The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) held an informational admissions seminar in Taipei on Sunday, as it looked to attract Taiwanese students by offering two full scholarships.
The scholarships, which cover four years of tuition and living allowances, and are valued at NT$2.21 million (US$74,800) each, will be awarded to two outstanding Taiwanese students.
This is the first time the school has reserved full scholarships for Taiwanese applicants. In addition, a university official said students who do not receive the full scholarships would be able to apply for other scholarships that are available to all foreign students.
The school official said its educational system was similar to Western universities, with a more liberal style of study coupled with abundant resources. The school also provides bilingual instruction and more than 90 percent of the school’s students take part in overseas exchange programs each year.
In addition, the official said the Hong Kong government offers a 12-month visa waiver to foreign students in an attempt to ensure that graduating students remain in Hong Kong.
A mother attending the seminar, surnamed Wang (王), said her daughter, a student at Taipei Municipal Zhongshan Girls High School, plans to study law.
Wang and her daughter are considering an overseas education at CUHK because Hong Kong is close to Taiwan and the school has a more international outlook.
A student from Taipei’s Yan Ping High School also said there were advantages to studying in Hong Kong.
“I want to have the opportunity to check out the outside world,” he said, adding that he hopes to study in CUHK’s business department.
The seminar was well attended. For those who were interested in the school’s programs, it was possible to apply at the seminar and schedule oral examinations.