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Hong Kong universities 'face bigger challenge from mainland campuses'

HKUST vice chancellor warns city could lose its place as first choice for the best students and should seek greater support from businesses

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 October, 2013, 3:49pm

Hong Kong universities have been warned to prepare for stiffer challenges from elite mainland institutions that have more money and bigger pools of talent.

While attention has focused recently on how the city's position as China's primary financial centre may be under threat from Shanghai, a leading academic said it was also in danger of losing its standing as top choice for the nation's brightest students.

The vice chancellor of the University of Science and Technology, Tony Chan Fan-cheong, said the likes of Peking University and Tsinghua University were working hard to raise their standards.

"They have global ambition and great students. That's the long-term competition we're up against. We have to keep running to stay in place."

His warning comes ahead of the release tomorrow of a new global ranking of universities by Times Higher Education.

Chan said Hong Kong's universities cannot compete with the mainland on money or talent. "These I think they have in abundance. But how to use them efficiently and in a proper way so that you don't corrupt your core values? That is another question."

Chan, giving his first interview since renewing a contract that will run until 2019, said Hong Kong must play to its unique strengths: free flow of information and a robust rule of law.

"Here you can get any information. You can access Facebook, Google, Twitter or weibo. Everything is available," he said.

Hong Kong's universities constantly rank among the best in Asia and have become the preferred choice of the mainland's best students.

At the same time, they have been criticised for not working closely enough with the business and commercial sectors. A survey in August by Times Higher Education ranked the city's universities behind those in Korea, Singapore, China and even Turkey in terms of collaborating with business in research efforts.

Chan said local universities should strive for more support from business communities.

"I often envy our counterparts in Korea, because they have scholarships and labs sponsored by companies like Samsung and LG, and when their students graduate, they can get into these companies."

Chan noted that many mainland-based companies, such as Lenovo or Huawei, were setting up labs in Hong Kong.

He said the city must seize these opportunities.

"The government has a role to play in this," said Chan. "It needs to offer [more] initiatives and incentives. We have all the right ingredients. We just need a leader with a vision."

