Higher Education

One rule won't fit all

With the four-year university education system just round the corner, the University Grants Committee's proposed funding scheme - to be introduced in 2012 - appears to be flawed.

Thursday, 23 September, 2010, 12:00am

Encouraging the creative process

Form Five school leavers not only have a full range of courses offered by local institutions to choose from, but they can also opt for private colleges that offer an international education.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Australia in A$5.3b boost

The Australian tertiary education sector has welcomed the federal government's decision to provide an extra 50,000 university places and significantly boost research funding.

This week's federal budget allocated A$5.3 billion (HK$31.5 billion) to tertiary education, research and innovation over the next six years.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

EU chiefs urge university investment

University chiefs have called on European governments to invest in universities during the global financial crisis and use them as a 'motor' for economic recovery.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Australia fears crisis will affect overseas students

Australian universities are particularly vulnerable to the global financial crisis because of their heavy reliance on fees from international students, a Melbourne academic has said.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Frustration voiced over poor state of higher education

Chaotic debates among political advisers and legislators over the state of mainland education underscored heightened public discontent over a system that has been dogged by a shortage of funds, reckless university expansion, an alarming decline in overall quality and inequity in access to quality education.

13 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

Debate over 'cash cows' simmers Down Under

Across the English-speaking world, university lecturers face continuing problems of foreign students who struggle to cope with the academic demands of the language.

Critics in Britain, the US and Australia complain that foreign students are being allowed to enrol without adequate preparation simply because they bring much-needed revenue to cash-strapped institutions.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Settling in Australia a priority for students

Two-thirds of foreign students studying for degrees in Australia plan to remain in the country after graduating, a new survey has revealed.

The survey found that only 26 per cent of international students intended to return to their own homes, while fewer that one in 10 planned on living in another country.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Postgraduate degrees for the busy executive

High-ranking college offers a range of options and venues for business leaders who are serious about staying ahead of the pack

Hong Kong's competitive business market is leading to a growing number of professionals enrolling in postgraduate courses to hone their competencies and develop new skills.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Cadres banned from taking up social posts

The northeastern province of Liaoning has banned cadres from taking up leading posts in social organisations, including various trade associations, in an attempt to streamline the much-criticised government bureaucracy.

The move follows approval of a massive central government restructuring plan at the recent annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

New initiatives will better equip business graduates

Tertiary institutions continue to introduce China-related business courses to equip Hong Kong students with the skills to work effectively with their mainland counterparts. But fluency in Putonghua and an understanding of business culture in the mainland is difficult to teach in the classroom.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Warning on overseas 'cash cows'

Australian academics fear that inadequate spending on higher education by the new Labor government could threaten the nation's A$11 billion (HK$75.86 billion) export education industry.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, more than 140 senior academics called on the government to reduce universities' dependence on overseas full-fee students.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Nurturing worldwide business leaders

Most management education focuses on ideas and concepts that help businesspeople stay one step ahead of challenges and the competition.

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC) believes that a global perspective is an element gaining in importance.

15 Dec 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