SCMP Friday, April 7, 2000

University of Hong Kong pips opposition in survey


The University of Hong Kong has been rated the SAR's best in a survey.

The random survey, run by an online education information group, ranked the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology second and third.

But independent education adviser Joy Shi said that, overall, the three universities rated very closely.

One hundred and seventy people from the public and 79 professors, administrators and students were asked to rate universities on their size, qualifications and experience, research projects, effect on society and students' A-level grades.

However, the views of the public often differed from those in the universities.

"What is perceived as the best by the public is not always the best for those who would know better," Ms Shi said.

For example, the public believed Hong Kong University had the best faculty, while those from universities named the University of Science and Technology.

When asked which university was best overall, 56 per cent of the public and 53 per cent of those from universities chose Hong Kong University.

But when asked to rank the top three, only 35 per cent of those from the universities voted for Hong Kong University, while 32 per cent and 30 per cent of the votes respectively went to the Chinese University and the University of Science and Technology.

However, most agreed that the University of Science and Technology had the best facilities, that most aspired to Hong Kong University, and the best head was Lingnan University's Chan Kwan-yiu.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University and City University of Hong Kong ranked fourth and fifth.