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  • HKU hits a high note for medics
    Date:2018-08-07 

    The University of Hong Kong's medical school will introduce new admission measures next year to enroll more bright students.

    They will inform students who do well in interviews in advance if they are accepted.

    This comes amid fierce competition between the city's two medical schools-- in HKU and Chinese University of Hong Kong - after CUHK managed to grab 60 percent of medical students admitted through the Joint University Programs Admissions System this year.

    The new measures were announced by HKU's dean of medicine, Gabriel Matthew Leung, after JUPAS results came out yesterday morning.

    He said a minimum score for admission will be announced at the HKU Information Day at the end of November or early December, while the number of places will increase from 235 to 265 next year.

    The new arrangements will provide students with a clearer choice, Leung said.

    "Starting from the next school year, admission will become more transparent. We will tell students the minimum score so people don't need to guess," he said

    The main round of multiple-mini interviews will be held in early June, and students will know the interview results - either satisfactory or borderline - by end of June, before the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination and the JUPAS results are announced.

    Students who apply for the program and have satisfactory performance in interviews, will be guaranteed places if they attain the minimum score in the DSE exam, Leung said.

    He added that if candidates fail to meet "satisfactory" in interviews in June, but obtain the minimum score in the DSE exam, they can try again in the second round of interviews in July.

    Leung said the new arrangement can "give candidates more opportunity to make favorite choices" and "to find the most suitable programs."

    The HKU medical school also said that for students admitted to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program, the average score of candidates in the best six subjects in the DSE exam is 39 marks.

    Two top scorers also launch their medicine dream at HKU - Josie Lam Yuet-yee, and the highest scorer in the DSE this year, Thomas Wong Tsz-hang, who obtained nine 5** in his report card.

    At yesterday's press conference, Leung put the white coat on them.

    Wong, the first "super scorer" in DSE history, said he aims to practice in Hong Kong. He also wants to take part in research and teaching.

    Wong, who is also a cellist, played music with Leung on the piano yesterday.

    HKU also offered places to four other top scorers who obtained 5** in seven or more subjects - Michael Lam Ching-wang, Andy Shum Ka-ho, Hubert Wong Chin-ho and Cheris Lee Cheuk-ying. Lam will study law and Shum dental surgery. The other two top scorers will study the double degree program of business administration (law) and LLB.

    A fencing athlete, Kristy Cheung Hiu-ching, was admitted to the dental surgery program at HKU. Cheung said she suffered anorexia because of stress from the public exams. Her weight dropped to 40 kilograms, but she faced her problem after DSE and joined the dentistry school with 31 marks.

    Thomas Yuen Wai-him, another top scorer who obtained eight 5** in this year's DSE exam, will take the global physician-leadership stream undergraduate program in the faculty of medicine at CUHK.

    CUHK said the median admission score for best six subjects of the GPS program this year is 42 marks, while the program has the highest median admission score among the JUPAS institutions for the fifth consecutive year. It recruited 29 students this year, double last year's figure.

    Apart from taking 60 percent or 155 medical students admitted through JUPAS, more than half of the 60 students who got 46 marks or above chose to study medicine at CUHK.

    Meanwhile, 13-year-old DSE candidate Tsui Man-hung, who obtained 20 marks in the public exam, was admitted to the school of engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.



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