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NYU Shanghai as a study in globalisation

Illustration: Henry Wong

The founding chancellor of New York University Shanghai, Yu Lizhong, likens the joint venture between New York University and East China Normal University to a couple expecting a child.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 2:53pm

Hong Kong universities lack female leadership, says pro-vice chancellor of Chinese University

Fanny Cheung. Photo: David Wong

Women have long broken through the glass ceiling in public life in Hong Kong. No one blinks an eye if the chief secretary for administration or the permanent secretary for education is a woman, and it might not be long before we have our first female chief executive.

20 May 2013 - 11:50am

Plan for French universities to teach in English sparks a war of words

Minister of Higher Education and Research Genevieve Fioraso. Photo: Reuters

Jacques Chirac once stormed out of an EU summit because a French business leader was speaking it, Nicolas Sarkozy lamented his lack of it and Francois Hollande makes small talk in it but is conscious of his accent.

The global spread of the English language has long been a sore point in Paris politics.

Now a new battleground has appeared in the linguistic war.

13 May 2013 - 5:22am

Good marks for Hong Kong in World University Rankings, but history is a fail

Professor Peter Cunich laments limited resources for the University of Hong Kong's history department. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong institutions fared reasonably well in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, being represented in the top 200 in almost all 30 subjects.

13 May 2013 - 9:45am 3 comments

Education News

A majority choosing of DSE graduates chose to enter local schools last year. Photo: SCMP

Eighty-eight per cent of graduates who completed the Diploma of Secondary Education exam last year furthered their studies, with the majority choosing to enter local schools and some 20 per cent going abroad.

6 May 2013 - 10:40am 1 comment

Hong Kong universities raise fees by up to 20pc for non-local students

Professor Chung Yue-ping of Chinese University. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong's eight government-funded universities have raised tuition fees by as much as 20 per cent for non-local students this year, attributing it to inflation and a stronger yuan.

3 May 2013 - 7:43am 2 comments

Non-elite universities are in a bind over red tape, educator warns

Non-elite universities are in a bind over red tape, educator warns

Huang Dekuan, Anhui University's president for a decade before becoming its Communist Party secretary three years ago, is probably more qualified than anyone to comment on the state of higher education on the mainland.

6 Apr 2013 - 3:34am

University rankings may not tell the whole story

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) boasts that "we stand with the top universities in the world" on its website - first in Hong Kong, first in Asia and 23rd in the world, according to one global league table it quotes.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:55am 1 comment

Competition for local university places heats up

The pressure is on for these students studying for the HKDSE exam at a coffee shop in Mong Kok. Photo: Paul Yeung

Only a small fraction of those applying to get into publicly funded universities this autumn will be accepted. And with more local students wanting to stay home to get their degrees rather than study overseas, it's no wonder.

4 Mar 2013 - 10:38am

Universities offer help with public referendums

There was no shortage of people wanting to vote in the mock chief executive election last year. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hongkongers may soon get a chance to make their voices heard on contentious issues like national security legislation and political reform, in a new project from two local universities.

The University of Hong Kong and Polytechnic University have put the call out to any groups or politicians who want to hold a public referendum on a particular topic.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

Loans available to put student homes in industrial buildings

City University of Hong Kong

Universities can apply for government loans to convert industrial buildings into student accommodation as an answer to the expected shortfall of 5,000 hostel places by next year, the education authorities have said.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

How general education can sharpen Hong Kong's edge

In Hong Kong, the ripe seed of general education is being sown. Photo: SCMP

General education, or liberal arts education, is now seen as a key to developing civically responsible and economically productive citizens. Hong Kong universities have recently commenced their new four-year programmes, which place great emphasis on general education, so it's a good time to reflect on how it may enhance the internationalisation of Hong Kong's workforce.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:09am 1 comment

Hall of distinction: The divine trinity

The courtyard at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Students going to Britain or the United States should plan ahead and apply at least a year before. At Cambridge University, the deadline for applications this year is October 15, and applicants will be informed of their results in January.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:10pm

Happy campus

Student Keith Ho (second from left) took advantage of London's proximity to Europe to travel.

At the age of 14, Keith Ho Ho-yin spent his first month at a British boarding school feeling bitterly homesick. Now a final-year chemistry major at University of Bristol, he is settled, has become more independent, and is happy mingling with people from various ethnic backgrounds.

3 Oct 2012 - 3:22pm

Universities wasting power through air-con use, green group says

Universities have been wasting electricity by keeping some parts of campuses at temperatures as low as 18 degrees Celsius, according to an environmental concern group.

Green Sense's investigations recorded that temperature in corridors in the Cheng Yu Tung Tower of the Centennial Campus of the University of Hong Kong.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:04am