The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century

The Great Survivors: How Monarchy Made it into the Twenty-First Century by Peter Conradi Alma Books

Not another book about royals, I hear you say. Yet this one is different.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Women lag behind men in making it to senior rank of tenured professor

Su-Mei Thompson and Lisa Moore have drawn attention to the hurdles that women face on the Hong Kong academic career ladder in their article ('Study in bias', May 25).

This is a subject I feel strongly about as an academic at the University of Hong Kong for more than 30 years, and as a mother of three.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Skipper tells of escape from sinking race yacht

A skipper yesterday told how he and his crew dramatically escaped from their sinking boat during the Taiwan Strait Race organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

Leon Chan and his 10 crew were brought to safety after floating on two life rafts for about 90 minutes in the early hours of Sunday.

'Everybody was calm,' he said. 'They all knew what they had to do.'

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Too much spending has distorted our education system

'We are in a competitive society and it is getting more competitive, and that is shaping our education system,' said [comparative education professor Mark] Bray.

SCMP, May 19

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I understand if they get upset because we are beating them up quite often in the film

Actor Saif Ali Khan, the Indian James Bond, on his film being banned in Pakistan

Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can't wait to share what I'm seeing w/ you

Film director James Cameron's tweet from the Mariana trench, 11km below sea level

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Young stars aim to empower district seats

Au Nok-hin, Lo Kin-hei and Ben Chung Kam-lun have a lot in common: they are pan-democrats in their twenties who won seats in this month's district council elections.

The trio also shares the same political vision of their district councillor posts as life-long, full-time careers, instead of as traditional stepping stones to the city's legislature.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

For those leaving high school, the issue of personal freedom is undoubtedly a big factor when deciding whether to go to work or embark on a university education.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Motivation and ability, not age, should dictate when a professor retires

A mandatory retirement age is a contentious issue. On the one hand, the imposition of a retirement age of 60 may appear to be out of place in an era when people enjoy greater longevity than ever.

On the other hand, those people who have stressful occupations, such as high-ranking executives, should retire at that age because of the taxing nature of their jobs.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Inspirational university teachers to vie for HK$500,000 award

University teachers who are considered an inspiration to their students have the chance to win an award worth HK$500,000 under a scheme that will be launched in September.

The University Grants Committee Teaching Award will be open to the eight publicly funded universities, which will put forward two nominees each year.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A few words for our student ambassadors

More than half of the business undergraduates from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Science and Technology now study abroad for a semester or more in exchange programmes, at places such as McGill University in Canada, Carnegie Mellon in the US, Lund University in Sweden and Britain's University of Manchester.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hunt starts for next chief to head arts hub

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority yesterday launched a global job hunt for a new chief executive, two weeks after Graham Sheffield abruptly quit for health reasons.

The authority will wait until a new chief executive is appointed before deciding whether to appoint a deputy to share the workload.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Bring out the teachers in college professors

What does Hong Kong expect of its thousands of professors?

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

University hires must give value for money

As Hong Kong aspires to become 'Asia's World City', the quality of our universities and their faculties and students should be a key element in that. So the willingness of those institutions to pay as much as HK$200,000 a month to lure the world's top professors, on the face of it, should be welcomed.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In last week's 'The Insider' column, Teo Tiou Seng was identified as the chief executive of Singamas Container Holdings. He is actually an executive director of the company.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Appointees more likely to receive honours

Appointed district councillors are more likely to receive government honours than their elected peers despite a lower rate of participation in council work, a study has found.

The observation was made by New Forum, a government-friendly political group, which concluded that appointed seats on district councils should be phased out.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am