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A Profile of New Full-time Students

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS 2021-22

 

Response Rate

Out of the 1392 newly registered full-time students, 1272 (91.4%) responded to this survey (as of 30 September 2021).

 

Demographic Profile

The age range of the respondents was from 16 to 40, of which 17.7% were aged under 18, 76.0% were between 18 and 22 years of age and 6.3% of them were aged 23 or above. 73.4% of the respondents were females, giving a gender ratio 1:2.8 (the ratio of males to females).

 

Majority of our new students were locally born (74.7%) and had been living in Hong Kong since birth (70.9%). Most of them were ethnic Chinese (96.5%) and spoke Chinese (96.5%) at home. 75.2% of the respondents had no religious belief.

 

Family Background

It was found that 51.3% of the respondents’ fathers and 55.7% of their mothers had attained secondary education/ matriculation, 23.0% of the respondents’ fathers and 19.5% of their mothers had attained post-secondary or university education, while 3.6% of the fathers and 3.3% of the mothers did not receive formal education.

 

For respondents’ monthly household income, 31.4% of them was below HK$20,000 and 52.5% was below HK$30,000.

 

Living Conditions

56.6% of the respondents lived in the New Territories. The three districts that most of the respondents lived in were Kwun Tong (9.7%), Yuen Long (including Tin Shui Wai) (9.3%) and Kwai Tsing (8.9%).  Including the return journey, majority of our students (65.7%) needed 60 – 179 minutes travelling between home and campus while 23.9% of the students needed to spend 3 hours or above on the commute. 61.2% 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 (83.1%) and 54.8% of the respondents had their own rooms at home.

 

Financial Support for Study and Daily Expenses

85.5% of the respondents would rely on family support regarding their financial sources for study and daily expenses. The three other major sources of financial support are summer or part-time job (69.8%), personal savings (57.2%) and financial aids (45.7%). Only a minority of respondents would rely on other sources of support (i.e. CSSA) to cover their living expenses.

 

University Life and Learning

95.7% of the respondents expressed that it was their first choice to study in Hong Kong for Higher Education. 80.8% of all the respondents chose EdUHK as their first choice; whilst 78.3% of the respondents indicated that the programme they were admitted to was their first choice.

 

99.4% of the BEd and HDECE respondents described they were very motivated (65.6%) and quite motivated (33.8%) for being a teacher in future.

 

Taking all respondents into account, the three major reasons for choosing the EdUHK to pursue their studies were personal wish (73.1%), occupation obtainment in the teaching fields (55.1%) and the curriculum (45.3%). Most of the respondents came to know EdUHK programmes through the information on JUPAS website (79.3%), while 42.7% of them learnt about EdUHK programmes due to public praise. Social media (29.7%) and physical advertisement (11.2%) were the other sources through which the respondents came to know the EdUHK programmes.

74.7% of the respondents expressed that they anticipated difficulties in academic studies, 65.0% of them expected to face difficulties in adapting to the learning approach in university and 51.3% expected to face difficulties in interpersonal relationship. 


The most preferred campus activities of the respondents were work internship programmes (80.0%), followed by academic activities (72.5%) and overseas or mainland exchange programmes (60.1%).