Education news

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 November, 2014, 10:30am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 November, 2014, 10:30am

Harbour School second best

The Harbour School in Kennedy Town has been named runner-up in the 21st Century Learning International's school of the year award.  

The award, which is in its second year, received submissions from schools in more than 15 countries.

Technology at the school enables students to create their own musical compositions and design their own apps and games. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and multiple iPads, and students have their own laptop from the third year.

The award will be presented at the 21st Century Learning International conference in Hong Kong from December 11 to 13.

Better deal for US students

The US Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities.

Under new regulations effective from next July, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 per cent of discretionary income or 8 per cent of total earnings.

This is lower than the current threshold of 30 per cent of discretionary income and 12 per cent of total earnings.

The US for-profit education sector has faced tougher regulations since a series of government investigations in 2010 revealed high student debt, low graduation rates, and poor job prospects for graduates.

More foreign exchange

Chinese University and Canada's University of Toronto have signed an addendum to their memorandum of understanding to promote exchange on integrative medicine through medical placements for students.

From the next academic year until 2017, two to five undergraduate students either from Chinese medicine, medicine, or pharmacy, at Chinese University's faculty of medicine will be shortlisted for a placement at the Centre for Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Scarborough Hospital, for four to eight weeks, or five to 10 weeks. Students will also be able to take medical electives at Toronto to gain further knowledge in research and clinical skills.