CUHK Admits 2,916 Outstanding HKDSE Students
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) admitted, through JUPAS, 2,916 students who sat for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination and the intake this year is impressive. 99.8% of them were Band A students. Of all candidates who achieved Level 5** in one subject or above in the HKDSE, territory-wide, 34% were admitted by CUHK, including the only student in Hong Kong with 5** in seven subjects, and an additional 5** in the Mathematics Extended Module, who will enroll in Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream), and five students with 5** in six subjects.
From 2017 onwards, programmes at the University are adopting one out of two selection principles in calculating the admission scores of applicants. Of the 57 programmes that admitted JUPAS students this year, 16 will continue to use 4C+2X as the selection principle, taking into consideration results in the 4 core subjects and 2 best electives (or 1 best elective and Mathematics Extended Module I or II) in score calculation. The other 41 programmes are adopting “Best 5” as the selection principle and, in calculating the admission scores, consider mainly the five HKDSE subjects with the best results. In terms of admission scores of JUPAS students, around 70% of the 57 programmes achieved a median “Best 5” score of 25 or above.
In terms of the median admission scores of the best five subjects, four out of the top ten programmes/ streams among the JUPAS institutions in the territory are CUHK programmes including Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream), Global Business Studies, Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science and Medicine. Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream) is the top programme with the highest median admission scores territory-wide for four consecutive years.
In terms of the admission scores achieved by individual JUPAS applicants in their best five subjects, 10 programmes/streams at CUHK admitted students this year with a score of 35 (that is, Level 5** in 5 subjects). These programmes include Chinese Language and Literature, Enrichment Mathematics, Enrichment Stream in Theoretical Physics, Global Business Studies, Insurance, Financial and Actuarial Analysis, Medicine, Medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream), Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science, Science, and Translation.
“Star” Student Immerses in Innovation
The Faculty of Science at CUHK has been actively promoting STEM (that is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education throughout the years, launching the first STEM Course for secondary school students in early July this year in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to nurture future specialists and researchers. The Course was very well-received, and the admission results of the Faculty this year are equally encouraging. Of all JUPAS students admitted to courses by the Science faculties in JUPAS institutions in Hong Kong, 46 achieved 3 Level 5** or above, of which 50% (or 23 students) were admitted to the Faculty of Science at CUHK, including one student who scored Level 5** in six subjects.
“Star” student Wong Sum Ming is one of the candidates admitted to the Faculty of Science. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia from a young age, Sum Ming overcame his limitations with an inquiring mind and perseverance. He has had a passion for innovation, and has been recognised in regional competitions for his creative inventions as early as his primary school years. When he was in secondary school, he continued to develop his talents and, with exceptional creativity and persistence, won awards and prizes from over 20 competitions at local and international levels, including: the Create Award at the 2013 VEX Robotics Middle School World Championship; in 2014, an award for Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry, from the Yale Science & Engineering Association Inc.; in 2016, a Gold Award from the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, and more. In 2015, after claiming second position in the Materials Science Category at the 66th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, an asteroid, 31907, was named after Wong Sum Ming. The winning project, a self-sanitising door handle, took two years of effort to complete. Sum Ming, together with a schoolmate, spent countless hours researching on the initial idea and conducting experiments. He is immensely grateful to a mentor at CUHK who allowed them to use a laboratory on campus.
A Musician’s Tale with Zheng
Tse Miu Shun, a recipient of the HKSAR Home Affairs Bureau Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship, is a musician specialising in the Chinese instrument, Zheng. She has been admitted to the Music programme. Miu Shun’s commitment to Zheng-playing did not stop at achieving Grade 8—instead, she deferred her studies for two years to further her Zheng practice in the mainland. She enjoys immensely her time with the instrument which helps nurture her soul and personality. For her, intensive practice sessions have helped improve persistence, and taught the balance between music and studies. Miu Shun’s extraordinary passion for Zheng is shown in her active participation in music contests. In 2014, she won the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in Zheng Solo – Advanced, as well as the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in the Open Folk Solo category. She plans to continue her music exploration journey at CUHK.
Visually-Impaired Student to Enlighten Lives with Psychology
At the age of 10, Chan Jason Pak Ho was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease, an eye disease that severely affects his studies. With determination and an optimistic attitude, he scored 5 or above in six subjects, and achieved Level 5* in two of them. Joining the Psychology programme at CUHK, Jason plans to become a counsellor and help those affected by emotional disturbances. Despite the challenges he faced, Jason participated actively in voluntary work and extra-curricular activities to influence others by his passion. He was recognised for his years of service to the Community Youth Club, for which he once served as treasurer.
Eight “Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship” Awardees Join CUHK
HKSAR Home Affairs Bureau launched the “Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship” in 2015. Through the scholarship scheme, around 20 local undergraduate students, each year, are awarded full-tuition fee scholarships by the government to study a bachelor degree in recognition of their achievements in non-academic areas such as sports, arts and/or community service. 8 scholarship recipients this year are being admitted to CUHK. The programmes admitting them include Integrated BBA, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, and Physical Education, Exercise Science and Health. Amongst them is Lau Ka Ho, who has dedicated himself to community service since junior school. He volunteered earnestly for the underprivileged from diverse age groups, and led his school’s volunteer team as the president, utilising his experience and leadership skills. He was awarded a Gold Certificate by the Social Welfare Department, in recognition of his contributions. In 2016, he was recommended for a service trip to Cambodia for his outstanding performance in the YMCA of Hong Kong – Youth Leadership Development Scheme. The trip has strengthened his commitment to serve the community.
This year, 126 students were admitted to CUHK through the “School Principal’s Nominations Scheme”. Through the Sports Scholarship Scheme, 23 were admitted including students with outstanding achievements in sports including athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, handball, karatedo, squash, swimming, table-tennis, taekwondo, tennis and water polo. 7 of these sportsmen/ sportswomen are members of teams that represent Hong Kong officially, 15 of them are from the Hong Kong Junior Squad and another one is member of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation.