University Degree

Looming surplus of university places offers chance to target inequality

Michelle Li Mei-sheung, deputy secretary for higher education in the Education Bureau. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong is heading for the unfamiliar position of having more university places than it knows what to do with. Within three years, education authorities say, we will have 1,200 more places than the number of students expected to meet entry requirements. This compares with an expected shortage of 5,000 places in the coming academic year.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 1:52am 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

HKU grants windsurfer Hayley Chan time to practice for Rio Games

Hayley Chan Hei-man

The 22-year-old was first admitted to the arts faculty of the University of Hong Kong in 2010, but she was given a sabbatical to prepare for the 2012 Summer Games in London. Students are usually only granted a maximum two-year extension to complete a three-year degree, meaning she would have had until 2015 to finish her studies.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Scholarships for overseas study are an investment in Hong Kong

Widen the horizons of our brightest, and we'll profit too. Photo: NYT

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

Inquiring mind urged of students

A thoroughly inquisitive mind is essential for students aspiring to enter top universities, says Paul Langman, vice-principal and academic director of private British school Bellerbys College.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am

Parents warned to check on university place 'consultants'

As global competition for places at top universities intensifies, more parents are seeking help to boost their children's chances, with some tempted to secure places through the back door.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am 1 comment

The changing face of higher education

The changing face of higher education

The recent report of a Hong Kong couple transferring US$2 million to a so-called educational consultant in an attempt to get their children into Harvard might inspire bemusement or schadenfreude but also perhaps some rueful understanding from Asian parents for whom an elite foreign university education is considered a highly desirable addition to their children's pedigree.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am

Online degrees blossom in Asia, attracting students around the world

Online university education is expanding quickly in Asia, propelled by technological growth and a deep reverence for education. Photo: AFP

Thousands of kilometres from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype.

A government worker, Ndongfack could not find the design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is paying a foreign institution about US$10,000 for the degree instead.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:40am

New secondary curriculum failing to achieve its goals

There has been much heated debate regarding Hong Kong's new secondary school curriculum.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:33am

Students should not be losing out because of exam revamp

Securing a university place remains the top priority for Hong Kong students. They are trained to sit through a series of highly competitive examinations to enter the institution they prefer. When the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) was introduced to replace the two-tier exam as part of the academic structure revamp, hopes were high that it would ease pressure on the students.

27 Aug 2012 - 4:53am

University places offered to 14,800 Hong Kong students

Student activist Tommy Cheung will study political science. Photo: Edmond So

Tommy Cheung Sau-yin did not allow himself a holiday yesterday even though he had reasons to celebrate - the 18-year-old Form Six student had been admitted to Chinese University's political science department, his top choice.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am