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ERIC Number: EJ855255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-3
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
They're Hiring in Hong Kong
Hvistendahl, Mara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n30 pA1 Apr 2009
Over the past several years, Hong Kong has made a determined effort to raise its profile by positioning its universities to compete globally for students, scholars, and research projects. In the process, it is refashioning its higher-education system from the British three-year model into a four-year system aligned with those of the United States and mainland China; the change becomes effective in 2012. The overhaul includes pumping millions of dollars into research, retooling undergraduate curricula to inspire creative thinking, and hiring more professors: around 1,000 in all. While American computer-science departments were cutting back, Chinese University "had a lot of plans for the future." They are trying to take advantage of the crisis in the U.S. and Europe and bring other people. The global financial crisis has not yet hit Hong Kong as hard as it has the United States, but the territory's reliance on logistics, financial, and other services, which accounted for 92 percent of its gross domestic product in 2007, makes it vulnerable to downturns. Officials see investment in higher education as a way to diversify and move toward a knowledge-based economy. University administrators say they are searching everywhere for talent, but they cite the United States most frequently. Over the past few years, delegations of university officials have traveled to top American institutions to gather both ideas and people. The University of Hong Kong has hired 100 tenure-track professors in the past three years and hopes to hire 100 more. The university is reaching out to both renowned researchers and young talent to help build its reputation, with an emphasis on biomedicine, environmental science, and emerging technologies. Other universities in the territory have less formal plans but are also hiring scores of faculty members. The Chinese University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University are each adding more than 100 professors, along with dozens of lower-level instructors and administrative staff. Smaller institutions, including Lingnan University, Hong Kong Baptist University, and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, plan to expand as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong