Revealing graduation rates
An average of 48 per cent of young women and 32 per cent of young men in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries will complete tertiary education in their lifetimes, according to the group's 2013 Education at a Glance report. The rate is less than 25 per cent for young people in Chile, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and 50 per cent or above for those in Australia, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Poland and Britain.
Pulitzer lecture at CityU
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson will give a public lecture at City University on Friday under the school's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing summer residency programme. The Stanford University professor and author of The Orphan Master's Son won this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Last week, University of California, San Diego professor Rae Armantrout, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2010, gave a lecture. Both will teach workshops and classes under the CityU programme.
Top students head to HKU
University of Hong Kong has admitted 303 top students from a record 12,513 applications from the mainland. The selected students attained outstanding results in the national college entrance examination. About a quarter of the intake in Hong Kong will receive scholarships of up to HK$175,000 a year. Chinese University has accepted 305 mainland students, also top scorers, the youngest of whom is only 13.
Scientists granted HK$100m
Pioneering research projects at University of Science and Technology, led by professors Chan Che-ting and Zhang Mingjie, were awarded close to HK$100 million by the University Grants Committee under its Sixth Round of Areas of Excellence Scheme. The scientists seek to create a new generation of materials that are capable of controlling the density of radiation modes, making possible more efficient light-emitting devices.