University and College Admissions

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.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 9:54am 1 comment

Education must be a prime focus for Hong Kong

Professor Esther Ho Sui-chu

Given that higher education is important to Hong Kong's future competitiveness, the expectations of the city's 15-year-olds give cause for concern. According to figures compiled by Chinese University academics from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009, only 47.2 per cent thought they would complete a university education.

29 Apr 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

On the paper chase

Many parents hope to give their children Ivy League or Oxbridge educations. For some, such as Karen Leung, nothing else would do. A chartered accountant, Leung was far more upset than her son was when his teachers at Island School said that his academic record didn't look strong enough to get him admitted into the law faculty at Oxford.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ice guys strive to finish first

His best articles in the school magazine, years of playing clarinet, a stint as vice-head prefect ... the list goes on. When Lloyd Chan Long-yu submitted his university applications in December, he included a portfolio featuring his extra-curricular accomplishments.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Warp speed

Is it unforgiveable, not to mention fraudulent, for students to hire ghostwriters to write undergraduate essays? It is. But, then again, so is the multibillion-dollar college admissions industry that helps students get to universities, which many are probably underqualified to attend. And what about the tutoring industry that helps students with homework?

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Unfair admission system hurts Asian applicants

A discriminatory quota at many US universities against Asians has long been an unspoken practice.

Now a newspaper article has brought the issue out into the open.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Diploma gains assent

Pupils preparing for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education can breathe a sigh of relief at growing international recognition for the new exam.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Not much joy for online job hunters

Online recruitment is very popular among companies on the mainland, including top corporations such as P&G, the big four accounting firms, and e-commerce group Alibaba. But a lot of university students think the internet is not the best way to find a job.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Diplomas pave road of reform

Hong Kong has embarked on the most ambitious education reform programme in its history - ditching the high-stakes A-level exam for a broad-based diploma.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hong Kong diploma recognised in Canada

Hong Kong's new diploma for secondary school leavers has won the recognition of universities in Ontario after a promotional trip to the Canadian province by education officials.

Canadian recognition for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, which comes into effect in 2012, followed approval by the United States, Britain and Australia.

13 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

ESF hails success in switch to IB diploma

Leaders of the English Schools Foundation are hailing its switch to the International Baccalaureate Diploma a success after nearly two-thirds of the first group of pupils scored 30 points or more in the new exam.

1 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Fewer try for college as career fears grow

University degrees are losing allure on the mainland because of graduates' gloomy job prospects. The number of college applicants in some regions has dropped significantly.

The Ministry of Education earlier estimated that the number of college applicants would remain above 10 million this year - roughly the same as last year.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Increase in applicants choosing medical studies

More top students have opted for medicine in the Early Admission Scheme this year, statistics show. Chinese University said 158 students put medical studies as their first choice, while University of Hong Kong recorded 124 - an increase of 40 and 20 applicants on last year, respectively.

7 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Institute an answer to testing questions

Students planning to study in the United States must first pass an English language test to assess their standards.

The Princeton Review Hong Kong helps students to prepare for these exams. Associate director Benedict Yeung answers questions about its services.

30 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Overseas universities must do more than check IELTS scores

Concern has recently been expressed over problems faced by overseas students taking up studies in English-speaking countries, whose level of English may not be strong enough to enable them to succeed. Chinese students struggling at British universities have been specially mentioned.

5 Apr 2008 - 12:00am