Educational Stages

Universities see rise in postgraduate applications

Universities have seen an increase in applications for postgraduate programmes this year as students take shelter from the economic crisis.

Several institutions have extended the deadline for applications by a month or two to cope with demand.

Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am

Associate degree graduates say budget ignored jobs concerns

A union representing associate degree students is complaining that the budget failed to include them in a proposal to set up an internship programme for university graduates.

More than 20 associate degree students marched to the Legislative Council on Tuesday to protest at what they see as favouritism towards university students.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Review off to late start

A major review of higher education in Hong has been launched by the University Grants Committee - two years after its scheduled start date.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Be sure you make the right choice

Before you make the decision on whether to take a master's degree, have a good look at your situation and be absolutely sure that the programme you have chosen is the right one for you. Spending a year or two, perhaps even longer, on a master's degree is a time-consuming and often expensive exercise. Ask yourself these four questions before embarking on your degree:

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Research develops critical skills

With many of the world's countries gravitating towards knowledge-based economies, PhD graduates are proving their worth in ever-growing numbers. They are fast shaking off the traditional perception of being out of touch with the real world and showing how their wealth of transferable skills can add value to businesses.

10 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Vouchers 'create stress'

The implementation of the voucher scheme for kindergartens has greatly added to the work burden and stress suffered by teachers and principals, a survey found this week.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Kindergartens in 'crisis'

About 5,000 kindergarten teachers have signed a Professional Teachers' Union petition for an early review of the voucher scheme.

Education lawmaker and union president Cheung Man-kwong said the petition aimed to make the government aware of the pressure kindergarten teachers were facing under the voucher scheme.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

American dream continues to lure students

The spiralling world economy may have taken some of the gloss off the world's leading industrial nation, but the United States' position as the premier destination for international postgraduates remains intact.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Getting the best possible start

When a child goes to a nursery school or kindergarten at the tender age of two or three, it's a huge step as it marks possibly the first time for both parent and child that they will be separated.

15 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


My daughter has just started kindergarten. Although she cried a little for the first couple of days she seemed generally fine. But the second week has been much worse. She clings to me and cries when I drop her off. Is there anything I can do to make the 'goodbye' less painful for both of us?

Teacher Julie McGuire replies:

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

66 primary schools at risk of closure for failing to attract students

The threat of closure hangs over 66 primary schools next year as they have failed to attract enough students for more than a single Primary One class, figures released yesterday by the Education Bureau show.

9 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Primary One forms to be distributed

The Education Bureau is due to distribute application forms for next year's Primary One admissions to government and aided schools on Monday. The system is open to any children born on or before December 31, 2003, and who have not yet attended primary school. The forms are available at the children's own preschool and the bureau's district offices.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Schools step up health measures after fatalities

Schools have stepped up hygiene and other health measures as they prepare to start the new academic year under the shadow of the mystery virus that is killing children.

Education premises from kindergartens to secondary schools have been scrubbed and disinfected, lunch menus are being changed to help fight the virus and special cleaning facilities are being installed.

28 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

HK schools corrupted by too many tests: parents, teachers

Too much assessment is forcing schools to drill Primary Six students, placing them under study pressure and limiting their opportunities for extracurricular activities, according to a survey of teachers and parents released yesterday.

16 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Dedicated student realises dream

When Ceci Li Wing-man failed to get into a university two years ago, she realised that she would have to enrol in an associate degree programme.

30 Jun 2008 - 12:00am