EdUHK is a forerunner and a leader as an elite athlete-friendly university in offering holistic and caring support for elite athletes to pursue a sustainable and dual career path. The University has admitted around 130 elite athletes to various programmes since 2010. The University was also the first UGC-funded institution to sign a collaborative agreement with the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) in 2014, followed by a similar agreement with the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) in 2021, which introduced a special admission scheme for elite athletes to enrol in relevant programmes at EdUHK.
In 2022, the University Grants Committee (UGC) launched the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (SALSA) with the aim of encouraging local universities to support outstanding athletes who aspire to pursue dual-track career developments. With SALSA, EdUHK has further enhanced the special admission schemes and learning support for our student-athletes.
EdUHK Elite Athletes at Asian Games and Asian Para Games
In the 19th Asian Games and 4th Asian Para Games, 50 athletes represented Hong Kong at the Games held in Hangzhou are EdUHK undergraduates or graduates. Apart from winning Hong Kong’s first gold medal in a rowing event, the EdUHK team also achieved outstanding results with two silver and six bronze medals in various sports including cycling, wushu and squash — accounting for a total of nine medals for Hong Kong. EdUHK congratulates all athletes for their brilliant performance and presented the Letter of Appreciation in recognition of their outstanding performance in the Hangzhou Asian Games and Asian Para Games. Please check out EdUHK Press Release on 30 Oct 2023 for more details.
EdUHK Elite Athletes at Olympic Games
Doo Hoi Kem & Lee Ho Ching, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Medalists (Table Tennis)
How to Apply
Student-athletes admitted to UGC-funded undergraduate programmes of EdUHK under the following schemes will be considered automatically by the SALSA Scheme. No further application is required.
- EdUHK Nomination Scheme for Elite Athletes (NSEA)
- EdUHK Self-Nomination Admissions Scheme (Self-Nom)
Students-athletes who are interested in the self-financed sports and health related programme of EdUHK can view more details here.
All-rounded Learning Support
The University will approach all student-athletes to provide personalised advice, guidance and learning support, facilitating them to develop a dual career pathway in the future.
- Tailor-made academic timetable to match with the study load of student-athletes to maintain their dual career pathway;
- Distance-learning, different modes of assessment, enrichment programmes (e.g. thesis writing workshop) and tutorial sessions to help student-athletes juggle their study and sports commitments and improve their learning experience;
- Enhancement of student-athletes’ involvement to encourage them to take the responsibility for their own learning process, proactively plan and carry out their studies as well as taking calculated risks and learning from mistakes;
- Extension of the study period to accommodate sporting commitments if necessary
Individual support, counselling, consultations, mentorships and university life planning service will be provided to ensure the physical and mental well-being of the student-athletes. Our academic staff will take care of a small group of student-athletes and offer tailor-made advice and assistance to them.
To implement the Elite Athlete Career Development Internship Programme, the University has established close collaboration with different job providers, such as NGOs and other relevant companies to form the “Elite Athlete Friendly Organizations” (EAFOs), and provide career training and internships to diversify the career opportunities for our pre-graduate athletes.
Special scholarships will be provided for student-athletes to foster an all-round education by helping them to balance their studies and sports commitments:
- From $10,000 up to Full tuition fee coverage (applicable to specific sports-related programmes)
- Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Fund to provide support packages to meet the needs of elite athletes
What Our Student-Athletes Say
I had my internship as a business catcher at OnBoard for Good for two months. Through the Elite Athlete Career Development Internship Programme, EdUHK provided a connection for me to experience and gain valuable insight through this internship. It has broadened my horizons and helped me to equip myself better in pursuing my career in the future.
Class of 2022
Elite Athlete of the Hong Kong Table Tennis Team
I appreciate the teachers and staff members so much for dedicating a great deal of effort and time to help me with my studies at EdUHK, especially when I was attending trainings and competitions overseas. They had my back and kept me on track. In addition, it was my honor to be appointed as an Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Ambassador, to act as a role model to promote the holistic development of local athletes.
Class of 2021
Elite athlete of the Hong Kong Rowing Team
An athlete’s life span is short. It is crucial for us to think about our paths after retirement. Thanks to EdUHK, I have the opportunity to continue with my career in sport while acquiring academic knowledge and practical skills beneficial for my future development.”
Class of 2020
Elite athlete of the Hong Kong Karate Team
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