Five of the six top DSE scorers choose medicine after release of Jupas results

Five of the six top DSE scorers choose medicine after release of Jupas results

The one remaining top scorer didn't stray far, and is going with dentistry instead


Top scorer Maggie Lam will enrol in the Global Physician-Leadership Stream.
Photo: Dickson Lee/SCMP

Nearly 70 per cent of the 21,165 DSE candidates, or 14,606 students, have been offered one of their top three choices (Band A) at local universities, the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (Jupas) Office announced this morning.

Almost 84 per cent of those given offers, or 17,675 students, will study bachelor’s degree programmes funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC), while more than 16 per cent, or 3,490 students, have been offered places for associate degrees or higher diploma programmes.

Super top scorer Maggie Lam Li-man from Diocesan Girls’ School will study medicine (Global Physician-Leadership Stream) undergraduate programme (GPS) at the Chinese University (CUHK). Maggie said its unique college system played a crucial role in her choice because she was impressed with its college life and great variety of activities.

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Apart from fulfilling her dream to become a doctor, Maggie said the GPS programme will offer a high level of leadership training. “The GPS programme provides extra leadership training, as well as exchange opportunities. I want to grasp the opportunities to go abroad for further study and expand my knowledge,” said Maggie, who earned an impressive eight 5** in her DSE exams in 2017.

Meanwhile, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has admitted five top DSE scorers. Munsang College’s top scorer Leung Kwun-hong will study dentistry. Four other perfect scorers will study medicine, including Queen’s College’s Richard Choy Wai-chak, Belilios Public School’s Angela Sze Yik-yan, and St. Paul’s Co-educational College’s Tang Wai-chi and Li Long-hin.

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A total of 20,885 school candidates in 2017 – 40.9 per cent – obtained at least the minimum score required by the eight government-funded universities, scoring at least 3 in Chinese language and English language, and at least 2 in maths and liberal studies, which is 1.3 per cent lower than last year. This means some 3,210 students will lose out on government-subsidised undergraduate places.

A total of 1,262 students will study under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP), where they will pursue bachelor’s degrees at self-financing institutions. They will receive an annual subsidy of HK$30,000 under the HK$3.6 billion education bill, which was approved by the Legislative Council’s Finance Committee on July 19.

The Jupas office “strongly” advised applicants who get an offer for a programme they want to study to accept it immediately, pending the results of DSE papers that were rechecked and remarked which will be released on August 9. All successful applications should pay the acceptance fee for the Main Round offers by 5pm today.

Edited by Jamie Lam

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Top scorers choosing to become healers


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