Representatives of eight universities in Hong Kong and Macau hosted admissions meetings in Taiwan over the weekend to offer scholarships aimed at attracting Taiwanese students to their schools.
On offer were scholarships to schools such as the City University of Hong Kong, which offered a full scholarship of HK$160,000 (US$20,628) per year to cover miscellaneous fees, accommodation and living expenses, or the University of Macau, which is offering 10 scholarships that would waive tuition and accommodation fees.
Six of the schools had booths at college fairs that were held jointly by the Taipei and Kaohsiung city governments on Saturday and yesterday.
Aside from the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Macau, other schools represented at the fairs included the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Macau University of Science and Technology, and the Institute for Tourism Studies in Macau.
The schools also conducted admissions interviews to save applicants the trouble of having to travel overseas.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology said that it sometimes conducts the interviews by telephone, but that its business, science and engineering departments had opted to send professors this year to speak with Taiwanese applicants in person.
At least 100 local students have applied to the school this year, a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology official said.
Chung Sheng-yuan, who was admitted to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s business school last year, said that Hong Kong is Asia’s financial capital and is therefore an ideal place to study business.
Universities, colleges, vocational schools, police academies and military schools from across the nation are also participating in the annual college fairs.
The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong did not participate in the fairs, but are also holding admissions interviews in Taipei.