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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 April, 2008, 12:00am

Open University offers range of free preparatory courses on the Web

Ten new online courses are now available for free through Open University's website. The courses, in arts and history, business and management, education, social sciences, languages and information technology, are designed to help people prepare for higher education but do not lead to any credit or award. The courses, which take between four and 28 hours to complete, are available at

First-in-family to get help for universityUniversity of Hong Kong will launch its 'First-in-the-Family Education Fund' scheme for 2008/09 on Tuesday. The fund, which has received donations from Country Garden Holdings chairman Yeung Kwok-keung, has been established to help children who are the first in their families to attend university and enable them to enjoy activities outside the classroom.

Scholarship for winning filmmakers

Budding filmmakers will have the chance to win a full-tuition scholarship at one of Canada's leading film schools with the launch of the Vancouver Film School/YouTube 'What Matters to You' Scholarship Competition. People worldwide will have the opportunity to share their films, animation or creative pitch in a three-minute video. Artists from the 19 regions where YouTube has local sites have until May 9 to submit videos. Ten finalists will be selected and the YouTube community will then vote for three winners. Winners will be named on May 30 and be able to attend any of 14 entertainment arts programmes, including acting, writing, sound design, digital design, game design and entertainment business management.