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Vet School for the 1%

From the next aca­demic year, the City Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong will be of­fer­ing the city’s very first ve­teri­nary medicine pro­gram. Tu­ition fees will be $120,000 per year for the six-year un­der­grad­u­ate course, be­cause the Uni­ver­sity Grants Com­mit­tee has twice re­jected City U’s ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing for the course. The uni­ver­sity plans to sub­mit a fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing in 2018 at the ear­li­est, al­though the Ed­u­ca­tion Bu­reau has said that the uni­ver­sity should not as­sume the pro­gram will get it. The uni­ver­sity says it ex­pects to gain com­plete ac­cred­i­ta­tion for the course when the first batch of stu­dents grad­u­ates in 2023. Our take: So there’s hope for as­pir­ing vets who can’t af­ford to study over­seas. Oh, wait…

Fire­works Good, War Bad

The de­signer of Hong Kong’s Na­tional Day fire­works says the show will be “neu­tral and artis­tic” this year. Wil­son Mao of Pyro Magic Mul­ti­me­dia Pro­duc­tions said the “neu­tral el­e­ments,” in­clud­ing im­agery of the sea and danc­ing flames, will cel­e­brate Hong Kong and main­land China’s na­ture and cul­ture. Last year’s de­sign, which was set to fea­ture air raid sirens and bul­let-like fire­works, was dropped af­ter it was crit­i­cized for be­ing dis­re­spect­ful to those who died in WWII. The 23-minute show on Oc­to­ber 1 will start and end with the “Yel­low River con­certo”—gold, sil­ver and flow­er­like fire­works—to sym­bol­ize Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion. The spirit of Hong Kong will be pre­sented in the form of jel­ly­fish im­agery cre­ated with blue and red fire­works backed by Can­topop clas­sic “Be­low the Lion Rock.” Our take: Where will we get our fix of chest-beat­ing pa­tri­o­tism now?!

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