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那一課程最易考入?

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Posted on January 25, 2013 by

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有些家長問我:「那一門課程最易考入?」

我明白部份同學或家長會考慮先考入一所大學,或者某個課程,然後再看是否有機會轉科、轉系,甚至轉校。

雖然聽起來較難入耳,但我通常會直說:「我不喜歡回答這個問題。」

大家首先要知道大學資助委員會不鼓勵院校收轉校生,轉校這一道後門是不太容易打開的。

但更重要的是心態的問題。我認為做父母的應該協助孩子訂立較高目標,並努力向目標進發。太輕易去考慮後備「後門」方案,容易令年青人失去動力,豈不是不戰而敗。

我再三強調,我們不應用輸贏的角度去報考大學。真的是不管讀什麼,只要考得上大學就贏了嗎?其實,跨入大學之門只是另一階段的開始,我們眼光要放遠點。同學必須喜歡所讀的大學和課程,起碼為自己的能力和選擇略感自豪,樂意投放四年時光,每天都熱切地享受課堂內外的大學生活。這樣的話,不論修讀什麼課程,前途必定一片光明。

如只為入大學而入大學,即使成功又如何?考入不喜歡的課程,每日都只得自嘆自艾,試問怎會積極投入學習呢?壓力自然大,成績必然不會彪炳,自我形象固然不會高吧!

話說回來,科大現採用學院制收生。同學首先進入學院,修讀過不同範疇的課,然後才揀選主修。學院制收生下,理、工、商學院各收數百學生,堂堂正正由正門而入並非大家想像中難,根本用不著開啟「後門」。

考大學好比參加游泳比賽,既然跳進了池,不要再左顧右盼想太多。唯一而又最好的策略是朝着目標,全力以赴,做到最好。

Betty Law
科大本科招生及入學事務處副處長
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JUPAS and non-JUPAS split

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Posted on January 22, 2013 by

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“Why do universities prefer non-JUPAS students and provide an easy “back-door” entry route to them?” This question comes up repeatedly from teachers and parents. They seem so sure that it is a fact.

Well, let’s get the facts straight. It is true that we want to see a more diverse student body. However, I would say that back-door entry is a perceived reality rather than a reality. Here’s some information about our non-JUPAS admission:

- We do not have a JUPAS/non-JUPAS quota. We expect to fill 85% (+/-) of the 1900 places for local students through the JUPAS Scheme. For special double-cohort admission cycle in 2012, our JUPAS intake accounts for 87% of the 3-Year intake and 98% of the 4Y intake.

- 2013 Non-JUPAS intake would also include HKALE repeaters, and sub-degree holders. In our experience, these candidates are in general more mature and clearer of their goals. They do deserve having a second chance.

- The median IB score is 37 out of 45, the median GCEAL score is 1A*2A and the median SAT Reasoning Test score is 2,020 out of 2,400. Like JUPAS students, non-JUPAS students also need to work very hard in order to get into UST.

- We go for internationalization but not at the expenses of admitting local students. There is a separate admission quota for admitting students from the Mainland and the rest of the world.

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
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