CUHK keeps winning streak on medicine

Local | Carine Chow 14 Aug 2020

The Chinese University is getting the lion's share of medical students admitted through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System this year, with its global program continuing to top the admissions chart.

A total of 41,664 Jupas applicants learned their results yesterday, with 37.5 percent admitted to nine local universities - 1.5 percentage points higher than last year.

Of the 336 students accepted into medical programs in Hong Kong via Jupas this year, 186, or 55 percent, chose CUHK.

Its medicine (global physician-leadership stream) undergraduate program continues to be top drawer, with the highest admission score among Jupas institutions for the seventh consecutive year.

The average admission score for seven subjects of both programs remains the same as last year: 43 points for medical students and 47 for medicine (GPS) students.

With the decrease in the number of Jupas applicants, CUHK's medical faculty also accepted fewer students, down from 192 last year. The number of medicine (GPS) students also fell from 47 last year to 36.

The University of Hong Kong also saw a slight drop in applications, mainly due to the drop in Jupas applicants and uncertainties brought on by Covid-19 and the unrest.

"However, we saw an increase in applications for our medical, law, global engineering and business programs, and a 40 percent increase in bachelor of arts and science applications," said Bennett Yim Chi-kin, director of undergraduate admissions and international student exchange.

HKU this year has given more than HK$2 million to about 70 students through its three newly introduced one-off admission scholarships - the Aspiration Scholarships for arts and social sciences students, Reach (Recognition of Achievements) Awards for students of health care and education-related programs, and the Future Leaders of the Year Scholarships 2020 for arts and sciences students.

Owen Wong Ngo-yin, with 31 points for his best five subjects, is one of the recipients of the FLY Scholarship 2020. He is admitted into the bachelor of arts and sciences.

The Reach awardee, Chan Chin-hung, is going for science after achieving 34 points in his best five subjects, including 5** in mathematics, physics, chemistry and information and technology.

Chan is accepted into the HKU's Young Scientists Scheme, which allows him to conduct scientific research under mentorship.

Chan is also accepted into the HKU-Cambridge undergraduate recruitment scheme (natural ciences), in which he may have a chance to study at the University of Cambridge for two to three years.

Alice Wong Sze-tsai, associate dean of science, said more than 20 students have applied for this new program.

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