A dose of humanities for medical students

HKU medical students practise role play. Photo: Paul Yeung

Since enrolling in the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) medical school five years ago, Lydia Kwong Lee-ting has studied diligently to acquire the knowledge and technical skills to become a good doctor.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 10:32am

Six Politburo Standing Committee members are not technocrats

The Communist Party of China's new Politburo Standing Committee.

In a noticeable break from the past two decades of Communist Party leadership, dominated by technocrats, six of the seven members of the new Politburo Standing Committee, the party's top decision-making body, trained in social sciences and the humanities.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:55am

Legal website to educate youth

To give young people a better understanding of the law and help them become responsible citizens, the University of Hong Kong's Law and Technology Centre has launched a legal information website (

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rights advocates are keen to see draft changes to law

The National People's Congress passes some of the country's most important laws during its annual session. This year the focus will be on the third draft of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL), arguably the mainland's foremost legislation protecting human rights.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

More transparency urged from courts

Most government departments have become more transparent through disclosures online in the past three years, but the courts need to do more, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said in a report released yesterday.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Culture of secrecy that dirties mainland's name

Despite Beijing's commitment to greater openness and accountability on the issue of pollution, and in the face of mounting demands from the public, little headway has been made on government transparency, particularly at local levels.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Thanks, Henry, we couldn't ask for a better tomorrow

It can now be exclusively revealed that members of the Hong Kong Association of Satirists were summoned to an emergency meeting last month, after an unseemly outbreak of panic among the organisation's directors who got it into their heads that Henry Tang Ying-yen would fail to be 'elected' as the next chief executive.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New property law deserves support

The way in which property is sold and marketed has long been a matter of public concern in Hong Kong. The marketing of properties is not regulated, unlike that for other commodities and services. The absence of statutory protection has sometimes left homebuyers short-changed by unscrupulous developers. Examples are aplenty. For instance, flats are found to be not as big as claimed.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Real estate law the right answer

In Hong Kong, home ownership remains a distant goal for many. With land scarce and property prices high, most people still live in public housing or rent units in the private market. Those seeking to buy a flat often have to empty years of savings for the down payment for a tiny few rooms; then for years they spend up to half of their income to pay off the mortgage.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Rules on flat sales are important

Hong Kong people invest in the property and stock markets for future security and prosperity. Sentiment in one market is reflected in the other. They have a legitimate expectation that transparency and ethical codes of conduct apply to both markets. This is far from the case in practice.

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Literature Ideas You Really Need to Know by John Sutherland Quercus Publishing (e-book)

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Punish officials who flout the law

No one is above the law in Hong Kong. Nor should anyone think he or she has such a right. But the controversy over illegal structures has revealed the extent to which this particular law has been abused. Public figures including senior officials, tycoons and lawmakers have been found culpable.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing reneges on pledges to open to public scrutiny

Beijing has yet to show serious commitment to promises it made three years ago to promote greater government transparency and public scrutiny, despite mounting public calls and widespread pollution scandals.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Arts should not miss out in funding shake-up

Whenever the Hong Kong government plans to change university funding, unease ripples through the ranks of arts and humanities academics. They have good reason to worry. As with elsewhere in the world - and perhaps more so here - their disciplines are given short shrift next to those of science and business.

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Call to scrutinise statutory bodies before passing competition bill

The government should scrutinise statutory bodies before exempting them from a bill to promote competition, the Law Society says. Among the city's 500-plus statutory bodies are universities, Ocean Park, the Airport Authority, Trade Development Council and the Science and Technology Parks Corporation.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am