HKBU Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (EAAS) held a ceremony to present scholarships, amount equivalent to full-tuition fee, to 12 elite athletes on 11 October.

The awardees, including former and current members of Hong Kong sports teams with excellent performance, are now studying bachelor programmes at HKBU, including Physical Education and Recreation Management, Communication Studies, Creative and Professional Writing, Geography, Social Work and Human Resources Management.

This year's awardees under the EAAS include:

Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 1

.Chan Chun-wang (Athletics - Former record holder in 110m Hurdles)

.Keith Sin Chin-ting (Swimming - Bronze Medal, 400m Individual Medley, Asian Age Group Swimming Championship 2017)

Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 3

.Chan Cheuk-him (Fencing - Silver Medal, Asian Junior Fencing Championship 2017)

.Wong Wing-yan (Rope Skipping - Second runner-up, Female Pairs freestyle, 2014 World Rope Skipping Championship)

.Poon Pak-yan (Rugby - Champion, 2015 Asia Women Rugby 7s)

.Ng Ka-yan (Karate - Second runner-up, Female Individual Kumite Below 53kg, 2015 Chinese students Karate Championships)

.Chan Hoi-lam (Synchronised Swimming - Team Champion, Duet Champion and Solo Silver Medal, 2017 Panasonic Pan Asia Synchronized Swimming Championships)

Communication Studies, Year 1

.Ho Dong-qing (Artistic indoor cycling - First runner-up, Pair Artistic Elite Women, 2015 and 2016 Asian Indoor Cycling Championships)

Geography, Year 2

.Hui Chun-yin (Artistic indoor cycling - First runner-up, Pair Artistic Elite Men, 2014 and 2015 Asian Indoor Cycling Championships)

Social Work, Year 1

.Pang Wing-ki (Handball – Third runner-up, 2016 International Handball Federation Trophy)

Human Resources Management, Year 3

.Mo Wing-kit (Handball –Third runner-up, 2016 International Handball Federation Trophy)

Creative and Professional Writing, Year 2

.Sarah Lee Wai-sze (Cycling - Bronze medal, Track Cycling, 2012 Olympic games)

The presentation ceremony was officiated by Professor Roland Chin, HKBU President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Chung Pak-kwong, Head of the Department of Physical Education. 

President Chin reiterated the University's commitment to a research-led liberal arts education that is people oriented, with the aim of comprehensively developing students' academic capabilities as well as their dedication to social services, global mindset and moral character. He added that in line with HKBU's caring culture, many new initiatives have been created, such as EAAS, to support young people with different talents and backgrounds to pursue undergraduate education. 

President Chin expressed his hopes for the elite athletes to continue their pursuit of excellence in sports and academic studies, to promote a healthy lifestyle and contribute to society.

Professor Chung said that the EAAS introduced last year has been well received. This year, the awarded athletes not only specialise in a variety of sports, but also study in different programmes at HKBU, including those not related to sports. This certainly helps them to broaden their knowledge horizon. The Department will continue to provide athletes with various types of support so that they can strike a good balance between training, competing and studying.   

EAAS awards scholarships to between 10 and 20 elite athletes each year and accepts undergraduate student applications through the JUPAS and Non-JUPAS admission schemes. Athletes are required to meet the minimum entry requirements of HKBU and should be members of HKSAR sports teams with outstanding performances in the Olympics or international games. Retired athletes of HKSAR sports teams who have achieved outstanding results in international sports events are also eligible to apply. Selected athletes can study degree programmes offered by HKBU and are not limited to physical education programmes.