We need to hear more, not less, from our intellectuals

In today's China, gong zhi, or "public intellectual", has also become a label that many knowledgeable people try to avoid.

Many of my colleagues and friends know I have two real-life identities - by day I am an editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post, and at weekends I am a student at the University of Hong Kong who hopes to survive a four-year doctoral programme and someday be called Dr. Chen.

Monday, 24 February, 2014, 8:26am 11 comments

Learning Curve: the tyranny of predicted grades

Exam results should be used by universities. Photo: May Tse

As students sit their exams for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE), I am reminded of the hundreds of predicted grades I have given out in my teaching career.

13 May 2013 - 9:54am 1 comment

With our support, the young can learn to meet their challenges

Candidates sit for an exam at a school in Kowloon. Photo: SCMP Pictures

There have been many discussions lately about the plight of Hong Kong's youth and the issues they face.

11 May 2013 - 2:36am

Hong Kong must foster the global campuses of the future

HKUST now sends 35 per cent of each undergraduate cohort off to one of 200 exchange partners during their undergraduate study and aims to reach 50 per cent in three to four years.

The global economy demands employees who can work comfortably together in multinational teams. It is critical that young people possess the tolerance and understanding of different perspectives to actively participate in whatever community they live or work in.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:43am

Too many graduates devalue university, Taiwan warns

Hong Kong education chiefs have been warned to remember the hard lessons learned in Taiwan before rapidly increasing the number of university places.

A senior Taiwan education official described the "side effects" of a quick expansion of availability in tertiary courses over the past century.

19 Mar 2013 - 3:43am

Hong Kong universities ranked highly but lack international students

Local and overseas students learn dancing at Baptist University. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong's elite universities are basking in global recognition. But despite high rankings for outstanding teaching and research, one thing is lacking on the campuses of Asia's "World City" - truly international students.

9 Mar 2013 - 6:22am 1 comment

Lower tuition fees at Hong Kong universities may tempt UK students

The University of Hong Kong. Photo: Sam Tsang

Soaring tuition fees are leading more British students to look abroad and many could be tempted to come to Hong Kong - if they knew what the city's universities had to offer.

That's according to students contemplating coming to the city in the belief that it will work out cheaper than studying at home.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am