A total of 17,675 students passed the 2017 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination and are waiting to become university freshmen next month.
The results of the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) were released on Monday.
Based on the 48,502 candidates who took the exam, the success rate worked out to about 36 percent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
While the rate is the highest since the HKDSE was launched in 2012, it also means most students can only pursue higher education through other channels.
About 69 percent of JUPAS passers were admitted to their first three choices, with 58 students obtaining Level 5** in five or more subjects. They will enter the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
Six were extraordinarily outstanding with Level 5** in all seven subjects, making them so-called top scholars.
While five of these top scorers chose HKU, the best of them, Maggie Lam, who achieved Level 5** in all seven subjects plus the extended mathematics module, picked the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
This is the first time a top HKDSE scorer has chosen CUHK over HKU.
Lam said the reason she made such a choice is that CUHK has a unique college system and human touch.
Lam said she will enroll in its prestigious global medicine program.
Law Tsz-fung, one of the four top scorers who will enter HKU’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, said he will devote himself to medical research to help ease patients’ suffering.
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Four of this year’s HKDSE topnotchers will study medicine at the University of Hong Kong, with one going into dentistry. Photo: University of Hong Kong