HKMU to construct dormitories for mainland students

Hong Kong Metropolitan University will purchase hotels to rebuild dormitories to accommodate more students from the mainland amid the increased enrolment rate.

Paul LAM Kwan-sing, President of HKMU, said on Wednesday that the university has contacted around 80 hotels and preliminarily picked 10 as locations to rebuild dormitories for students coming from the mainland and exchange students.

"We are now possessing around 200 dormitory rooms, and we are aiming to add 300 to 400 not only for students to rest but for their after-class activities," Lam said.

In January, three self-financing universities included, HKMU, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, and The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, announced to raise the ratio of mainland students on the campus from 10 percent to 20 percent from the second half of this year under the approval of the State and Hong Kong’s Education Bureau.

"We are planning to have 200 more mainland students, but we will not recruit as many students as the amount of the '20-percent quota' soon in order to guarantee the academic quality," Lam added.