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A Thematic Talk and Consultation Session for international students organized by Office of Admission and Financial Aid will be held on 19 May 2020. Dr. James Downes, our head of Admission and PR Committee, will be the speaker in the session. Please find more details below.


Topic: Strategies for a Successful Interview by Faculty of Social Science


Outline: Dr. James F. Downes from the Faculty of Social Science will share his extensive experiences on interviews in different formats. Learn first-hand from our admissions team on what university admissions interviews are like, alongside how it plays an important role in the admission decision.


Date: 19 May 2020 (Tue)


Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm (HK Time)


Registration: (After registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.)

19 May Social Sciences

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We will be holding JUPAS Interviews for selected Band A JUPAS applicants before announcement of DSE result this year. The details will be announced in May. For more details about the JUPAS admission of our programme, please refer to below links:


GPA Admission General Information:


JUPAS Website:


CUHK Undergraduate Admission:

An interview for an article published by CNN on Developments in European Politics on 15 February 2020 by Dr. James Downes.


The title: "The EU is facing a serious crisis. It's funding the same people who wish to wreck it” 


A short excerpt can be found here of the piece:

"The biggest threat to the EU is not far-right parties gaining in strength; the biggest threat to the EU is where pro-EU politicians become more Euroskeptic, due to lack of reforms over the EU's key institutions," says James F. Downes, a researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Without addressing "the democratic deficit in the EU Parliament and the technocratic nature of the European Commission," European reform could lead to less integration, as European populations tire Brussels. Downes adds, "this would lead to a more scaled-back economic version of the EU project and the political project of the EU becoming obsolete in the longer-term."