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Requirements and application
Mainland students taking Gaokao should apply through the National Colleges and Universities Enrolment System: http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/sc/mainland/requirements.html
We have prepared additional information on how you blend your study with additional activities to develop a career in the following career destinations:
- Academic Economist
- Professional Economist
- Consultant (at firm)
- Banking, Finance and Accounting (operational)
- Data Analyst
- Policy Maker
- High School Teacher
- Non-Profit Organizations and Social Enterprises
> Program information
1. If I have not taken Economics in high school, can I take CUHK ECON? Can I handle it well?
Yes of course, many of our students did not take Economics in high school as well.
In high school, economics teachers will not teach the basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, etc. But in university, we focus on building a strong foundation in mathematics, statistics, theories and quantitative analysis. So, students can link up all the knowledge they have learnt and study various economics topics thoroughly.
2. Why is CUHK ECON housed within the Faculty of Social Science?
The application of economics is extremely broad, including many topics of social interests, on top of Business and Finance. In the US, almost all of the top economics departments are housed in their Faculties of Social Science. Examples include Yale University, Princeton University and University of Chicago, etc. This is done because economics is an integral part of Social Science.
3. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Social Science programs?
The essential parts and knowledge of economics can be linked up together. But for other subjects in social science, they may have different schools of thought and less common ground.
4. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Business programs?
Economics could be applied in all different aspects of society. Our program includes all kinds of topics in the mainstream Economics while the Business Programs emphasize in knowledge of business/commercial activities. If CUHK ECON were to be housed in the Business School, many non-business topics might not be taught, which would limit students’ access to a comprehensive education in economics.
For example, economics examines how to design an effective taxation system. Professor Sir James Mirrlees, Former Distinguished Professor-at-Large of the CUHK Economics Department, has pointed out that taxpayers would have more private information about themselves than the government, and would change their behaviours according to the prevailing tax system. Analyzing the tax system from the theories of accounting alone may not incorporate the importance of economic concepts such as asymmetric information. Professor Sir James Mirrlees and Professor Peter Diamond coauthored a series of pathbreaking research on the topic of optimal income taxation which had subsequently affected the tax policies of many countries. Such contribution was later mentioned in their award of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences!