Open University to offer part-time master of nursing, the lasting legacy of Sesame Street

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 June, 2015, 6:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 June, 2015, 6:03am

Part-time master of TCM nursing to begin at Open University

The Open University of Hong Kong will launch a part-time master of nursing (Chinese medicinal nursing) programme, a first among local universities, in September.

Students will be required to complete 60 credits of courses within two years, which will include knowledge of the human body, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Clinical practicum will take place at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University.

Last year, the government allocated a site in Tseung Kwan O for the setting up of a Chinese medicine hospital, to be in service by 2017-2018. Registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong with a recognised bachelor's degree in nursing or health-related discipline are eligible for the programme costing HK$90,000 to HK$95,000.

Drone used to weed out Chinese exam cheats

The latest weapon in the fight against cheating on China's all-important college entrance exam was a six-propeller drone, according to AP.

The contraption flew over two testing centres in Luoyang city in central China's Henan province to scan for any unusual signals being sent to devices smuggled by students taking the annual test. No such signals were detected on June 7, the first day of the exam, a Henan province news website reportedly said.

The drone cost hundreds of thousands of yuan and is as big as a petrol pump when extended, said Lan Zhigang, from Luoyang's Radio Supervision and Regulation Bureau.

"In an urban area full of tall buildings, various barriers limit the operating range of devices on the ground, while the drone can rise up to 500 metres and detect signals over the whole city," Lan said.

Study shows positive power of Sesame Street

The most authoritative study ever done on the impact of Sesame Street, found that the famous show on terrestrial TV has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of US children — benefits as powerful as children get from going to preschool, the Washington Post reported.

The paper from the University of Maryland's Melissa Kearney and Wellesley College's Phillip Levine finds that the show has left children more likely to stay at the appropriate grade level for their age, an effect that is particularly pronounced among boys, black Americans and children who grow up in disadvantaged areas.

The researchers attribute the effect to Sesame Street's focus on presenting viewers with an academic curriculum, heavy on reading and maths, that would appear to have helped prepare children for school.

The research can't say whether the show continues to deliver such high benefits to children, said Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, an economist at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. But she said it clearly shows "the importance of childhood education, which is really having its moment right now".

Support for autistic students

A joint project involving the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the University of Hong Kong, the Education Bureau and six NGOs will provide school-based support for autistic students from the next academic year.

JC A-Connect: Jockey Club Autism Support Network (JC A-Connect) is funded by a donation of HK$167 million from the Club's Charities Trust.

Caritas-HK, Heep Hong Society, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, SAHK, the Salvation Army and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals will conduct after-school training for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in social communication, emotional regulation and learning strategies from 250 mainstream schools, covering about half of students with ASD every year.

They will also provide training for 5,100 education professionals and teachers, alongside a series of public education programmes and an online platform that provide up-to-date ASD information and support.