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Continuing-ed colleges 'need more oversight'

The private arms of government-funded universities should face more supervision to prevent potential misuse of tuition income, legislators say.

Saturday, 21 April, 2012, 12:00am

Degrees of diversity

A year ago, I wrote in this column that 'as Hong Kong aspires to be a regional education hub, we should rethink the essence of university education and ask: what kind of excellence do we want to groom?'

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Scramble for university places

Universities face an uphill task to vet applications for next year in time as the largest number of students yet vie for tertiary places in Hong Kong.

Nearly 120,000 students are expected to apply for university places next year - up from about 40,000 - as the old and new secondary school syllabuses cross over.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The folly of promoting 'private' universities

Can education services be 'commercialised' and turned into a self-sustaining money-spinner? Our chief executive and some of our city's top educators apparently think so, or they would not have pushed education as one of the six new 'industries' slated to function as a new locomotive of growth.

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Help for debt-ridden universities pledged

The central government has promised to bail out the mainland's universities as they struggle with mounting debt from overborrowing in the late 1990s to fund rapid expansion.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing urged to increase funding for universities

Outspoken Renmin University president Ji Baocheng has called on the central government to inject more money into the higher education system to bring down soaring tuition fees for mainland university students.

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Safety net for 2,000 forsaken students

The collapse of two large private education institutions in Australia would once have cost their 2,000 foreign and Australian students tens of thousands of dollars in unrecoverable tuition fees.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Backing grows for private share of foreign market

The Australian government is giving increasing assistance to private institutions to help them participate in the lucrative market for teaching foreign students.

University of Melbourne vice-chancellor elect, Professor Gwyn Davis, said the government was increasingly expecting the private sector to contribute to the delivery of education services.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Poll puts pressure on private schools

Australia's private schools and public universities face a period of unprecedented uncertainty as the nation prepares for next month's federal election.

Prime Minister John Howard's decision this week to call the election for October 9 means vice-chancellors have to curtail many of their preparations for the 2005 academic year.

4 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Plans to profit from a level playing field

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES in China have provided a ray of hope to millions of students over the past two decades. But despite the huge role they play, they are still to win official recognition.

9 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Tuition fees frozen again

Tuition fees for government-funded tertiary institutions are to be frozen next academic year for the fifth consecutive year. Annual fees for degree programmes are $42,100 while fees for sub-degree courses are $31,575.

15 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Budget cuts lead to steep university fee increases in US

Higher education in the US will cost more this autumn because of proposed steep increases in tuition fees colleges and universities across the country.

'It isn't going to be a pretty year,' said Travis Reindl, director of state policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

11 May 2002 - 12:00am

University funding body eyes wider role

The funding agency for all public universities in Hong Kong will review whether it should expand its role to regulate other higher education institutes.

The review will come as part of an overall study of higher education launched by the University Grants Committee.

12 May 2001 - 12:00am

University admissions reviewed

Universities may be allowed to choose their own students in a major shake-up of the admission system.

At the moment there is a joint admission system for all universities in which A-Level results are the most important factor.

28 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Private colleges on the way

The state monopoly on education is about to end, with the central Government drafting laws to allow private tertiary institutions, a senior official said.

6 Jul 1999 - 12:00am