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HK, Macau universities target outstanding Taiwan students

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Eight Hong Kong and Macau universities joined the 2013 Taiwan university expo in Taipei and Kaohsiung over the weekend, on the heels of the results of Taiwan's college entrance examinations.

According to the College Admissions Committee, compared to last year, there are 6,000 more quotas for students to apply for universities based on their academic performances in the high school and college entrance examination results, which makes the university expo more competitive in terms of student recruitment.

The universities from Hong Kong and Macau provide substantial scholarships and hold interviews in Taiwan to give outstanding students a chance to study abroad.

City University of Hong Kong (香港城市大學) provides a scholarship of HK$160,000 (around NT$600,000) annually; University of Macau (澳門大學) allows 10 students to study without paying tuition or accommodation fees.

This was the first time for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (香港科技大學) attended the local university expo, and the representative of the university said that over a hundred students applied for the admission interviews, adding that students with grades above 70 on their examinations have a higher chance of being chosen.

Taiwan's Dayeh University (大葉大學) offers the highest scholarship (NT$3.2 million) of the universities that joined the expo. The university specifically provides for students who achieved the highest grades possible (75) in each subject of the examination.

Dayeh University's scholarship includes NT$1.2 million over four years and a NT$2 million fund for starting a personal enterprise or pursuing a higher academic degree upon graduation.

For students with entrance exam result of 74 or above, Asia University (亞洲大學) originally provided financial aid of NT$2.5 million and raised the fund to NT$3 million recently. The university's representative added that the lowest scholarship of NT80,000 will be provided for students with grades of 45.

Tuition and accommodation fees are waived for students who come from low-income households, Nanhua University's (南華大學) representative said, adding that middle-income students are given priority when applying for part-time on-campus jobs.

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