Posts Tagged ‘students’
With a surge in the number of PhD graduates and scarce job opportunities in academia, local PhD graduates are finding it harder to find research and teaching jobs in universities. Varsity hears how they can often be at a disadvantage to holders of overseas doctorates.
More than a month after police teargas at protesters and tens of thousands of people took part in the occupation of areas in Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, the number of occupiers has fallen but many are still holding out to express their demand for what they see as true universal suffrage. Hong Kong’s democratic journey did not begin with the Occupy Movement and it is unlikely to end once the occupiers have left the streets. Varsity asks how that journey will proceed after Occupy.
When students in Taiwan occupied the Legislative Yuan – in what became known as the Sunflower Movement – earlier this year to protest against a proposed trade pact with the Mainland, “Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow Taiwan” was a common refrain. Varsity looks at the lessons and insights that activists in the two places gain from looking at developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Since 2009, Hong Kong students have been able to enjoy a fast-track to study at selected mainland universities. Now, the trend of Hong Kong youngsters seeking further education in the Mainland has been given another boost – in the form of cash allowances. As Varsity finds out, critics question what kind of education young Hong Kongers will receive in the Mainland and whether it is a good use of resources?
The traditional view of sex education in schools focuses on avoiding unplanned pregnancies and abstinence. But many young people, educators, public health experts and social workers increasingly believe it should also cover topics such as safe sex, sexuality, sexual orientation and self-esteem. Ironically the flexibility given to schools on how the teach sex education may be a hindrance to an open discussion of these issues.
Some Hong Kong parents pay high school fees to let their children have an international education in the city’s international schools but at one government-aided primary school in Mid-levels, local and expatriate pupils learn with and from each other in a setting that mixes local and international elements. Varsity meets and teachers and children of this multicultural school.
Today’s young people have grown up in a digital age and are just as likely to read online articles as books. They’re often accused of not reading enough or at all. Is this accusation fair? Varsity explores and conducts a reading habits survey of our own.
Varsity surveyed more than 260 secondary school and university students to find out about their reading habits. Read the full results here.
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.
As more and more schools teach Chinese in Putonghua, teachers, parents and students tell Varsity whether they think it’s a better way to learn.