Higher Education in Hong Kong

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.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 1:52am 1 comment

Hong Kong universities raise fees by up to 20pc for non-local students

Professor Chung Yue-ping of Chinese University. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong's eight government-funded universities have raised tuition fees by as much as 20 per cent for non-local students this year, attributing it to inflation and a stronger yuan.

3 May 2013 - 7:43am 2 comments

Education must be a prime focus for Hong Kong

Professor Esther Ho Sui-chu

Given that higher education is important to Hong Kong's future competitiveness, the expectations of the city's 15-year-olds give cause for concern. According to figures compiled by Chinese University academics from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009, only 47.2 per cent thought they would complete a university education.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Academics denied their place in debate on Hong Kong

Gordon Mathews

Hong Kong universities are now gearing up for the Research Assessment Exercise, imported from Margaret Thatcher's Britain. Academics are required to choose their four "best" publications over the past six years; these will be evaluated by committees of experts, who will then rank different academic departments as to their research productivity. Highly ranked departments will get more money; poorly ranked departments will get less money, with implications for individuals' jobs and futures.

22 Apr 2013 - 1:58am 3 comments

Six Hong Kong institutes named in Asia University Rankings' top 100 list

Top of the class

Hong Kong's universities must create a truly international student and faculty mix if they are to stand out among competitors in the region, a British education expert has said.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:50am 2 comments

Housing plan for land adjacent to Baptist University 'shortsighted'

Lee Wai Lee campus

A relatively small plot of land has recently become a site of contention between the government and Hong Kong Baptist University. The issue is symptomatic of problems in town planning, the land shortage in Hong Kong and the need for long-term vision with regard to higher education.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Budget got it wrong on education

The HK$480 million John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to inject into the Government Scholarship Fund could be better spent on other areas of education. Photo: Edward Wong

The responses from the Hong Kong community to Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's budget have not been very positive. As an educator, I am also concerned about the resources the government devotes to nurturing the next generation.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Higher knowledge is working

The implementation of the new secondary school diploma in Hong Kong will result in a double cohort of graduates in 2012, further intensifying the competition for opportunities in further education or vocational training.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

More places likely for associate degree holders

The University Grants Committee is considering increasing the number of places for students who join universities after taking associate degrees and higher diplomas.

The measure is part of a review of higher education in Hong Kong.

13 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Chu Hai pins hopes on next academic year

Chu Hai College of Higher Education is hoping to obtain university status in the next academic year, its president said this week. The college began offering accredited degree courses last month after receiving approval last year.

4 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Class Notes

Creative writers sought for short story contest

6 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

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ESF hopes for regulation change by end of year

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

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HKU snaps up the best

The University of Hong Kong has snapped up the brightest secondary students through early admissions. It offered places to 14 Form Six students who scored 10 As in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination last year. The Chinese University of Hong Kong followed closely with six students with 10 As.

Baptist U in HK$1b expansion

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

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baptist business team triumphs

A team of four business students from Hong Kong Baptist University have won the championship and the audiences' award in this year's inter-university Business Administration Paper competition, beating more than 100 local teams. The side won with a proposal suggesting a new strategic direction for the Hospital Authority over the next decade.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Growing places turn up heat on colleges

Competition among community colleges for quality students is escalating as the number of programmes available for Form Seven graduates continues to grow.

10 Feb 2007 - 12:00am