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Schwarzman scholarships can help to improve Sino-US trust

Ties between America and Europe fostered global stability and prosperity in the 20th century. Those between China, America and the rest of the world are key to hopes for the 21st century.

Tuesday, 30 April, 2013, 5:35am

Hong Kong tops the class in confused policymaking

In Hong Kong's more recent history, there is no better illustration of bureaucratic myopia and confusion of policy objectives than the government's proposal, announced by the financial secretary in his budget speech in February, to inject HK$480 million into the Government Scholarship Fund to enable outstanding students to pursue degree or teacher-training programmes in prestigious overseas universities, on condition that they come back to teach for at least two years.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Overseas teaching scholarship scheme not such a bright idea

The recent budget contained a provision of HK$480 million a year to send 20 bright Hong Kong students overseas to study early childhood education or English. On the surface, this may seem like an initiative that will make teaching an attractive option for the smartest of Hong Kong's secondary students but is this really the message that will be sent to the community?

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 9, 2013

My father is a dementia patient who cannot recognise people or his surroundings. As we never let him hold any cash or an Octopus card, we have discovered a disturbing fact; Hong Kong's public transport system allows people without the ability to care for themselves to travel long distances without paying fares.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 1 comment

Budget short of smart ideas

As an alumni of the University of Melbourne, I recently received a message from its vice-chancellor, Professor Glyn Davies, about something called "A smarter Australia" that is very relevant to Hong Kong. This major initiative by Australian universities recognises their key role in the nation's future prosperity, and calls for community support to persuade the federal government to invest in higher education.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am 2 comments

Budget got it wrong on education

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

New scholarships meant for students eyeing teaching, Eddie Ng says

A new HK$480 million initiative to sponsor top students in their overseas studies is aimed at applicants with an eye to a teaching career, the education chief says. Those who intended to read English or early childhood education would get priority in the selection, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:58am 2 comments

Scholarships for overseas study are an investment in Hong Kong

Whereas local universities are heavily subsidised, an overseas education is cost-prohibitive to most middle-class families. There are only a handful of scholarships that allow outstanding students to pursue degrees abroad. Even though a number of US universities now include international students in their need-blind admissions policy, most have limited financial aid for non-citizens.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

Chinese International School extends scholarships to outsiders

Up to four students whose parents can't afford the tuition fees of an international school will get a chance to study at Chinese International School (CIS) starting from next year, thanks to the school's first scholarship programme.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:14pm

Scholarships open doors to winners

A record 12 people received bachelor of laws (LLB) admission scholarships this year, says Surya Deva, associate professor at City University and leader of the LLB programme.

'Our programme attracts quality applicants and gives them recognition. While there were only six awardees in 2009, the number doubled this year,' he says.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am