The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) is an independent division of New York University (NYU) under the Faculty of Arts & Science that serves as a center for research and advanced training in computer science and mathematics. It is considered one of the leading and most prestigious mathematics schools and mathematical sciences research centers in the world.
The UCLA Department of Mathematics is by far the youngest of the top mathematics departments in the nation. In 2006, Terence Tao won the Fields Medal, described as the Nobel Prize of math. As of Fall 2016, it has 49 ladder faculty and 67 assistant adjunct professors, postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, and visiting faculty, encompassing major areas of both pure and applied mathematics. In 2007, the Department received the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department.
The Department of Mathematics at ETH Zurich is an internationally recognized reference point for mathematical research and teaching at the highest level. With its broad spectrum of pure and applied mathematics, the Department offers an ideal environment for scientists and students. With its long history of excellence, the Department of Mathematics conducts highest level research in most areas of pure and applied mathematics. It comprises a number of independent professorships, as well as the Seminar for Applied Mathematics (SAM), the Seminar for Statistics (SfS) and the Institute for Operations Research (IFOR).
Princeton University is a great place to do math. For the 2017-18 academic year, rhe department of Mathematics at Princeton University consists of 73 faculty members, 25 visitors and researchers, 79 graduate students, and 70 undergraduate majors. Mathematics is one of the most versatile majors at Princeton and students here have the opportunity to work with some of the best mathematicians in the world in a wide variety of fundamental areas of both pure and applied mathematics.
The Department of Mathematics at Berkeley is generally recognized as one of the broadest, liveliest, and most distinguished departments of mathematics in the world. With approximately 55 regular faculty members representing most of the major fields of current research, along with 25 to 30 post-doctoral scholars, 180 graduate students, over 800 undergraduate majors, one of the finest mathematics libraries in the nation, and situated in a favorable climate in one of America’s most exciting and cosmopolitan centers for mathematics research and teaching, Berkeley has become a favorite location for the study of mathematics by students and faculty from all over the world.
The Cambridge Mathematics course is often considered to be the most demanding undergraduate Mathematics course available in Britain and, correspondingly, one of the most rewarding. Since Sir Isaac Newton was Lucasian Professor (1669-96), mathematics teaching and research here have been enhanced by a string of brilliant mathematicians, including six Fields Medallists and even Nobel Prize winners. Most current Faculty members are leading international authorities on their subject. Our Faculty is also closely linked with the Isaac Newton Institute, which attracts specialists from all over the world to tackle outstanding problems in the mathematical sciences.
Mathematics is the engine behind Science in the 21st Century. Mathematics in Oxford embraces this power and diversity by combining its pure and applied mathematicians in one department and one building, ensuring collaborations both within and beyond Oxford.
Oxford has over 850 undergraduates, more than 350 masters and doctoral postgraduate students, and over 170 faculties, research fellows and postdoctoral researchers studying and working across all fields of mathematics from Number Theory to understanding the mechanics of the human brain. It has nurtured many celebrities in mathematics. For example, three Oxford mathematicians, Michael Atiyah, Daniel Quillen and Simon Donaldson, have won Fields Medals, often called the “Nobel Prize for mathematics”.
SUMO is the Stanford University Mathematical Organization. It is the by-students-for-students math club on campus. It host various events that are open to everyone: math majors and non-math majors, graduate and undergraduate.
Harvard is a large, highly residential research university. It operates several arts, cultural, and scientific museums, alongside the Harvard Library, which is the world’s largest academic and private library system, comprising 79 individual libraries with over 18 million volumes. Harvard’s alumni include eight U.S. presidents, several foreign heads of state. Moreover, there are 130 Nobel laureates have been affiliated as students, faculty, or staff.
MIT is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, but more recently in biology, economics, linguistics, and management as well. MIT is often cited among the world’s best universities by various organizations.
As of 2017, 88 Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 65 Marshall Scholars, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 MacArthur Fellows, 34 astronauts, 21 Turing award winners, 16 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force, and 6 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with MIT. The school has a strong entrepreneurial culture and the aggregated revenues of companies founded by MIT alumni would rank as the eleventh-largest economy in the world.
We’re back with another top 10 list! This time, we explore the top 10 universities for studying science in 2017!
10) Imperial College London 倫敦帝國學院
The faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London is considered one of the three main faculties, and graduates obtain the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS). There are five academic departments; Centre for Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.
