Students given deadline
University of Hong Kong students have been asked to elect a student representative to the committee that will select the next vice-chancellor, after a student council dispute earlier derailed the process. All HKU students will vote online from May 15-20, says a statement by the university. The committee was formed to find a replacement for Professor Tsui Lap-chee, who leaves the post early next year.
Baptist opposes rezoning
Baptist University staff, students and alumni have submitted more than 17,000 letters to the Town Planning Board to protest the government's proposal to rezone the southern portion of the former Lee Wai Lee campus site near the university for residential purposes. The Action Group on the Lee Wai Lee Site (below right) maintains that it should be reserved for the university.
Taiwanese writer in residence
Professor Su Wei-chen is the writer-in-residence at Baptist University until next month. A professor in the department of Chinese literature at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, she has won the United Daily News Prize for the Novelette and the Judge's Award from China Times among others. She will be holding public talks and workshops for HKBU students.
Tours offered at SCAD
SCAD Hong Kong, the Hong Kong branch of the US-based Savannah College of Art and Design, is offering twice daily 45-minute guided public tours from Monday to Friday and on every third Saturday of each month. Important heritage features include the North Kowloon Magistracy building (left), including the Moot Gallery, library, ground-floor lobby, first- and second-floor landings, the original holding cell and courtroom. SCAD was granted occupancy of the former court building to offer degree-level courses in art and design. It opened in 2010.
Confusion over online courses
Almost half of the European universities surveyed by the European University Association support further developing massive open online courses. Only a few answered negatively, but 48 per cent had no opinion on the issue, reflecting a limited understanding. Among the 175 higher education institutions polled, 56 per cent have an internationalisation strategy in place, 13 per cent intend to develop one and 30 per cent have considered it in other strategies. "Attracting students from abroad" was the top priority, followed by internationalisation of learning and teaching; giving students more chances for overseas learning, and strategic research partnerships.