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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?!