Most aim for local degree
Eighty-eight per cent of graduates who completed the Diploma of Secondary Education exam last year furthered their studies, with the majority choosing to enter local schools and some 20 per cent going abroad.
This is according to a review, led by the Education Bureau, of the new senior secondary school curriculum.
The poll surveyed 59,871 graduates from 432 schools. About 47,800 of them qualified to study for a degree or sub-degree at a local institution, and of these, 80 per cent enrolled in the courses while many of the remaining opted to study in the top two destinations (Britain and the mainland) or elsewhere.
The bureau's review also sought the views of more than 90 schools on the implementation of the new curriculum. Most of the schools considered the curriculum's features - such as elective subjects under the Applied Learning and Other Learning Experiences course - to foster positive traits and values, but said there was a need for greater recognition of the programme among universities.
Science camp for girls
The University of Science and Technology is accepting applications for the Women in Science and Engineering Summer Camp, which gives young science enthusiasts a head start. The three-day event in July is for "high-calibre" Secondary Six girls taking at least one of these electives: biology, chemistry, physics and combined science.
A range of activities are in store from July 4-6, including hands-on workshops and experiments, academic seminars and games. HKUST professors from various fields will deliver mini-lectures on science and engineering topics. Participants will also conduct experiments dealing with coastal marine science, skin care and even 3-D reconstruction. The application deadline is May 10. For inquiries, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese tomes for US school
The University of Missouri (MU) Library has been given a treasure trove of Chinese books in honour of 100 years of ties between the American school and China. It received 1,000 rare and modern books from the Chinese government as well as the university's own Confucius Institute. US media reported this was believed to be among the largest gifts of its kind to any public library in the US.
The 174-year-old university, located in the US Midwest, has links with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), a non-profit group affiliated with China's Ministry of Education.
The Confucius Institute - which provides courses on East Asian and Chinese languages not only for MU students but residents, teachers and public or independent schools in Columbia, Missouri - is also a partner of Shanghai Normal University.