MORE Malaysian students are eyeing Hong Kong as their education destination.
University of Hong Kong (HKU) Undergraduate Admissions and International Student Exchange director Prof Chi Kin Yim says there is more interest for the university based on the number of attendees at its recent open house.
Applications for the university dropped when the protests started, he says.
However, he points out, Malaysian school-leavers are not shying away as HKU’s open house attracted close to 100 attendees.
This does not include those who were shortlisted for entrance interviews.
Protests began in June last year over a proposed extradition law and other grievances. The proposed law has since been withdrawn.
First year Biomedical Engineering student Chow Jo Yi, 21, says she has invested a lot of time and effort to enter the prestigious HKU, adding that she was not going to turn down the opportunity to study there.
The course started last August, says the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Belt and Road Scholarship recipient.
“Our students’ safety is our number one priority.
“Due to safety concerns, we switched to the online delivery of classes, ” says Yim.
Lessons at HKU were broadcast online for students who could not attend the live lectures or discussions.
“After this, it was examination season, ” he says.
During the open house, Yim says there were many enquiries on the engineering, business and science courses available, which are the most popular among Malaysian students.
Currently, around a quarter of the student body comes from other countries, adding that this is only for full-time students.
If you count the number of students who are in HKU on an exchange or other short-term programmes, the percentage is much higher.
“Probably over 30%, ” he says, adding that this has helped raise its international university rankings.
HKU is ranked 25th in the world and number one in Hong Kong by QS World University Rankings in 2020, justifying its position as ‘Asia’s Global University’.
It is also recognised as the ‘World’s Most International University’ by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, owing to its admissions of international students, recruitment of international staff, engagement in international co-authorship and world-renowned reputation.
Yim credits the high employability rate to its rise in the rankings.
There are many scholarship opportunities for Malaysian students, which includes the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Belt and Road Scholarship.
“This scholarship covers the full tuition fees and guarantees a study experience in China, ” he adds.
This could be in the form of an internship, study visit, summer programme or others.
There are 10 students selected for the scholarship from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Five HKU students received the scholarship, including Chow.
In 2019,18 Malaysian students received full scholarships worth more than RM6mil.
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