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Beaker
You have lack of any analytical abilities, nor do you have much grace. Telling the truth about someone/something/country, is that bad mouthing or just reporting the truth? My question to you is why, unless your rice bowl is tied to it, are you defending such systems? As you have no grace, and may possibly be part of the Commie mechanism, nobody actually benefits from your grace. As for China's peaceful developmental endeavors, I point you to the next discussion, China building nuclear power plants. Go over there and I show how it is going to end. Remember high speed rails built with tofujia? Well, prat, imagine nuclear powerplants built the same way. They guy who "cost down" the 2nd and 3rd plants after the proveout with Westinghouse oversight on the first plant will be in AU or Canada when it blows, taking out errh, Shanghai, Jiejiang, or GZ, Shenzhen, HK. How much will that cost? smug SOB you are. I know what these kinds of people did with braking systems on cars, knowingly killing people to collect their 300 rmb/car kickback. See you over there, nuclear reactors. Go boy.
pslhk
In between my other works,
here’s an interim comment for Beaker
before I get to my other computer
to retrieve copies of the 3 disappeared comments
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I’d refer to just one JT (B&MS, fluid mechanics) who
I once introduced to the engineering dean of a top u in Bay Area
and now working for BP
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Silicon Valley
Two of my in-laws now retiring were the first generation computer engineers there
A niece not yet 24, has become senior development computer engineer
within two years after Stanford (B&MS)
Her brother (UM, Ann Arbor) after 8 year in Mid West
doing software development is now hr in the Bay Area
often flying between Seattle and Boston to offer jobs of min 80k each
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I care neither who you’re
nor that your background clearly can’t compare
I understand you only by your performance
which, fairly, are you really proud of?
Beaker
"Silicon Valley
Two of my in-laws now retiring were the first generation computer engineers there
A niece not yet 24, has become senior development computer engineer
within two years after Stanford (B&MS)
Her brother (UM, Ann Arbor) after 8 year in Mid West
doing software development is now hr in the Bay Area
often flying between Seattle and Boston to offer jobs of min 80k each"
What are YOUR accomplishments? Don't tell me about the accomplishments of your relatives. I'm sure they are great people. But I think you are a **** who cannot support your imbecile statements. Maybe your relatives agree with me.
pslhk
You've missed the fun
somehow my (~6:30am) reply
to Beaker's two self-explanatory comments
of early Oct04 morning have all disappeared
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But no worry and stay tuned
I copied them in another computer
and would upload them later to show that
mine isn't an attack, but a summary description of
Beaker's self felicitated derogation
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scmp must explain
why all the 3 comments of early this morning
have disappeared
I said nothing that has been ****
I don't mind Beaker's many telling ****
which should stay to show who is attacking who
Beaker
And WTF are you? I have no idea why SCMP would disappear these posts, other than maybe they think you are not honest. I have no pull with them. Besides, their editor is one of you Commies.
pslhk
Enjoy Beaker’s following comments (Oct4 – 1:03 and 12:56)
They’re a must to read
Caution: He is quite sour
Better to have your alka seltzer handy
mercedes2233
You don't have to agree with anybody, but you don't have to attack people you don't agree with either.
pslhk
You've missed the fun
somehow my (~6:30am) reply
to Beaker's two self-explanatory comments
of early Oct04 morning have all disappeared
-
But no worry and stay tuned
I copied them in another computer
and would upload them later to show that
mine isn't an attack, but a summary description of
Beaker's self felicitated derogation
-
scmp must explain
why all the 3 comments of early this morning
have disappeared
I said nothing that has been ****
I don't mind Beaker's many telling ****
which should stay to show who is attacking who
pslhk
mercedes2233
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Jiaotong, a top engineering u in Shanghai where students achieve the world's best Pisa scores, admitted top students from all over the country
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(1) “how did you know that and where was your simulation to prove that”?
Rather than stupid, the question is a meaningful challenge, implying distrust of authority that seemed preoccupied with something superficial. As such it refutes allegations about rote learning and blind compliance. Beaker may wish to appreciate the humor.
(2) We know nothing about the alleged SOE and the roles of Beaker and his “engineers”. As Martin Posth, the VW director who set up the first j/v car factory in Shanghai noted: difficulties in cultural fit and human cooperation account for 80% of Chinese foreign j/v problems(p.97)
(3) “they will get into a good school, but not given their choice of education. … (to) pursue their chosen field, … they don't get to go to the big name school .. . most graduates working in professions which they did not choose”. Is Beaker saying that his engineers are those who applied to study history in u and those who applied to study engineering have become doctors?
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I wanted to summarily dismiss Beaker’s allegations which to me are so obviously biased and unreliable, knowing that I won’t have the patience to write a detailed rejoinder. That’s why I am rushing thru in this ordinary format. My case needs no help. If I wrote more enthusiastically, it would have come out in my usual format.

Beaker
pslhk You cannot summarily dismiss anything I said. There are other people with access to Mainland students who will find the same things as i did just for the asking. You may "want to summarily dismiss", but you cannot. Where are you going to go with this? Where is your argument? Where is your cogent stance? You have none because, you lack the IQ to go head to head with me. You are flailing, and with no grace. But, try. Go ahead. Quite simply, you are at best of average intelligence. You got your job because of parental guanxi and that you learned English well from a foreign maid they hired, but your job requires more than English skills. Your job requires cunning and deceit. You try in deceit, but you are not cunning enough to pull it off. "Ham fisted" is the word we use for your behavior. Simply repeating the same algorithmic attempts to dispel cogent arguments from others. Deal with it, you are out of your league. Call your father. Oh, no, he has too many watches and cannot be seen in public. hahaha

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