What to look for in an American institution

Webster Hall on the campus of Dartmouth College. Photo: Bloomberg

What is the difference between a US college and university? In most countries, universities generally refer to an institution of higher learning that confers degrees. However, in the US these terms are used interchangeably; Dartmouth College, for example, is a high-ranking university.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 11:30am

Fears in Taiwan over downside of education boom

High school students study at a cram school in Taipei. Photo: AFP

When Hsu Chung-hsin went to university three decades ago he became part of a small elite in Taiwan. Now virtually everyone  can enter higher education. That, he thinks, is deplorable.

“It’s become so easy. As long as you’re willing to pay the tuition, you can  go to university. That’s no good,” said Hsu, a legislator with a PhD in law  from Cambridge.

30 Aug 2012 - 1:42pm

On the paper chase

Many parents hope to give their children Ivy League or Oxbridge educations. For some, such as Karen Leung, nothing else would do. A chartered accountant, Leung was far more upset than her son was when his teachers at Island School said that his academic record didn't look strong enough to get him admitted into the law faculty at Oxford.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

school news

St Margaret's Girls' College - Hong Kong

The annual Inter-class English Drama Competition at St Margaret's Girls' College was once again a triumph for all involved.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Excellence makes US popular draw

Politically the world's superpower, the United States is also a major player in the international competition for overseas students.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

A stage they're going through

Heather Ma Ho-kiu has always enjoyed drawing and artistic pursuits, and enrolling at the Academy for Performing Arts (APA) seemed a natural step after she completed secondary school. But it wasn't until after completing a group project in the middle of her first year that the scenic art major realised how right the course was for her.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in degrees of futility

His placid look belies the fact that he is under a burden of debt and expects tough years ahead. Working as a clerk at an IT company since completing an associate degree course last year, Marco Cheng Leung-tung is prepared to juggle work that involves night shifts and studying for a degree.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Colleges asked to clarify where public funds go

The University Grants Committee asked the city's publicly funded tertiary institutions to clarify whether public money was being used for non-subsidised subdegree programmes, says outgoing chairwoman Laura Cha Shih May-lung.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Top-class foreign universities will not necessarily raise academic standards

I could not agree more with Victoria Sung ('No need for foreign universities', August 13) replying to Kelly Yang's column ('Campus chase', August, 10).

23 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Prepped for working life


15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

school news

Po Leung Kuk 1983 Board of Directors' College

To celebrate its silver jubilee, Po Leung Kuk 1983 Board of Directors' College held a Musical and Variety Show on January 25. About 800 guests, parents, teachers and students gathered in Tsuen Wan Town Hall to enjoy the entertainment.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

New course to attract great minds

A new college recently set up at Sun Yat-Sen University is offering a very different sort of syllabus.

The liberal arts college offers a four-year course that covers ancient Chinese, ancient Greek, Latin, English, Chinese civilisation and Western civilisation.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Everyone deserves to graduate

Name Dr Henry Hu Hung-lick

Occupation Founder and president of Shue Yan University

Star sign Capricorn

On my playlist Classical music and Shaoxing Opera

Hobbies Hiking

The man

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Becoming a university demands more than a change of signboard

Last week's Education Post contained two interesting articles which, when the points from each are considered together, give serious cause for concern. One reported on the 'dumbing down' in Britain, when some new universities drop any pretence at maintaining good academic standards.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


The definition of beauty

A pair of big eyes and a white face, with a tall, slim figure - this is what many boys consider a beautiful girl.

Many people have fixed views of what beauty or attractiveness is.

But I don't think beauty has a fixed definition.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am