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University in HK offering scholarships to Taiwanese

Staff writer, with CNA

The City University of Hong Kong is soliciting applications from outstanding Taiwanese students by offering scholarships of up to NT$2.56 million (US$81,296) for a maximum of four years of study, a spokesman said on Thursday.

In recent years, universities in Hong Kong have been recruiting Taiwanese students who have earned extremely high scores on their college entrance exam.

The City University of Hong Kong has recruited about 100 Taiwanese students since it began the solicitation program in Taiwan in 2009, the spokesman said.

City University of Hong Kong president Kuo Way (郭位) is Taiwanese.

He said that 18 percent of high-school students in Hong Kong enroll in colleges and universities, so they have no difficulty getting students.

However, to promote student exchanges between Hong Kong and Taiwan, his university took the initiative to recruit Taiwanese students, Kuo said, while praising the students’ creativity and outstanding performance.

The university has also established exchange agreements — primarily covering student exchanges — with 300 universities around the world.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is the middle of this month.

Huang Chia-yun (黃佳勻), a Taiwanese student who graduated from the university and works at a foreign bank in Hong Kong earning annual pay of more than NT$1 million, said she chose to study in Hong Kong because many international banks have a presence in the special administrative region, an Asian financial hub.

Lai Wen-ping (賴文平), another graduate from the university who works at a prestigious accounting firm in Taiwan, said that since all courses at the school are taught in English, that helped him greatly improve his language skills and he encouraged Taiwanese students wanting to enter business school to study in Hong Kong.

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