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Luring global talent with internship programmes


Traditionally, one of the purposes of an internship is to provide opportunities for talent to gain experience. However, in view of manpower shortage, many overseas companies and governments have introduced student internship programmes to compete for global talent. This article may provide insights into recruitment strategies amid talent war.

The possibility of introducing balanced calendar into Hong Kong schools


November is a long month for Hong Kong students, considering that usually there is no specific general holiday in this month. Will students accept the proposal of shortening their summer break, in exchange for extra holidays during this period of time? For parents who need to take care of their children and arrange activities for them, is the suggestion a good deal?

Quality holds the key to attracting reputable international branch campuses


In recent years, the number of foreign students pursuing higher education in Hong Kong is growing. Some local universities have also been ‘exporting’ their education by setting up campuses in the Mainland. To further develop Hong Kong as a regional education hub, attracting prestigious international institutions to establish branch campuses in Hong Kong is another important key to success, in which it all comes down to delivering quality education.

Lifting racial barriers to early childhood education


To achieve racial equality, it requires persistent effort. However, the former support measures for non-Chinese speaking students in kindergartens were impermanent and relatively ineffective. Will the newly launched ‘Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme’ rectify the situation?

Let’s keep learning!


To encourage employees to pursue life-long education, some employers have introduced paid training leave. As flexible work arrangements are increasingly common, non-full-time workers may not be able to benefit from this measure. Can public policy help address this problem?

Battle of the self-financing institutions


Students consider brand image and reputation as important factors when selecting self-financing institutions, according to a local research. Therefore, self-financing institutions affiliated with public-funded institutions tend to be at an advantage. Does this phenomenon indicate that self-financing institutions with a shorter history are losing their competitive edge at the starting line?

The future of self-financing institutions: Associate’s vs. Bachelor’s Degree


Self-financing programmes in Hong Kong have been evolving to adapt to the changing needs in the past decade. While the Government has recently set up a task force to review the roles and functions of the self-financing post-secondary institutions, perhaps it is the right time to examine the future positioning of these institutions.

How can VPET help facilitate the Belt and Road Initiative?


One of Hong Kong’s roles in the Belt and Road Initiative is to share the extensive knowledge in transport infrastructure and services with countries along the new Silk Road. To seize the opportunities arising from the Initiative, Hong Kong may consider encouraging local vocational and professional education and training (VPET) graduates to explore career prospects in the Mainland, while attracting Mainland youngsters to come to Hong Kong and pursue VPET regarding the infrastructure project.

Crowdfunding, an alternative research fund?


In Hong Kong, government subventions and grants account for half of total revenues of UGC-funded universities, while the remaining half of income is generated through tuition fees, contract research, etc. In recent years, some overseas universities are turning to alternative income sources such as bond-issuing and crowdfunding. Is this a suitable model for local universities?