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Old 12-11-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hi there, I'm presently doing Biotechnology in Hong Kong U. If u are interested in coming to HKU, can ask me ar.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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Hey everyone. I'm studying Journalism at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). I'm in my first year, so it has been one semester....and I'm absolutely loving it! If there's anything you want to know, feel free to ask me too~
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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Oh my. Studying journalism in Hong Kong. Does that mean you're aiming to be a Chinese-language journo?

What's it like? The media industry there is by far more cut-throat than over here in Singapore. Must be quite fun?
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:42 AM   #4
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Arh, tinyRedLeaf, that is where the common misconception lies. Actually, I've never been too good at Chinese. In fact, I use English here most of my time. Lessons are in English and everyone around here uses English with me if I don't initiate (trying to at least) using Cantonese or Chinese.

Society here is definitely more vibrant, more vocal, more dynamic, therefore more conducive for a real media education, imho. "Cut-throat" connotes "over the top" or "too much"...now is it the case of the media industry in Singapore being too little or the media industry in Hong Kong being too much? Haha. Ok. That is the question for you to ponder about for a little while.

I enjoy school. But you must understand that I am taking a course of my personal preference in a city of my personal preference. Almost something like...everything is going my way, and thankfully going well. So that adds up. In any case, my lessons serve well to enlighten me, like education should. My journo lecturers are passionate journalists-turned-journo lecturers, and a lot of them are foreigners, or have worked extensively abroad like in New York or something. Apart from journo classes, I took politics this semester and it was pretty interesting as I would reflect on Sg and then look at the society around me--i.e HK-- which had seen 2 rounds of different-typed elections within these 3 months of my being here.

And yes, everything is still in English. Not crisp British accents, not American twangs. Sometimes in journo classes we inevitably see Chinese papers--but it's part and parcel of studying in Hong Kong. You learn not just through school, but through events and idiosyncracies of a society (*a lot of foreign exchange students mean that any chinese/ canto/ hk reference in class is being explained and translated for the benefit of international students.)

Ok. As you can see, I am able to go on and on right now, but I don't want to ramble off too much. Little bits of info are easier to swallow then my 3 month diary worth of info. Lol.

What are you looking for in university? Keep posting, I'll keep replying.
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:45 AM   #5
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Hi.
I've graduated from JC last year.
Am currently considering going to HK to study journalism, either at HKU or CUHK.
However i would like to know more about the tuition fees and accomodation there. Also, what grades do i need to qualify for the course.
Lastly, I'm intending to specialise in Chinese Journalism in future. Would an education in HK be advantageous?

Thanks
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:15 AM   #6
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Hi Chococho

Of course I would recommend Hong Kong for Chinese journalism! And I say Chinese in two ways. The first Chinese refers to the Chinese language-- obviously, since Hong Kong is a Chinese city. I think many peers would want to focus on Chinese-medium journalism, and I do know seniors taking Chinese news-writing classes. But for me, I intend to give those a miss I guess, cos I don't feel too confident in Chinese communication.

The second Chinese refers to China. As you may know, China has very stringent press control while Hong Kong has a very free press. Put them side by side--and by being on the HK side-- I think we can expect to learn more a lot about China in terms of journalism. I have some exchange friends taking Year 2/3 journo classes on covering China and other relevant politics classes on governing China etc...so if you have a keen interest in the journo/ socio-political-economic issues on the Chinese side of East Asia, I think HK is a rather nice place to be. It has the best of both worlds- you get the freedom of HK, and you get more access than any other part of the world to China affairs.

And now for the more practical part. Student domitories are available, about 1000+ hkd a month. You get one roommate, a common pantry per level, a common bathroom. HKU dorms are not just to live-in...the halls tend to get active and organize events which people bond over. i guess a lot of people always fear expensive/small/grimy housing in hk...but really, my dorm's very pleasant to live in!

Tuition fees are 100 000hkd (about 20 000 sgd) per year from next year onwards. But international student scholarships are available...To gauge how easy it is to get in...I'm not too sure how to gauge though. Essentially, entrance is based on your course. For journo, there are about 30 people per year. Apart from grades, there is also an interview, and of course, the whole application essay things.

That's the basic gist of it. I'm not sure about the CUHK programme. I heard that the Baptist University (BU) programme is rather established in Hong Kong. But even though the HKU programme is quite new, I think it's pretty good- that's what the exchange journo students tell me to expect in my coming semeseters too- and I'm enjoying it very much.

I believe HKU is having an information day/ info session in Singapore next year. 10 January, if I'm not wrong. I'll check it out and post it up here. Hope this helps!
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Hi all, I have received my a levels results this year and considering to go HKU to study. I'm interested to study medicine over there but unsure of their tuition fees and is it a good environment to study over there? anyone from HKU could advise me on that?
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:09 AM   #8
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Hi all, I have received my a levels results this year and considering to go HKU to study.
I'm interested to study medicine over there but unsure of their tuition fees and is it a good environment to study over there?
anyone from HKU could advise me on that?
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:53 AM   #9
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ar. tuition fee is for locals is $42100 per year, for non-locals, it's HK$100,000 per year (approximately US$12,820) http://www.hku.hk/admission/nonjupas-faq.htm#Q5
*if u are a student who do not apply the University with HONG KONG A'LEVEL, you are considered a Non-JUPUS. i.e. if u are GCE A; Level, u are NON-JUPAS.

HKU is separated to two main campus sites, the LSK Medicine faulty and the main campus. Only the medicine, nursing and biochem students will go LSK medicine faculty (which is around 4 bus stops from main campus) The medicine medicine has a sea view... quite splendid..

I am not from medine faculty, so i dun reallly know the lessons.

There aren't many non-local students in Medicine faculty, the requirement seems to be higher for non-locals.

There are some Committees within the Medical faculty itself then really go to communities to serve people. They are really good opportunities to real life experience

By Year 3, students would have real case for them to learn the real thing. students would go to Queen Mary hospital (opp. of Medicine faulty) .. i dun know what they do there exactly. never been there...

i'm quite sure that the facilities are quite good since the faculty is well-funded by Li Ka Shing and given that the building itself, is relatively new...

HKU is famous for her Hall culture too. Hall = Hostel. http://www.hku.hk/osa/student_residences/res-halls.htm
So we get to interact with people in the same block and have high table dinners, annual performances, and have morning tea, supper at Sai Wan, joining hall cultural/sports team... o.. too much to write...

the main campus is extending into what they called a Centennial Campus, but will only complete by 2012. By then, HKU will be directly connected by MTR.

& one more thing to add, studying in HK or... HK itself, is by far more exciting, especially for youngsters..

sorry, eveything is not in order. but hope they give u a slightly better idea
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #10
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Thanks Belinda.

the tuition fees for non-local is approx HKD$100,000, does that apply to all courses like medicine?
Also, when will the term start for HKU and when can i apply to study over there?
Is there a lot of Singaporeans studying in HKU?

From all your description, i can see that HKU is a great sch and i really look forward to study over there. =)
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