The University of Tokyo is considered the most prestigious university in Japan. There are 10 faculties within the school, hosting 30,000 students. The University of Tokyo is also the first of Japan’s National Seven Universities. Undergraduates can join the College of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, and the Faculty of Science.
8) California Institute of Technology (CalTech) 加利福尼亞理工學院（加州理工學院）
Caltech places a strong emphasis on science and engineering, with $332 million US dollars spent on sponsored research in 2011. Caltech boasts an alumni and faculty of 37 Nobel Laureates, 1 Fields Medalist, 6 Turing Award winners, and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology. The Institute is organized into six primary academic divisions: Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy.
With the world’s seventh best Natural Sciences course available, the University of California Berkeley is a perfect destination for science-enthusiasts. Their strength within the field of natural science arguably lies in biology, as UC as often been cited as the best global university for studying environment and ecology.
6) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology 蘇黎世聯邦理工學院
ETH Zurich was founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1855 with a mission to educate engineers and scientists. It was also established to serve as a national centre of excellence in science and technology, in addition to providing a hub for interaction between the scientific community and various industries. A wide range of science subjects are offered, such as natural sciences, marine science, political science, computer science, and engineering science.
With an institution that has more than 50 Nobel laureates and world leaders, you can be sure that the University of Oxford provides its students with a quality science course that primes them for future innovation. The Science Area is where most science departments are located, both in terms of learning departments in addition to research centres.
The Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences is the heart of the undergraduate programme, and awards most of the school’s degrees. The school is divided into three sections: Humanities & Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. For Natural Sciences, students can undertake Applied Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the largest of seven faculties at Harvard University. As of October 2003, this faculty comprised approximately 700 tenured professors and 300 part-time lecturers. There are 6,500 full-time undergraduate students in addition to 3,500 graduate students. Such large numbers entails a large market value – $32.3 billion US dollars to be exact, a great place for networking!
At Cambridge, the Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) are the three “stages” which form the University of Cambridge undergraduate teaching system. In the first year, students are made to undertake three courses – one for each area of natural science, in addition to mathematics. The degree awarded after the second “stage” is a BA, while the completion of the optional third “stage” entitles one to an MSci.
1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 麻省理工學院（MIT）
The School of Science is the second largest and one of the five available schools at MIT, and is composed of 6 academic departments. 16 faculty members in addition to 16 alumni have won Nobel Prizes, and the science departments include: Biology, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. MIT is also responsible for a vast majority of high-level research, including cancer research, nuclear science research, and brain research to name a few.
Looking to take your astounding mathematic knowledge to new heights? Want to use maths and make a difference to the world we live in? Then look no further than the following universities, all specialising in the field of engineering and technology!
Also known as UC Berkeley, this public research university is located in Berkeley, California. Berkeley College of Engineering is particularly well-known for producing many successful entrepreneurs; among its alumni are co-founders and CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, including Apple, Google, and Intel.
9) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 蘇黎世聯邦理工學院
ETH Zurich is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics university. The school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1855 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, serve as a national centre of excellence in science and technology and provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) was founded in 1905, it is the oldest institute of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrolment and curriculum offered. The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) was launched in 1968. It is the largest faculty in the university. There are several divisions/departments; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Computer Engineering; Engineering Science Programme; Industrial & Systems Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Division of Engineering and Technology Management. There is also a Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering.
The Faculty of Engineering is one of the three main Faculties of Imperial College London. It was formed in 2001 from the former City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines – two of the three original ‘Constituent Colleges’ of Imperial College when the latter was formed in 1907. The faculty is divided into ten Academic Departments: Aeronautics Engineering, Bioengineering, Design Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computing, Earth Science & Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and the Dyson School of Design Engineering.
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science is located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. A school within Princeton University, which is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, it provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in six departments: chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and operations research and financial engineering. It has nearly 950 undergraduates, 550 graduate students and 130 faculty members in its six departments.
The University Of Cambridge Department Of Engineering is the largest department at the University of Cambridge and one of the leading centres of engineering in the world. The Department’s aim is to address the world’s most pressing challenges with science and technology. To achieve this aim, the Department collaborates with other disciplines, institutions, companies and entrepreneurs and adopts an integrated approach to research and teaching.
The MIT School of Engineering (SoE) is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. SoE has eight academic departments and two interdisciplinary institutes. The School grants S.B., M.Eng, S.M., an engineer’s degree, and Ph.D. or Sc.D degrees. The current Dean of Engineering is Anantha P. Chandrakasan. The school is the largest at MIT as measured by undergraduate and graduate enrolments and faculty members.
麻省理工學院位於美國麻薩諸塞州劍橋市，其工程學院是校內最大規模的學術學院。目前的工程系院長是Anantha P. Chandrakasan教授，共378名院內成員曾贏取主要研究和教學獎項。工程學院有八個學術部門和兩個跨學科機構。 學校設有工程師學士、碩士及博士學位。
3) University of Oxford 牛津大學
The department was originally established in 1908 with the appointment of the first Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford, Frewen Jenkin, grandfather of Lord Jenkin of Roding. The Jenkin Building is named after him. On 2 February 1909, the Honour School of Natural Science (Engineering Science) was formally instituted by a Statute of Oxford University. The School was initially located at 6 Keble Road, on the south side of what is now known as the Keble Road Triangle, part of the Oxford University Science Area. The main part of the department has remained and expanded at this location to the present day.
Stanford University School of Engineering is one of the schools of Stanford University. The current dean is Jennifer Widom, the former senior associate dean of faculty affairs and computer science chair. She is the school’s 10th dean. The School of Engineering was established in 1926 when Stanford organized the previous independent academic departments into a school.
1) California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 加利福尼亞理工學院（加州理工學院）
Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. First-year students are required to live on campus and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System at Caltech. Caltech alumni and faculty include 34 Nobel Prizes (Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes), 1 Fields Medalist, 6 Turing Award winners, 4 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology.
As you would have read in our previous article, Hong Kong has made a recent breakthrough when it came to the official QS University rankings for 2018. A record total of 5 universities in the Pearl of the Orient were listed in the world top 100 list, an impressive number for a place with a total area of only 2,754km2. Read on for more information about these universities and their specialities!
Established in 1937 but granted full university status in 1994, PolyU has an international faculty and student community with a global network of over 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. 220 undergraduate, postgraduate, and sub-degree programmes for more than 32,000 students are offered every year. Due to its young age, PolyU also qualifies for a separate ranking known as the “Top 50 Under 50 Rankings” for universities under 50 years old, currently placing 6th in the world.
City University in Kowloon Tong was founded in 1984, and became fully accredited in 1994. The university is organised into 3 colleges (College of Business / College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences / Science & Engineering) and 4 schools (School of Creative Media / Energy & Environment / Law / Veterinary Medicine). More than 50 bachelor’s degree programmes are offered and postgraduate degrees are offered by the Chow Yei Ching School.
Formally established in 1963, Chinese University is Hong Kong’s second oldest university and is organised into 9 constituent colleges and 8 academic faculties. Four Nobel laureates are associated with the university, and it is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with recipients of the Nobel Prize, Turing Award, Fields Medal and Veblen Prize sitting as faculty in residence.
2) Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
2017/18 QS University World Rank: 30
Top 50 Under 50 World Rank: 2nd
QS World Ranking
Engineering & Technology
Accounting & Finance
Computer Science & Information Systems
Business & Management Studies
Engineering – Mechanical
Established in 1991, it is Hong Kong’s youngest university with no precursory existence. The university consists of 4 disciplinary schools, offering degrees in business & management, engineering, science, and humanities & social science. HKUST has been regularly considered as one of the top 3 tertiary institutions throughout the territory. The university was also ranked as Asia’s No. 1 institute by the independent branch of regional QS University Rankings: Asia for 3 consecutive years (2011 – 2013).
HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest tertiary institute, having been established in 1911. Today, the university is organised into 10 faculties, demonstrating strength in areas of Accounting & Finance, Biomedicine, Dentistry, Education, Humanities, Law, and Linguistics. In fact, the founder of modern China Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a graduate of the HKU College of Medicine for Chinese. Additionally, multiple Executive Council and Legislative Council Members are also graduates from HKU.
When it comes to choosing university, people often think of places like the UK and USA. However, sometimes home could be the best option for you (or alternatively, sometimes Asia could be your door to opportunity). Despite the entire country being only 2,754km2 and home to less than 15 universities, an astounding 5 of these institutions have made it into the official QS University Ranking’s Top 100 for 2018!
In fact, all institutions but Chinese University and Baptist University experienced an “upgrade” in terms of their ratings, with HKU leading the way with a world ranking of 26 in 2018. HKUST came in at a close second, being placed 30th on the list, followed by Chinese University at 46, City University at 49, and Polytechnic University coming in at 95.
This is amazing news for educational institutions in Hong Kong, and provides aspirations and hope for the future when it comes to educating students at a tertiary level in Asia’s World City. So, when it is your turn to make a decision for your future, don’t forget to keep Hong Kong in your thoughts!
10) University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) 加利福尼亞大學（三藩市）
Part of the University of California system, the university is dedicated to health sciences. Both teaching in addition to ground-breaking medical and biological research is conducted here, resulting in it being ranked as one of the top universities in the biological field in the world. In 2015, 7,393 people applied and 437 were interviewed for 149 positions in the entering class.
9) UCL (University College London) 倫敦大學學院
The school provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programmes. The medical course at UCL has been on offer since 1834, and has seen some notable alumni go through the halls. These individuals include Josephine Barnes, the first female president of the British Medical Association in 1979, and Michael Brown the former Physician to the Queen.
倫敦大學學院提供多種學士及碩士課程，醫學科學自1834年開辦至今，已經培養出多位全球知名的業內人士。其中包括Josephine Barnes，1979年英國醫學協會首位女性會長，還有Michael Brown也同樣畢業於此。
8) Yale University 耶魯大學
Founded in 1810 as The Medical Institution of Yale College, the school is home to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, one of the largest modern medical libraries in existence. The faculty includes 62 National Academy of Sciences members, 40 Institute of Medicine investigators, and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.
7) University of California (UCLA) 加利福尼亞大學
Known as the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the university accepts applications for summer academic enrichment programmess. These programmes include the Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP), Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP), and the Re-Application Post baccalaureate Program (RAP). Some notable alumni include the inventor of the PET scanner (Michael E. Phelps), and Alcino J. Silva, pioneer in the field of molecular and cellular cognition of memory.
加利福尼亞大學David Geffen醫學院享譽世界，學校接受夏季入學課程。這些課程包括醫學/牙科預科課程，夏季牙科課程以及在就業培訓課程。著名校友包括PET掃描儀發明者Michael E. Phelps)，分子及細胞記憶認知學者Alcino J. Silva。
6) Karolinska Institute 卡羅琳學院
Located in Sweden, the Karolinska Institute is one of the largest and most prestigious medical schools in the world. In fact, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Karolinska University Hospital is associated with the university as a research and teaching hospital. Together they form an academic health science centre.
5) Stanford University 史丹佛大學
Being the oldest medical school in the Western United States, it is a research-intensive institution that places a strong emphasis on medical innovation, novel methods, discoveries, and interventions. The university was responsible for 4 particularly outstanding medical innovations in 2015, including sepsis diagnosis, Alzheimer’s, malnourishment, and preterm birth.
4) Johns Hopkins University 約翰霍普金斯大學
The Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine (JHUSOM) is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top medical schools in the world, and has been granted several research grants by the National Institutes of Health. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was ranked the number one hospital in the United States for 22 years by US News & World Report.
3) University of Cambridge 劍橋大學
Students from Cambridge University can enter the clinical school on completion of three years of pre-clinical training and a further interviewing process. Applicants from outside Cambridge University are also invited to apply providing they meet the entry requirements. Approximately half the medical students used to leave Cambridge after their pre-clinical studies as there were not enough places on the clinical course for them all; from 2017 onwards, all Cambridge medical students will continue to study in Cambridge for the full six years.
2) University of Oxford 牛津大學
The Oxford Medical School is traditional in its teaching and is therefore split into Pre-Clinical and Clinical phases of the course, with Pre-Clinical (Years 1-3) students being based in the University Science Area in Oxford City Centre, and Clinical students (Years 4-6) being based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Headington, Oxford.
1) Harvard University 哈佛大學
The school has a large and distinguished faculty to support its missions of education, research, and clinical care. These faculty hold appointments in the basic science departments on the HMS Quadrangle, and in the clinical departments located in Boston. There are approximately 2,900 full- and part-time voting faculty members consisting of assistant, associate, and full professors, and over 5,000 full or part-time, non-voting instructors.
One of the most prestigious subjects available – but where is the best place to learn about justice?! Read Norton House’s top 10 list for law schools in 2017, and remember to keep an eye out for the Norton House crest to see where our students currently study!
