Too Many International School Places

It is a misconception that Hong Kong doesn’t have enough international school places. In fact, there are too many, says Ruth Benny from Top Schools.
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Too Bright at Night

Residents and district councillors from areas most affected by light pollution tell Varsity that the voluntary Charter on External Lighting implemented in 2016 is not doing much to ease the problem.
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Trash or Treasure?

Environmentalists who have lost faith in the government's recycling system have come up with their own solution - setting up community resources sharing centres, where people can pass on items they no longer use to other people.

Other Ways to Learn

Many Hong Kong parents believe that giving their kids the best start in life means pushing them to study more and to learn earlier. However, some parents are adopting other learning approaches. Varsity chats with these parents and their children’s teachers to learn about their reasons for pursuing ‘unconventional’ pre-school education.

Should Buskers be Licensed and Regulated?

Street performers tell Varsity about their thoughts on the current schemes regulating buskers in Hong Kong - would a licensing system help, or would it impose too many limitations?

Where Will They Go? To Kwa Wan’s Ethnic Minorities, Repair Shops and Workshops

Redevelopment in To Kwa Wan is affecting many of its residents, including ethnic minorities and small shop owners. Varsity chats with these communities to see how they feel about the changes. Our map feature also show the various areas that are affected by redevelopment.

A Blow to Social Enterprises

There are an increasing number of social enterprises in Hong Kong, but a new tender system for rental contracts has made it harder than ever for social enterprises to compete.

Enclaves – the Struggle over Development

The struggle between development and conservation is being played out in some of Hong Kong's most scenic and ecologically valuable spots - in ecological buffer zones called enclaves. These are plots of private land located inside country parks but excluded from their boundaries. We explain what enclaves are, how they came into being and take a look at some of the controversies surrounding their use.

Why It’s So Hard to Train Guide Dogs in Hong Kong

There are fewer than 40 serving guide dogs in the city, or around one guide dog for every 4,300 visually impaired people; the International Guide Dog Federation says ideally there should be one guide dog for every 100. It's hard to train more partly because existing laws and regulations only acknowledge the use of guide dogs for the visually impaired, not the trainers.

A Retirement Protection Plan for All?

The Hong Kong government is defining the debate over a universal pension as one of the elderly against the young. We asked elderly and young Hongkongers to weigh in.
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