Ivy League

Students, not institutions, will improve English classes

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

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 10:34am

Students need a dose of liberalism

Asian parents are obsessed with brand-name universities like Harvard and Yale. But one of America's best-kept secrets in higher education is its many excellent liberal arts colleges.

Asian parents are obsessed with brand-name universities like Harvard and Yale. Just ask Chow Sang Sang boss Gerald Chow King-sing, who spent US$2.2 million unsuccessfully trying to get his two sons into Harvard.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:38am 3 comments

At Harvard, Gerald Chow took tutoring to the extreme

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Photo: AP

Wouldn't you jump at the chance to study at the august John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard? I know I would, at least until I started looking into the calibre of some of its graduates.

24 Oct 2012 - 7:14am 7 comments

Parents warned to check on university place 'consultants'

As global competition for places at top universities intensifies, more parents are seeking help to boost their children's chances, with some tempted to secure places through the back door.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am 1 comment

Brazilian theme packs them in at Ivy Ball

This year's Ivy Ball drew a record number of alumni from American Ivy League colleges and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On Saturday, more than 800 people at the 24th Ivy Ball - the largest gathering of Ivy League graduates in Asia - had a Brazilian 'Carnival at Copacabana' theme party at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Creating level playing field for Asian women

Most people today appreciate the importance of education, but sadly it remains out of reach for millions around the world, especially women.

One person trying to rectify this is Kamal Ahmad, a Harvard-trained lawyer who gave up his profession to set up the Asian University for Women in his native Bangladesh.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Toni

I am going to go university this year. I wanted to choose where I went, but my parents don't want my opinion. What do I do?

Still babied

Dear Overruled

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Toni

I have always dreamed of attending an Ivy League university, and in the past few years have been striving to achieve my goal. But a major obstacle is standing between me and my ambitious wish: my parents.

22 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The intelligent choice

A new school year has just begun. After surviving the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, those attending sixth form are a step closer to being ready for university, thus many have started enrolling in the institution of their choice.

12 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Having a ball, old-school style

Alumni from the eight American Ivy League schools - plus a few peers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Ivy Ball, with a Silk Road theme night at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom on June 21.

11 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

In a League of their own

More than 500 Ivy League schools graduates and guests gathered at the Grand Hyatt Hotel ballroom for their 18th Annual Ivy Ball on June 23. Since this year is the 10th anniversary of the handover, gala organising committee chairman Gallant Nien Jar-ling toasted the continued prosperity of the city before everyone ate from a menu combining Chinese and English cuisines.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A quiet but educated take on diplomacy

For Richard Levin, the bespectacled and soft-spoken president of Yale University who has the look of a composed intellectual, education can be a quiet but effective form of diplomacy.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Foreigners play vital role: Yale chief

Foreign universities have a vital role to play assisting the mainland face up to developmental challenges, the visiting head of a leading US university said this week.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Straight-Ace students

Until recently, the only passport for teens hoping to get into one of the eight prestigious Ivy League universities in the US was a straight-A report card.

But now, students who excel at non-academic pursuits have higher chances than ever of earning a place.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

Collegiate spirit has a ball

Graduates and friends of the prestigious collective of east coast American universities known as the Ivy League - Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale - gathered at the Grand Hyatt ballroom on July 29 for their annual Ivy Ball.

18 Aug 2006 - 12:00am