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Hong Kong education news, including enrolment, schools and university study.
  1. Pro-Beijing businesswoman Annie Wu Suk-ching has blasted the “out of touch” Education Bureau, accusing officials of failing to promote national pride in Hong Kong schools and the Chinese identities of its young people.The daughter of the founder of Maxim’s – whose restaurants have been repeatedly smashed up by the city’s hard-core protesters – also hit out at the parents of young children who refused to instil patriotism in their offspring and did not bring them up “correctly”.Wu is founder and…
  2. Chinese University president Rocky Tuan Sung-chi, who spent days in hospital after being tear-gassed while mediating between protesters and police officers on campus, has recovered and returned to work.In an open letter to students and university staff on Tuesday, Tuan also apologised for the disruption to their work and studies after they were forced to leave the campus during a week-long occupation by protesters earlier in November.The five-day occupation started on November 11, when…
  3. Students from mainland China have edged out those from Singapore to take the top spot in a global benchmarking test, according to results announced on Tuesday.The latest edition of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) survey, conducted last year, assessed the performance of 15-year-olds from 79 education systems around the world in science, mathematics and reading.Singapore’s US$200k starter salaries: why education pays the priceStudents from the four participating cities…
  4. The US$6 trillion global education market is full of investment opportunities because the industry’s low rate of digitalisation makes it ripe for disruption, while a shortage of academic resources create potential for growth, said Credit Suisse. “Education is one of the few sectors which has been very traditional, which means it is currently at a very low level of digital disruption, much more so than other industries,” said Credit Suisse’s Kirill Pyshkin, who manages a thematic fund of more…
  5. City University of Hong Kong has revealed that the bill to fix facilities damaged after radical protesters vandalised many parts of its campus this month will run to hundreds of millions of dollars.It became the first of six universities which were damaged during recent anti-government protests to provide an estimate in a public statement, saying on Saturday repairs and restoration of facilities would cost a nine-digit figure.That came as top government officials said universities which faced…
  6. Hong Kong’s education minister has said universities need to improve their management and consider restricting entry following the occupation of campuses by protesters over the past few weeks, while admitting that he is ultimately responsible for the sector.Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung made the comments on Saturday, a day after police ended a 13-day siege of Polytechnic University, which had been occupied by more than 1,000 protesters, including radicals who had thrown petrol…
  7. Seven-year-old Hysan is heading home, holding hands with his mother, when he sees more than a dozen riot police guarding Tin Hau MTR station on Hong Kong Island. Crowds are gathering in Victoria Park, just a few metres away, while warnings that some stations will be closing soon are blaring from speakers throughout the station.This has become a common sight at weekends in Hong Kong. The city has been roiled by nearly six months of unrest, sparked by an extradition bill that was later withdrawn …
  8. The top three universities in Hong Kong have slipped down a league table in Asia, but researchers said the decline was probably not related to the protests gripping the city.The rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) were released on Wednesday after Hong Kong campuses emerged as new battlegrounds for violent clashes between radical protesters and police, following months of anti-government unrest sparked by the now-withdrawn extradition bill.The campus chaos has led to an exodus of students from…
  9. Officials have pulled HK$250 million (US$32 million) in funding proposals for medical teaching facilities at two of Hong Kong’s top universities after pro-Beijing lawmakers expressed dismay over management’s handling of protests on their campuses, the Post has learned.The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau wrote to lawmakers on Tuesday that it had decided to withdraw the funding requests for two projects at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University, saying that some Legislative…
  10. Baptist University president Roland Chin Tai-hong announced on Tuesday he would step down after his five-year tenure ends next August but stressed his decision had nothing to do with Hong Kong’s ongoing protest crisis that has placed varsity dons under pressure and turned campuses into battlegrounds.Chin, 68, revealed his decision to not opt for a second term in a letter to students, staff and alumni, explaining the only reason he had chosen to retire after assuming the position more than four…