China students return to take care of business More than 580,000 mainland students went abroad to pursue advanced studies since 1978 and 150,000 had returned home, it was revealed at a forum on mission and development opportunities of overseas Chinese students held in Beijing. The students had been returning at an annual rate of 13 per cent and had started more than 5,000 businesses with an annual output value of more than 10 billion yuan (HK$9.2 billion). Polytechnic joins pact on transfer of credits Ten continuing education providers, including the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, Polytechnic University's School of Professional Education and Executive Development, Hong Kong Management Association and the Macau Polytechnic Institute, have signed a five-year collaborative agreement on credit transfer. Students with the credits will be eligible for sub-degree or degree qualification from PolyU. Youth groups body sets up pearl river study trip The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups is organising a study trip on commercial and industrial development in the Pearl River Delta for tertiary students between December 18 and 20. The cost is $650 per person. Applicants are required to submit a 300-word article on delta employment. Call 2169 0255. Multimedia course links with ulster university Hong Kong College of Technology International will offer a new bachelor's programme in interactive multimedia design with the University of Ulster next January. The two-year programme covers theories in innovation, design and multimedia. Applicants are required to have a high-diploma or associate degree in design or multimedia, or work experience in the field. Reimbursement is available. Call 2711 9202 or visit www.hkct.edu.hk New york 'oscar' winner City University master of fine arts student Caroline Hu has won the best experimental award in the sixth New York University International Student Film Festival. More than 100 short films from about 50 film schools around the world were screened at the biannual event.