Non-Academic Achievements Scheme

1.           Introduction

2.           The Scheme

2.1         Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)

2.2         School Principals Nominations Sub-system (SPNS)

2.3         Self Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

2.3.1      Self Recommendation Portfolio

2.3.2      Updating of Data in the Self Recommendation Portfolio

2.3.3      Assessment

3.           Enquiries



1.         Introduction


PolyU supports the all-round development of students and operates a Non-academic Achievements Scheme (NAS) to give due recognition to the non-academic achievements of applicants in the admission selection process. Applicants with very outstanding non-academic achievements (e.g. with awards/prizes attained in prominent international competitions) will be favourably considered for admission while those with extensive non-academic achievements will be given bonus scores in the selection process.


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2.                The Scheme


The PolyU NAS covers the following:


            Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)

            School Principal’s Nominations Sub-system (SPNS)

            Self Recommendation Scheme (SRS)


Applicants concerned will only be considered by their Band A programme choices (as at 21 May 2012). Any favourable consideration is valid only when the programmes remain in your Band A choices after the final reprioritisation of choices. We will consider your academic and non-academic achievements, interview/test performance, if any, and other appropriate information, in deciding your suitability for admission. We, however, still require applicants to be admitted through NAS to meet the minimum entrance requirements of the programmes before they are eligible for consideration.


You can participate in any of the following schemes/sub-system at your own wish. PolyU will consider your non-academic achievements under the scheme/sub-system which benefits you the most. If you have very outstanding achievements in sports, you should participate in OSRS.


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2.1       Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme (OSRS)


OSRS has been introduced since 1998 and it aims to provide opportunities for outstanding student-athletes to pursue their tertiary education in PolyU. Applications are made to our Student Affairs Office through relevant sports organizations. Application forms and further details are obtainable via the SAO website.


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2.2       School Principal’s Nominations Sub-system (SPNS)


SPNS is a sub-system of JUPAS and only covers JUPAS applicants. Its main objective is to give due recognition to students who have outstanding achievements/contributions in art, music, sports, community services, creativity and/or leadership, or other cultural activities areas. More details of the sub-system can be found at the JUPAS website.


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2.3       Self Recommendation Scheme (SRS)


SRS provides a means for applicants who have substantial non-academic achievements to highlight their achievements to PolyU for consideration.


You are eligible to join SRS if you have:

-        selected PolyU programme(s) in your JUPAS Band A choices;

-        scored good ratings in the assessment given by your secondary school in the JUPAS Reference Report; and

-        submitted a self recommendation portfolio in the JUPAS System.



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2.3.1     Self Recommendation Portfolio


The self recommendation portfolio must be submitted to the JUPAS Office by 5 Dec 2011, while appropriate supporting documents must be submitted to the JUPAS Office by 9 January 2012.


Achievements in the following areas may be included in the portfolio:


(i)     participation/achievements in international/national/regional competitions

(ii)    participation/awards in local competitions/inter-school competitions or key positions held demonstrating leadership

(iii)   school/community services

(iv)   other extra-curricular activities/achievements

(v)    participation in institutions’ organized programmes

(vi)   additional information


For a complete list of acceptable achievements and relevant examples, please click here.


Please provide supporting documents (e.g. award certificates, school testimonials and other official documents/certifications issued by the organizing associations, newspaper clippings etc.) according to the following instructions:

-       For achievements listed in (i) – necessary to provide supporting documents according to the above schedule.

-       For achievements listed in (ii) to (iv) – only provide supporting documents when you are required to do so at a later stage. Misrepresentation of achievements or failure to produce supporting evidence/documents may result in the disqualification of your application for admission to the University including nullification of places offered and resultant registration.


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2.3.2     Updating of Data in the Self Recommendation Portfolio


You have to approach the JUPAS Office direct if you need to update your data in the Self Recommendation Portfolio.



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2.3.3     Assessment


Upon receipt of a self recommendation, a non-academic score will be calculated based on your non-academic achievements recorded in the "Self Recommendation Portfolio" (except for entries under "Participation in Institution's Organized Programmes" and "Additional Information" which are for reference only).


In the assessment process, the scores for awards which have been obtained long time ago or in similar competitions may be suitably adjusted. Adjustments may also be applied to cases in which the applicants’ non-academic achievements fall mainly in one particular area.


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3.         Enquiries


For enquiries, please contact:





Student Affairs Office, PolyU

Telephone : 2766 6815

Email :

JUPAS Office

Telephone : 2859 2274

Academic Secretariat, PolyU

Enquiry hotline : 2333 0600

Email :


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Updated in February 2012