Issue: March 08, 2013   (Archive)
Wednesday, November 25, 2015   

Sojourn into deep waters
The next time you visit Ocean Park, other than being enthralled by large animals and other mammals, take a few minutes to gaze at the small and vulnerable seahorse.

Calling little bookworms
After a successful run last year as a standalone event, the Young Readers Festival is back. Targeted at kids between the ages of four and 14, it will be held from March 11 to 22 in three venues across Hong Kong.

Take a truly Asian direction
Malaysia has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials to an emerging multi-sector economy. The country exports huge amounts of technological equipment, petroleum products and chemicals, among other goods, and China, Singapore and Hong Kong are among its largest export partners.

Among the Dreaming Spires
Gary Luk Chi-hung is a fortunate man. In 2011 he won the Swire/Cathay Pacific Scholarship and is now completing a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford (where the qualification is referred to as a DPhil rather than the more commonly used PhD).

Artistic license
An art administrator is a strange animal. The person has to delight in the precision of a well-planned diary and a balanced budget but also understand the creative chaos artists work best in.

Land of ideas
This week we turn our attention back to Germany, and some of the exciting upcoming events in European higher education.

Going Gangnam
A liking for K-pop stars led Lavina Luk Yun-tsz to a lingering fascination with Korean culture. The University of Hong Kong graduate will start her studies in South Korea this month. She has enrolled into the master's program of Teaching Korean as A Foreign Language at Ewha Women's University in Seoul.

Fabulous Formosa
Each year, 10,000 new international students choose Taiwan as a higher education destination. Home to HTC, Acer, Delta and many other massive global corporations, the value of the top twenty Taiwan companies grew by 40 percent in 2011.

Korea is K-popular
Last December, five K-pop stars made a hero's entry into Hong Kong. The Big Bang attracted 30,000 fans over three nights. In the same month, Gangnam Style singer Psy, also known as Park Jae Sang, added to the K-pop mania by flying into the SAR for a brief 46-hour stay. Thanks to these popular singers and actors, South Korea has become a hot destination, especially among the young.

Warm Swiss welcomes
Switzerland is one of the most prestigious international destinations for graduate education, particularly in business or hospitality management.

Wealth of opportunities
Australia has always been a hit with Hong Kong students. Last year alone, 3,000 students from the SAR enrolled to study Down Under. Valerie Chan Oi- yee, education manager for the Australian Trade Commission in Hong Kong, said: "The multicultural lifestyle, safe and friendly environment, access to nature, connections with family and friends and proximity to Hong Kong are among the influencers."

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