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PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 June, 2014, 10:36am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 June, 2014, 10:36am

Students win UK study trip

Five Hong Kong students have been awarded free trips, university accommodation and a study place on a summer programme at a British university in June and August.

The students are Doris Lam Man-sze from St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School, Queenie Ngan Kwan-yi from St Mark's School, Rachel Pang Lee-ting from Queen Elizabeth School, Karen Lai Hiu-man from Poca Wong Siu Ching Secondary School and Violet Tang Wai-yuk from TWGHs Sun Hoi Director's College.

As winners of the British Council's UK Summer School Competition 2014 they will stay at institutions including the University of East Anglia and the University of London.

The students won the award for essays on "Who or what from the UK inspires you the most and why".

The judges were Robert Ness, director of the British Council Hong Kong, Tracy Dedman, British Airways regional general manager, Greater China and the Philippines, and Dr Christopher See, PhD candidate of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong.

Starbucks to help with fees

Starbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to make an undergraduate education available with a heavy discount to 135,000 US employees who work at least 20 hours a week, the Associated Press reports.

Workers will be able to choose from 40 educational programmes, and won't be required to stay at Starbucks after earning the degree.

For freshman and sophomore years, students would pay a greatly reduced tuition after factoring in a scholarship from Starbucks, the university, and financial aid such as Pell grants.

For the junior and senior years, Starbucks will reimburse money workers pay out of their own pockets.