法律一直是最熱門的專業之一，而學生應該去哪些法學院就讀呢？Norton House為大家列出2017十大頂尖法學院名單，記得關注圖片上Norton House logo，代表有我們的學生在此就讀喔！
10. Colombia U 哥倫比亞大學
Founded in 1754, Columbia University is the oldest institution of higher education in New York, and the sixth oldest in North America. In fact John Jay, the very first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, graduated from Colombia University! Definitely a notable alumni member from one of the very first law schools in the country.
Being consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, Berkeley has produced leaders in law, government, and society. According to The Daily Journal, 15 out of the top 100 lawyers in California are Berkeley alumni. 14th Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren graduated from Berkeley back in 1912!
Having been established in 1857, Melbourne Law School is Australia’s oldest and best law faculty. Melbourne Law School has produced several luminaries in law and politics, including four Australian Prime Ministers including Julia Gillard, four Chief Justices of Australia, and 13 Commonwealth Attorneys-General!
Founded in 1895, LSE has produced several notable alumni in the fields of law and particularly social science-related subjects. With more than 20 Nobel Prize recipients (including Bertrand Russell) coming from LSE, it is clear as to why this university is considered a top 10 institution in the world to study law.
Stanford Law School has maintained its reputation as one of the most prestigious law schools in the world. Over 550 students are working toward their Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree. There are also four advanced legal degrees available: a Master of Laws (LL.M.), a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.), a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.), and a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.). Stanford also maintains eleven full-time legal clinics, including the nation’s first and most active Supreme Court litigation clinic.
NYU law is regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective law schools in the world and has ranked as high as 4th in the nation in recent years. Renowned for its strength in public interest law, NYU is also ranked 1st in the country by U.S. News & World Report in both international law and tax law. Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, graduated from NYU Law in 1968.
The school’s small size and prestige makes its admission process the most selective of any law school in the United States. Yale Law has produced a significant number of luminaries in law & politics, including US Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.
耶魯大學由於名氣斐然及招生人數有限，成為美國最難入讀的法學院之一。耶魯法學院校友在法律界及政界都有很多傑出人物，甚至包括美國前總統Gerald Ford 和 Bill Clinton都是畢業於此。
3. Cambridge 劍橋大學
The Cambridge Faculty of Law is one of the world’s premier law schools, renowned for the quality of its teaching and cutting-edge legal research. The Faculty houses the Institute of Criminology as well as 11 Research Centres. The Faculty has 24 professors, nine readers, and over 70 other University, Faculty and College Teaching Officers. The student body comprises about 700 undergraduate and 225 graduate students.
The Faculty of Law at Oxford University has a history of over 800 years of teaching and writing law. A unique approach is used in the sense of personalised tutorials, whereby students are taught by faculty fellows in groups of one to three on a weekly basis. It offers the largest doctoral programme in Law in the English-speaking world. One of their most notable alumni members is Sir Humphrey Waldock from the International Court of Justice!
Founded in 1817, it is the oldest continually-operating law school in the US. Its acceptance rate was 15.4% in the 2013-14 admissions cycle, while being 16.5% in its most recent intake. Harvard Law School graduates have accounted for 568 judicial clerkships in the past three years, including one-quarter of all Supreme Court clerkships, more than any other law school in the United States. This is where Barack Obama met the love of his life, Michelle!
Simply put, successful admission into these universities requires more than just high IQ and good exam results – many students in Hong Kong seem to forget about the other challenges they face along the way, more notably, notorious interview sessions. Students are prone to face questions that at a first glance may seem impossible to answer, leaving the simpleminded to wonder how on Earth a solution can be provided. It is at this stage where Oxbridge schools filter out the worthy candidates from those who are less suitable, and where even the most intelligent students find themselves thinking “but I have the best marks…how can they say no?!”
Furthermore, unfortunately students completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) may find themselves struggling to stand out against the competition, as only 7% of HKDSE applications are accepted on an annual basis. The reason for this simply being that universities are unfamiliar with the Hong Kong schooling system, which results in undesired miscommunication. However by encouraging more capable students to apply, we can make this lack of understanding a thing of the past.
When these two previously mentioned points are coupled, one can effectively conclude that students in Hong Kong should be receiving the appropriate mentorship and guidance to nurture their already existing Oxbridge intelligence.
While getting into Oxford and Cambridge may seem like an impossible feat, Hong Kong students most definitely have the intelligence and talent that is required. However, more support could be given to ensure that these bright students are guided and advised in the correct direction to ensure successful admission and for them to realise and materialise their dreams.
