Nearly 20,000 Jupas applicants make cut

With less competition, a higher proportion of 37.5 percent of applicants have been accepted into bachelor's degree programs at nine local universities through the Legislative Council this year - 1.5 percentage points higher than last year. The results will be...

Mandy Zheng

Thursday, August 13, 2020

With less competition, a higher proportion of 37.5 percent of applicants have been accepted into bachelor's degree programs at nine local universities through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System this year - 1.5 percentage points higher than last year.

The results will be released today. Through Jupas - the main route to apply for local tertiary institutions - applicants can seek entry to full-time programs at the eight institutions funded by the University Grants Committee and the self-financed Open University.

There were 41,664 applicants this year, a drop of 2,749 from last year, with the figures declining since 2013.

Among them, 15,642 students were admitted to bachelor's degree programs, some 300 fewer than in 2019. Another 4,353 students were accepted for associate degrees or higher diploma programs, bringing the number of Jupas admissions this year to 19,995.

The figures mean 48 percent of applicants received offers, compared to 45.5 percent last year.

Of the seven top scorers - those who achieved 5** in all seven subjects - in this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam, five applied to local institutions through Jupas while two chose to study abroad.

The University of Hong Kong is taking in four top scorers, with three studying medicine and one studying engineering.

Students accepted by HKU through Jupas had an average score of 28.5 for their five best performing subjects combined - the highest among all local universities.

A total of 23 students with 5** in more than three subjects applied for HKU's law-related programs. Subjects like applied AI and fintech were also popular.

"This year has been an exceptionally difficult year for DSE candidates, yet we see them striving for self-improvement and achieving outstanding results," said Bennett Yim Chi-kin, HKU's director of undergraduate admissions and international student exchange.

At the University of Science and Technology, the newly admitted had an average score of 25 for their five best subjects.

HKUST offered 20 high scorers, whose average score was 32, places to its bachelor of business and management in global business program.

mandy.zheng@singtaonewscorp.com