Educational Stages

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.

Saturday, 8 December, 2007, 12:00am

Macau teachers find less is more in class

Small-class teaching promotes 'a spirit of mutual help' among pupils of different abilities and facilitates integrated education, a local teacher told a delegation of Macau educators this week.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Infants toddle back in as pre-nursery classes reopen

Infants returned to the classrooms this week at a West Kowloon kindergarten after it received delayed registration as a child-care centre.

Pre-nursery classes for under-threes at Parkview International Pre-school (Kowloon) were suspended last month after the Education Bureau discovered it had been operating before approval was given.

10 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

How this guide can help you focus on what you want to achieve

Editor's Note

MBA, EMBA, DBA, PgC, MEng, LLM, MEd, MPhil, MA ... and then, of course, there's always a PhD.

But what do the acronyms stand for? They spell out the route to personal achievement and the development of the knowledge-based or learning society that Hong Kong is well on its way to becoming.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Land of beaches and barbies is a favourite destination

The postcards and tourism adverts may continue to capitalise on the picturesque beaches and abundance of wildlife, but the days when Australia was simply a holiday destination are long gone.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The colonial connection remains a drawcard for HK students


A decade after the handover from colonial rule, Britain remains one of the most popular study destinations for Hong Kong students.

The historic connection makes Britain an obvious choice for overseas study, one enforced by the country's enviable reputation as a centre for higher learning and research.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

American institutions allow students to pay their own way

The weakening US dollar may not provide much financial relief to Hongkongers studying in the United States, but the vast array of academic choices and concentration of top-notch talent can still make studying in the country good value for money.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Strong case for subsidies for associate degrees

The dramatic expansion of post-secondary education in recent years has spawned thousands of associate-degree graduates who feel cheated by the lack of opportunities. They remain unable to find places in university degree courses and their qualifications are under-recognised by employers.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A fifth of primary schools on target

A fifth of primary schools last year ran Primary One classes almost as small or even smaller than the proposed small-class level, according to enrolment figures on the official school profile lists.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen this week announced plans to cut class sizes in 'suitable primary schools' to 25 students in their 2009 Primary One admission.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Extra funds sought for preschool pilot scheme

An education expert is applying for extra funding to expand coverage of a pilot scheme to assess the performance of kindergarten pupils.

26 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

UK too reliant on foreign students: report

British universities may be relying too heavily on students from China and other countries to bolster strategic disciplines such as science and engineering, according to new research.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Alternatives break with tradition

Each year tens of thousands of Form Five school leavers vie for limited Form Six places that lead to the A-Level exam, but not everyone thrives in an exam-oriented system. For many, it may be worth considering alternative pathways. Recently there has been an increase in the number of options open for students who might benefit from a change in study mode.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Critics question free gifts and discounts as colleges vie for subdegree students

Free gifts and discounts are being offered to students who sign up for subdegree programmes as colleges prepare for the annual scramble to recruit candidates denied a university place.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

British Council slams claim of huge fees gap

Survey shows foreign students pay far more

The British Council in Hong Kong has strongly criticised the report of a survey in The Guardian that claims tuition fees for international students studying at British universities are 'vastly inflated'.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Kinder surprises in store

Since the introduction of the education voucher scheme last year, some parents with children enrolling in kindergartens that are excluded from the initiative have switched schools or are seriously considering the option in order to benefit from the subsidy.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am