This is exactly what the Norton House Academic Team strive to embody and provide through their educational pursuit. Students who embark on an effective Admission Coaching & Advisory journey stand out from those who purely rely on their exam results, regardless of grades, Norton House students always come out on top.
As the dreaded deadline looms over us, most students are finishing their UCAS applications. Finishing this major milestone can only mean one thing: interviews are just around the corner.
For prospective medicine applicants, there is a daunting prospect ahead of you. Interviews to medical schools are notoriously difficult, and many of the top students slip up at the interview stage, having excelled academically.
A particularly challenging aspect of the interview process is the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) stage. There is now an increasing trend for top medical schools in both the UK and HK to perform the MMI in place of either group or panel interviews. The MMI places an applicant under many high-stress situations, and that is exactly what interviewers are looking for: how do you cope under a multitude of different stressful encounters?
Unlike a group interview, where you can settle down and find yourself a rhythm with respect to other applicants; or a panel interview, where your sole focus is to come up with the best answer possible, the MMI challenges the applicant on an array of tasks demanded of a medical professional.
The MMI is typically run in a number of rooms, where each of the rooms has a different challenge set for the applicant. The applicant must venture into each and every one of these rooms, tackling the task set by the interviewer. Each mini-interview is around 5 to 10 minutes in length, and there is little time between each “set” for the applicant to recompose and regroup. Therefore, it is extremely demanding both academically and mentally.
Not only are applicants expected to possess medical knowledge, where they may be asked technical questions, but they may also be asked a variety of other questions: critical analysis of medical publications, communication skills with fellow applicants or interviewers; situational judgement and awareness; and medical ethics questions. Applicants are expected to excel in each and every one of these aspects, and this is why the MMI is particularly challenging. In a group or panel interview, applicants are able to hide some of their weaknesses; but not with the MMI.
Sounds hard? Fear not! Professional help is at hand. With a team of HKU medics, Norton House is here to help guide applicants through the maze of the MMI. Where better to gain a head start in your application but to come to the Norton House MMI workshop on 26 October.
迷你面試聽起來超難？不要擔心！專業的指導將事半功倍！香港大學的醫學生將在Norton House 為學生提供面對面分享，助你在迷你面試取得成功。想要獲得更優成績？記得要來Norton House 10月26日工作坊活動！
It is the end of September, the start of a new school year. This is the time that many students are looking forward to, yet dreading at the same time. It is, of course, the time for university applications.
Not only are students expected to showcase their best in these applications, but they are also to complete an application (or three) within the span of a month, with minimal help from their teachers.
I have a student who said to me, “my school has told me to submit a personal statement, but they have not told me what a personal statement is.” Great! How do teachers expect their students to come up with a half decent application when they do not offer their students sufficient support?
So today I am here to offer some last minute survival tips for all the lost souls out there dreading the 15 October UCAS deadline.
Gather any exam transcripts and work experience reference letter, they will come in handy when you fill in the different sections of the UCAS application.
Make sure your Personal Statement tells a story. It should be something close to your
heart, something you are able to write extensively (and talk extensively) about.
Your Personal Statement is not your CV in paragraph form. DO NOT simply just put down all your achievements. You should elaborate about your experiences, and how they have helped you.
Be wary of the word limit, you get 4000 characters and 47 lines on the UCAS application, and not a single character over will do.
Make sure you register for any admission tests that you are required to take before the registration deadline.
Go see your teacher, if you have not already done so, with your CV and personal statement draft so they can write your reference before the application deadline.
Remind your teacher, and keep on reminding him/her, that you intend to apply for Oxbridge (medicine, vet, dentistry), so they are fully aware that they need to provide you with a sufficient reference before October 15th.
Let multiple people read your personal statement, and consolidate their comments for improvement. That is not to say change everything they say!
Make sure there are no grammatical or spelling mistakes in your personal statement. Also, make sure you are consistent with UK or US style spelling.
If you are unsure of what to do, fret not! Norton House is here to help. Just give us a call and one of our Admission Coaches can lead you every step of the way through the UCAS application process.
Dr. Aaron Lau is a PhD Graduate from Oxford University in chemistry, and is an integral part of the Admission Coaching Team here at Norton House. Dr. Lau also tutors our talented students in the areas of mathematics, science, and social humanities.