Archive for April, 2012

April 2012 – Hong Kong’s Ailing Health System

April 2012 – Hong Kong’s Ailing Health System

Hong Kong has one of the better public health systems in the world but the system is groaning under the challenge of an aging population, spiralling costs and rising expectations. In this issue of Periscope we look at some of the problems facing the public health system: As many elderly people rely on the out-patient […]

Health Care in Trouble

Health Care in Trouble

Hongkongers are lucky to have one of the more equitable public health systems in the world. We enjoy relatively low-cost, high-quality care. Our hospitals employ some of the most advanced technology and our medical professionals are well-trained. But health systems experts have long warned that Hong Kong’s reliance on hospital-based services is out of date […]

Alternative Paths to Universities

Alternative Paths to Universities

Associate Degrees were introduced in 2000 to provide more opportunities for students to pursue tertiary education if they failed to get onto a traditional undergraduate programme. They were supposed to lead to either jobs or to eventual entry into a university degree course. Varsity looks at whether they have fulfilled their promise.

Temples Get a Makeover

Temples Get a Makeover

Some of Hong Kong’s temples have swapped dark smoky interiors for clean marble, LED lights and airy glass walls. They want to provide a tranquil setting for spiritual reflection but devotees seem to have mixed feelings about worship in these modern shrines.

Switch on Your INDIE Channel

Switch on Your INDIE Channel

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Nurses Flee Public System

Nurses Flee Public System

Overworked and underpaid – that’s how many nurses in Hong Kong’s public hospitals feel and they are leaving the public sector and even the profession in high numbers. So far, Hospital Authority efforts to stem the exodus don’t seem to be working. Varsity looks at the underlying reasons behind Hong Kong’s nursing shortage.

Overseas Physicians Best Medicine for Doctors’s Shortage?

Overseas Physicians Best Medicine for Doctors’s Shortage?

Plans to allow overseas-qualified doctors to work in Hong Kong’s public hospitals under a limited registration system have come under fire from local doctors’ groups who say the scheme could affect the quality of medical care provided. The critics are unhappy doctors under the scheme will be exempted from taking a licensing exam.

The Show Carries On

The Show Carries On

As a boy, Sam Wu dreamed of being a DJ, a singer, maybe a journalist. He wanted a stage, he wanted to perform but he became a teacher instead. Three years ago Wu was briefly famous after winning the Amazing Race Asia. Out of the limelight, Wu continues to teach and, as he tells Varsity, he realises he has found his stage after all.

Sensing Cinema

Sensing Cinema

Cinema is an experience of sound and vision but that doesn’t mean the blind and deaf can’t enjoy it too. As Varsity learns, audio descriptions can bring the cinema-going experience alive for the blind. While subtitles that go beyond dialogue to descriptions of other sounds in a film enrich cinema for the deaf.

Tailor-made Treats

Tailor-made Treats

Treat yourself to samples of the latest beauty products, customised to your tastes and delivered to your door.