Academic Degrees

Options abound for college hopefuls

After the release of the much-awaited Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination results, public concerns over the new liberal studies subject have largely been dismissed, with more than 90 per cent of candidates scoring at least level 2, the minimum req

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Degrees of separation

Should I stay or should I go?' The Clash famously sang in 1982. This could easily apply to many Hongkongers deliberating whether to move overseas or remain in Hong Kong to study career-advancing postgraduate programmes.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sub-degrees prove their true worth

Sub-degrees have a bad reputation. Ever since they were created by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, they have been criticised as being too expensive while carrying little academic weight. Now Chung Yue-ping, a professor of education at Chinese University, has completed a study on the degrees' value for money and found that they are indeed worth the cost.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Not kosher

Two academics bought bogus degrees from a US diploma mill. Given the proliferation of this practice on the internet, do universities have to tighten their checking system to ensure qualifications are genuine? Write to us.

13 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

The recommendations

Double second-year places on full-degree courses reserved for holders of associate degrees at publicly funded universities

Extend scheme providing loans for graduates of diploma and associate degree programmes to pursue full degrees

Make vacant school buildings available to prospective providers of sub-degree courses

11 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong learns valuable lessons

Furthur education is a must to ensure that Hong Kong advances as a knowledge-based city. Obtaining a bachelor's degree is not enough for many ambitious executives seeking a more senior position. Having a double degree or postgraduate degree is the goal of many facing keen competition and the rapid changes in knowledge and technology.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Courses at a glance

Master of Science in Intelligent Building Technology and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Doctoring the degree system

Some cadres find it pays to fake it when it come to getting that coveted PhD

Professor Wan's students wine and dine him and offer him the use of luxury suites in five-star hotels on his mainland travels.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Education chief to resolve status of sub-degrees

Students may get credit-point system

The education chief pledged yesterday to look at ways, including a new credit-point system, to give associate degrees greater academic recognition by the end of the year.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

European reform with a global touch

A reformed European higher education sector where qualifications receive greater international recognition is likely to benefit Asian students, a conference heard this week.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Playing the numbers game

Some European states are keen on three-year basic degrees followed by one to two-year master's courses, because they are cheaper, an academic has said.

Edward Vickers, a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education of the University of London, said for governments, the main advantage was cost.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am


Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Software Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


Master of Business Administration with a specialism in Innovation and Design Management, the Graduate School of Business and the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

What's on offer as you plan to make your next continuing education move

Institutions offering pre-associate degree and diploma programmes:

Caritas Bianchi College of Careers,

Tel: 2710 2628 (Yaumatei); 3427 9797 (Hung Hom); 2359 3672 (Evening College)



9 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

There's more than one way to achieve your goals

Shum Lai-lim will soon enrol in an associate degree programme at Lingnan University but can still remember his disappointment when he learned his HKCEE results last year.

'Having failed Chinese, I couldn't do Form Six,' he said.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am