Industrial Inhabitants

Hong Kong has some 1,400 industrial buildings which are illegal to live in. Despite the violation of law and safety concerns, many still choose to live there because of the unaffordable housing prices elsewhere.

Periscope November 2018 – The Education Dilemma

Hong Kong's education system has been surrounded by controversies over the past decade. These controversies include Moral and National education, the Territory-wide System Assessment...

The Problem Behind the University Admission System

Academics voice concern over fairness and social mobility, as the number of non-JUPAS students admitted to prestigious programmes is on the rise.

Divide and School

More and more elite schools are transformed into Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools which charge expensive tuition fees. Academics and educators express worry over grassroots students’ access to quality education which will affect their social mobility in the long run.

Periscope April 2018 – Turbulence Ahead?

Hong Kong's status as a regional and international aviation centre and hub has long been a source of pride to the city's residents. But...

Getting on the flight path

Hong Kong's status as an aviation centre is enshrined in the Basic Law, but over the years, aviation education and training have lagged behind, exacerbating a labour shortage problem. With a huge expected increase in demand for manpower after the third runway is built, what's being done to catch up?

Cabin Crew Blues

As airlines cut costs in the face of the fierce competition, front-line staff have to put up with heavier workloads and frustrated customers. We talk to flight attendants and ground-handling workers about their working conditions.

How Hong Kong lost its crown

The Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opened to great fanfare in 1997 and topped world rankings for a number of years. But it lost its crown in 2011 with staff shortages and the saturation of facilities cited as some of the reasons for the decline.

Periscope March 2018 – Made in Hong Kong Redux

In this issue of Periscope we look at three sectors that used to be known for their 'home-grown' productivity but have declined since their former heydays - agriculture, industry and film. These sectors are supposedly undergoing revivals but we ask if this is really the case and explore the challenges facing revitalisation.

Back on the Farm

In a bid to help promote local agriculture, the government announced a New Agricultural Policy in 2016 and plans to establish a new Agriculture Park in the North District a year later. But local farmers tell Varsity they are not convinced the new policies, which stress intensive farming and new technology, will help them.