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    2 Dec 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Education Policy – Higher Education

    Issue

    • UGC suggests setting up a new body overseeing private tertiary sector

    News Content

    • The University Grant Committee’s new report, Aspirations for the Higher Education System in Hong Kong, states out 40 recommendations. One of it is the setting up of a body similar to UGC to oversee the whole private tertiary sector.
    • UGC chairwomen Laura Cha Shih May-lung said there is not one to oversee it. The new body would be independent of the UGC and be responsible for the quality assurance of self-financed tertiary institutions including Open University and the private sub-degree sector.
    • Besides, the UCG also recommends to re-organize the sub-degree sector by separating the continuing education arms of publicly funded universities within three years of government endorsement of the idea.

    Questions

    • Role of public funded higher education untouched - The current public funded bachelor’s degree program does not provide enough university places for the growing demands. People have been asking to raise the limit of the university place for the publicly-funded bachelor program, but the report turns a deaf ear to the appeal.
    • The report has also turned a blind eye to the financial burden on sub-degree students due to high interest rates of NLSPS.