2021/22 Admissions


Programme Leaflet

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HKDSE Subject Weighting for CUHK-Tsinghua University Dual Undergraduate Degree Programme in Economics

We adopt the Best 5 formula, which counts the scores of the best 5 subjects in HKDSE, with subject weighting as below.


CUHK HKDSE Score Conversion for Category A Subjects


Minimum Requirements for CUHK-Tsinghua University Dual Undergraduate Degree Programme in Economics (JUPAS code: JS4824)


Admission Timeline



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Application


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FAQ for Hong Kong Local JUPAS Applicants


A. Calculation method/Admission Results

  • 1 .What is your calculation method?

    We use the Best 5 formula, which counts the scores of the best 5 subjects in HKDSE.

    The University has introduced a preferential HKDSE score conversion scale for applicants with outstanding HKDSE subject results. Students achieving Level 5, 5* and 5** in the HKDSE subjects will be giving bonus points.



    In addition, we have applied weights to the following HKDSE subjects.

    Mathematics (compulsory part) X 1.5
    And
    Best of M1/M2/Chemistry/Economics/Physics X1.5

  • 2. How to increase the chance of being admitted?

    Put CUHK ECON (JS4824) in Band A, as we will only shortlist Band A applicants for interview and we will add bonus points to those who have performed well in the interview.

    The University has introduced a preferential HKDSE score conversion scale for applicants with outstanding HKDSE subject results. Students achieving Level 5, 5* and 5** in the HKDSE subjects will be giving bonus points too.



    In addition, we have applied weights to the following HKDSE subjects. You will have huge advantage if you got high marks in these HKDSE subjects below.

    Mathematics (compulsory part) X 1.5
    And
    Best of M1/M2/Chemistry/Economics/Physics X1.5


B. Interview

  • 1. Will there be an admission interview?

    Yes, we are going to organize 2 rounds of interviews in late June and July (before and after the announcement of the HKDSE results). If you have already been interviewed in the first round, we will not invite you again in the second round. And if you had not participated in the first round, then you might be invited for the second round.

  • 2. When will I receive interview notification? If I am not being invited for interview, does it mean that I will not be admitted?

    1st round: Before the announcement of the HKDSE: early to mid-June

    2nd round: After the announcement of the HKDSE: late July

    Those who perform well in the interview will earn bonus points. But those who are not invited for interview does not mean that there is no chance of being admitted.

  • 3. How are applicants shortlisted for interview?

    We will only shortlist Band A applicants for interview.

    Before the announcement of HKDSE: We shortlist applicants by their school academic results. And for non-school students, we shortlist applicants by their past HKDSE results.

    After the announcement of HKDSE: We will shortlist applicants by their HKDSE results.

  • 4. Is the interview conducted in Chinese/English? What is the interview format and what kinds of questions will be covered?

    The interview will be conducted in English. 1st round and 2nd round interview: Group interview

    We want to know if the applicant is interested in analyzing human behavior and will test the logical thinking of the applicants.


C. Programme information

  • 1. If I have not taken Economics in high school, can I take the Dual Degree Programme? 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 because economics is an integral part of Social Science.

  • 3. What are the differences between CUHK ECON and other Social Science programmes?

    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 programmes?

    Economics could be applied in all different aspects of society. Our programme includes all kinds of topics in the mainstream Economics while the Business Programmes 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!