Higher Education

NYU Shanghai as a study in globalisation

Illustration: Henry Wong

The founding chancellor of New York University Shanghai, Yu Lizhong, likens the joint venture between New York University and East China Normal University to a couple expecting a child.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 2:53pm

Hong Kong universities lack female leadership, says pro-vice chancellor of Chinese University

Fanny Cheung. Photo: David Wong

Women have long broken through the glass ceiling in public life in Hong Kong. No one blinks an eye if the chief secretary for administration or the permanent secretary for education is a woman, and it might not be long before we have our first female chief executive.

20 May 2013 - 11:50am

Looming surplus of university places offers chance to target inequality

Michelle Li Mei-sheung, deputy secretary for higher education in the Education Bureau. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong is heading for the unfamiliar position of having more university places than it knows what to do with. Within three years, education authorities say, we will have 1,200 more places than the number of students expected to meet entry requirements. This compares with an expected shortage of 5,000 places in the coming academic year.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 1 comment

Good marks for Hong Kong in World University Rankings, but history is a fail

Professor Peter Cunich laments limited resources for the University of Hong Kong's history department. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong institutions fared reasonably well in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, being represented in the top 200 in almost all 30 subjects.

13 May 2013 - 9:45am 3 comments

Education News

A majority choosing of DSE graduates chose to enter local schools last year. Photo: SCMP

Eighty-eight per cent of graduates who completed the Diploma of Secondary Education exam last year furthered their studies, with the majority choosing to enter local schools and some 20 per cent going abroad.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am 1 comment

Roots of liberal studies

A liberal studies lesson taught by Jacob Hui Shing-yan at Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Secondary School. Photo: Edward Wong

The liberal studies exam in this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, under way until early next month, contained the previously taboo topic of the June 4 crackdown in Tiananmen Square.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:43am

University uses location-based solutions to catch curfew breakers

Photo: Screenshot

A Chinese academic has created a new application integrated with location-based technology that supposedly helps university instructors catch truanting students who break evening curfew, the Chengdu Business Daily reports.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:44pm

Darts and sciences

Do university rankings, which come out year after year, actually tell students what they want to know?

Students intending to study abroad are so used to looking up where universities stand in global league tables that it is easy to forget the rankings are just a decade old - the first was released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003, creating a huge international buzz.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:09am

University rankings may not tell the whole story

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) boasts that "we stand with the top universities in the world" on its website - first in Hong Kong, first in Asia and 23rd in the world, according to one global league table it quotes.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:55am 1 comment

Overseas teaching scholarship scheme not such a bright idea

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The recent budget contained a provision of HK$480 million a year to send 20 bright Hong Kong students overseas to study early childhood education or English. On the surface, this may seem like an initiative that will make teaching an attractive option for the smartest of Hong Kong's secondary students but is this really the message that will be sent to the community?

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

Students, not institutions, will improve English classes

Learning English can be a parental obsession, a student's headache and a businessman's opportunity. 

11 Mar 2013 - 10:34am

Free tuition fees draw crowd to German study booth

A student (left) at the European Higher Education Fair. Statistics show more locals are heading abroad for studies. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The lure of free tertiary education in Germany saw dozens of students swamp the country's stall at a fair in Causeway Bay yesterday, even as Hong Kong frets over a dearth of foreign students at local universities.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Talking points

Thousands protest against nuclear power

Thousands of protesters will take to the streets in Tokyo and elsewhere tomorrow to protest against government plans to restart reactors taken offline after the Fukushima nuclear tragedy.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Budget short of smart ideas

Budget short of smart ideas

As an alumni of the University of Melbourne, I recently received a message from its vice-chancellor, Professor Glyn Davies, about something called "A smarter Australia" that is very relevant to Hong Kong. This major initiative by Australian universities recognises their key role in the nation's future prosperity, and calls for community support to persuade the federal government to invest in higher education.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am 2 comments

Competition for local university places heats up

The pressure is on for these students studying for the HKDSE exam at a coffee shop in Mong Kok. Photo: Paul Yeung

Only a small fraction of those applying to get into publicly funded universities this autumn will be accepted. And with more local students wanting to stay home to get their degrees rather than study overseas, it's no wonder.

8 May 2015 - 9:08am