HK university attracts mainland students

17:08, July 04, 2011      

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The University of Hong Kong has attracted 11 students from mainland provinces who achieved top scores in the national college entrance exam this year, almost double the number in 2010.

The offers no longer give priority to students from first-rate cities like Beijing and Shanghai, but also cover the central and western regions of the mainland, the University of Hong Kong announced on Saturday.

For the first time, the university has opened its enrollment plan for students from the Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions, Qinghai and Gansu provinces.

More than 165 high school students from those areas have applied to the Hong Kong university this year.

The university has received applications from the top-scorers from Guangdong, Anhui and Yunnan provinces and the Tibet autonomous region.

The new students at the university will also include three top-scorers in liberal arts from Beijing, and four top-scorers in both liberal arts and science from Shanghai and Hunan province.

The University of Hong Kong started enrolling mainland students in 2000, and has been expanding the program in recent years.

It received 10,362 applications from mainland students, which is an increase of 14.8 percent on the numbers last year.

However, only 300 mainland students will be able to study at the University of Hong Kong, which means one winner for every 34 applicants in 2011.

The number of applicants from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all increased by more than 1,000 this year.

"Economics and finance are no longer the only popular major choices for mainland students," the official in charge of mainland affairs for the University of Hong Kong told the Beijing Morning Post.

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