Publication and Surveys
A Profile of New Full-time Students



Response Rate

Out of the 1464 newly registered full-time students, 1345 (91.9 %) responded to this survey (as of 30 September 2020).


Demographic Profile

The age range of the respondents was 16 to 44, in which 12.6% of the respondents aged under 18, 81.1% aged 18 to 22 and 6.4% of them aged 23 or above. 73.8% of the respondents were females, giving a gender ratio 1:2.8 (the ratio of males to females).


The majority of our new students were locally born (75.6%) and had been living in Hong Kong since birth (73.4%). Most of them were ethnic Chinese (95.4%) and spoke Chinese (95.7%) at home. 75.4% of the respondents had no religious belief.


Family Background

It was found that 5% of the respondents’ fathers and 57.5% of their mothers had attained secondary education/ matriculation, 18.7% of the respondents’ fathers and 16.8% of their mothers attained post-secondary or university education while 3.6% of the fathers and 3.6% of the mothers did not receive formal education.


For respondents’ monthly household income, 30.9% of them was below HK$20,000 and 54.2% was below HK$30,000.


Living Conditions

58.2% of the respondents lived in the New Territories. The three districts that most of the respondents lived in were Kwun Tong (11.6%), Yuen Long (11.0%) and Sha Tin (9.4%).  Including the return journey, the majority of our students (66.7%) needed 60 – 179 minutes travelling between home and campus while 24.2% of the students needed to spend 3 hours or above. 61.9% of the respondents lived in public housing (including Housing Authority or Housing Society Rental and Sale Flats, as well as Home Ownership Scheme (HOS)). Most of the respondents (including the student) were from household of 3 to 5 members (83.3%) and 55.2% of the respondents had their own rooms at home.


Financial Support for Study and Daily Expenses

85.4% of the respondents’ family would support their financial expenses during their studies. 49% of the respondents reported that financial aids (e.g. Government grants and loans) would be their major source of financial support for tuition fee and university expenses. The three major sources of income other than family support came from summer or part-time job (69.4%), personal savings (58.2%) and financial aids (49.0%).


University Life and Learning

Taking all respondents into account, the three major reasons for choosing the EdUHK to pursue their study were personal wish (62.8%), occupation obtainment in the teaching fields (59.1%) and the curriculum (52.9%).

4% of the respondents expressed that they anticipated difficulties in academic result, 62.7% of them expected to face difficulties in adapting to the learning approach in university and 47.1% expected to face difficulties in interpersonal relationship.

The most preferred campus activities of the respondents were work internship programmes (80.7 %), followed by academic activities (72.9%) and overseas or mainland exchange programmes (67.3%).