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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?

World university rankings: Are they really reliable?


University league tables have attracted a lot of attention nowadays - universities advertise their rankings while government officials highlight the strength of their education systems by making reference to the rankings. However, the general public should not blindly trust the rankings, as they cannot rule out the possibility that some universities may pander to the scoring criteria for better rankings. 

Searching for the right duration of the school day


In Hong Kong and overseas, there have been discussion on the length and format of the school day. What is the rationale behind different ideas and what are the factors to be considered when changing school schedules?     

Policy Address Highlight: Civil Servant Training in Hong Kong


To cope with new challenges facing Hong Kong civil servants, CE Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed her intention to establish a civil servant training institution similar to the Singapore Civil Service College. In this article, the structures, management models and modes of operation between Hong Kong and Singapore would be examined, aiming to provide references for the discussion on civil servant training.

Restructuring vocational education system: Exploring dual pathways to achieve career and educational aspirations


The study on ‘Realising your dreams through vocational education and training (VET)’ suggests ways to enhance the VET system through restructuring its academic pathways and restoring public confidence in VET. Our suggestions aim to help students develop their talents into strengths and reach full potential, thus building a vibrant talent pool to facilitate the city’s overall development.

The birth of a local eSports representative


ESports has been listed as one of the medal events in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. If Hong Kong sends its own team to compete, what will be the selection process of the members, and how can Hong Kong groom its own eSports talent?

New ways out for DSE candidates amid shortage of allied health professionals?


Self-funded degree courses proffering qualifications in occupational titles such as ‘medical laboratory technician’ and ‘occupational therapist’ have attracted more students to enrol in recent years. However, concerns regarding quality of course content, course review procedures, levels of tuition and so on have been raised in parallel. When students are considering embarking on these degree programmes, what exactly should they be cautious of? 

School’s out, but not for parents?


Local research has found that children from low socioeconomic status families fare worse in various aspects pertaining to learning and behavioural issues, mainly due to poor parenting practices. Educating parents on different methods of effective discipline may be helpful in addressing this issue. However, the problem lies in finding appropriate means to help parents of lower income status alter their strategies, as this is often incongruous with parental schedules, given the daily challenges they face in the practice of parenting itself.