Date
18 August 2018
This year's HKDSE "super top scorer" Thomas Wong (back row, third from right) and other incoming freshmen at the HKU Faculty of Medicine are welcomed by the dean, Professor Gabriel Leung (front row, center). Photo: HKEJ
This year's HKDSE "super top scorer" Thomas Wong (back row, third from right) and other incoming freshmen at the HKU Faculty of Medicine are welcomed by the dean, Professor Gabriel Leung (front row, center). Photo: HKEJ

Six of nine HKDSE top scorers choose to study at HKU

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the top choice for further studies among the highest scorers in the 2018 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination, burnishing its reputation as a prestigious institution for tertiary education.

Of the nine top scorers with Level 5** in all seven subjects, six will become freshmen at HKU in the new academic year. They include Thomas Wong Tsz-hang, dubbed “super top scorer” for being the only one to get top marks in eight subjects as well as an extended module in mathematics in this year’s exams.

Wong and another top scorer, Josie Lam Yuet-yee, chose to enter HKU’s medical school as they both aspire to become doctors, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) attracted the other three top scorers, including Thomas Yuen Wai-him, who, after getting top marks in eight subjects, has chosen to enter its medicine program Global Physician-Leadership Stream.

Each of the medical schools at HKU and CUHK currently takes 235 students, but the government has decided to increase the number to 265 starting from the next academic year.

The results of the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) released on Monday showed 16,538 of the 46,703 applicants have secured admission offers to the city’s eight publicly-funded universities and the Open University of Hong Kong this year for bachelor’s degree programs.

Still, many of the students who failed in their bid to receive an offer via the JUPAS or even have had their HKDSE results below what was required have decided to pursue self-financing tertiary education, as shown by a long queue of people waiting outside the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Haking Wong) in Cheung Sha Wan to apply for enrollment at the school.

Meanwhile, some students were admitted by the universities mainly for their special talents in non-academic areas, such as sports.

Nineteen students were admitted to HKU this year via the sports scholarship scheme. One such student is Kristy Cheung Hiu-ching, a gold medal winner in the Women’s Epee (Cadet) of the Asian Junior & Cadet Fencing Championship 2015. Cheung will study dentistry at the university’s Faculty of Dentistry.

CUHK also offered sports scholarships to 23 students with outstanding performances in sports.

Universities also put a premium on other talents. Chan Ka-lung was admitted to CUHK’s Department of Economics. He has won prizes in many technology-related competitions, including a bronze medal he shared with two schoolmates in the engineering category of the 10th Annual International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) in 2017.

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