Review off to late start

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 March, 2009, 12:00am

A major review of higher education in Hong has been launched by the University Grants Committee - two years after its scheduled start date.

The review, which is due to be completed by July 1 next year, will assess progress made towards the objectives of the 2002 higher education review - known as the Sutherland report - having regard to the 'present higher education landscape'.

It is also charged with identifying new issues facing the sector and discerning world trends with a view to recommending strategies for future development of the sector.

It would examine trends including demand and supply of student places, the strategy and mechanism for supporting research, inter-university collaboration and the globalisation of higher education and its development on the mainland.

UGC chairwoman Laura Cha Shih May-lung said: 'Our aim is to come up with, in the first half of 2010, a forward-looking document that can assist the government and the public in reflecting on the purposes of higher education, perceived world trends and hence the strategies for Hong Kong's higher education system.'

The review group will be headed by Sir Colin Lucas, warden of Rhodes House, a centre for holders of Rhodes scholarships at Oxford University.