study period of the undergraduate program, subject to good academic performance.

All added up, that means the maximum total amount of an admission scholarship will be HK$402,600 for a six-year medical program, and HK$278,400 for a four-year program.

“We would like to give due recognition to those outstanding students who have striven hard to achieve good results in HKDSE. Both the number and total amount of university admission scholarships to be awarded based on exam results will undoubtedly increase in the years to come.

“To encourage multi-faceted development in our students, we also offer admission scholarships to new students on the basis of their non-academic achievements,” Professor Wong Suk-Ying, CUHK’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, said in the statement.

Apart from expanding admission scholarships, CUHK, using a generous donation from Shanghai Fraternity Association Hong Kong Ltd., will offer new bursaries amounting to HK$1 million annually.

Fifty students with financial needs will be awarded HK$20,000 each. Students will be selected on the basis of diligence in studies, irrespective of their year of study or nationality. 

Meanwhile, another local flagship institution, the University of Hong Kong, has also been swift in beefing up its own big-ticket offers.

Up to HK$360,000 per head is on offer for elite students who enroll in four-year programs. HKU has also teamed up with top foreign universities such as Yale, Oxford and Cambridge for joint courses and exchange schemes for its students.

Top scorers admitted to HKU with level 5** in seven subjects in HKDSE will be honored as the President’s Scholars. On top of a tuition fee waiver, they will be granted exclusive scholarships.

President’s Scholars admitted to 6-year undergraduate programs will be awarded scholarships up to HK$452,600, and those admitted to 4-year undergraduate programs will get scholarships up to HK$368,400, plus overseas learning scholarships up to HK$200,000.

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