CHINA: Growing competition for top students

Universities across China are competing aggressively for top students as the annual national college entrance examination approaches. Some are offering special scholarships for students who do well in the exam, reports ChinaView.

Beijing's Tsinghua University said last month it would increase the number of awards this year. Students with high scores, such as champions of each province and winners of international student academic competitions, will be entitled to scholarships of up to 40,000 yuan ($5,700), more than double that of last year.

Zhang Chunsheng, a teacher in charge of student finance management at the university, said it would also offer more opportunities for students to go abroad. Top students will be sent to foreign universities for one or two months during the summer. The university will cover the expenses of each student, about 30,000 yuan.

Some universities in Hong Kong are also trying to lure outstanding high school graduates from the mainland. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, have all held enrolment exercises in major mainland cities.
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