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HK students aim for mainland universities

By Cheng Yingqi,Xu Jingxi (China Daily)

08:09, May 11, 2012

Prestigious universities on the mainland opened their doors to Hong Kong students, but some said it was not easy to cross the thresholds set by the universities.

Before Tuesday, all universities authorized by the Ministry of Education will finish their enrollment and release the admission list online.

The ministry authorized 63 mainland universities in November to recruit Hong Kong students without taking the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities, which had previously been required for students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao.

Over the weekend, five authorized universities held their own admission exams on the campus of the University of Hong Kong. Other universities also conducted exams in Hong Kong and Shenzhen over the last few days.

Mainland universities set the thresholds for their own entrance exams. Students who took the entrance exam for Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, were divided into groups of five or six.

The candidates were asked questions such as: "Why is a college education important since both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates quit university but still became successful in the world?" and "Give examples to illustrate that progress in technology degenerates human beings' abilities".

The Hong Kong students handled the tricky topics well and impressed the interviewers, especially with their great sense of social responsibility and strong awareness of citizenship, according to Wu Xiaofeng, director of Sun Yat-sen University's admissions office.

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