Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) launched on 9 January the HKBU Admission Scholarship Scheme for Outstanding South and South East Asian Ethnic Minority Students (EMSS).

The scheme, the first of its kind among local universities, encourages and supports outstanding local ethnic minority students to pursue studies in undergraduate programmes. Selected students will be awarded scholarships to cover full tuition fees and will be provided with an additional allowance to enable them to participate in overseas exchange programmes. They will also act as cultural ambassadors to promote a diversified culture both on campus and in the community. 

The EMSS will soon begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year through JUPAS and the Non-JUPAS admission scheme. Applicants are required to be a permanent Hong Kong resident and have at least one parent with an ethnic heritage from South or Southeast Asian countries, including India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and the Philippines, among others.

Full-tuition scholarships (HK$42,100) will be awarded to five outstanding students annually. Recipients will be given priority in participating in global exchange activities offered by the University and will each be provided with an additional Personal Mobility Fund of HK$10,000 to enable them to join exchange programmes during their undergraduate years. 

In addition, HKBU’s Office of Student Affairs will appoint a dedicated mentor for each recipient to help them with academic as well as non-academic matters.

The recipients can continue receiving the scholarship until their graduation if they achieve the minimum academic standard each year, set at cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 2.8.

Professor Gordon Tang, Director of Student Affairs, said that the percentage of local ethnic minority students currently studying in degree programmes is relatively low. The EMSS can help eligible students pursue university education without financial concerns so they can unleash their full potential and thereby make a positive contribution to society. He added that the recipients will act as cultural ambassadors through a variety of activities that will help HKBU achieve its mission of promoting whole person education and encouraging students to learn more about diversified cultures.