Looking to take your astounding mathematic knowledge to new heights? Want to use maths and make a difference to the world we live in? Then look no further than the following universities, all specialising in the field of engineering and technology!
Also known as UC Berkeley, this public research university is located in Berkeley, California. Berkeley College of Engineering is particularly well-known for producing many successful entrepreneurs; among its alumni are co-founders and CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, including Apple, Google, and Intel.
9) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 蘇黎世聯邦理工學院
ETH Zurich is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics university. The school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1855 with the stated mission to educate engineers and scientists, serve as a national centre of excellence in science and technology and provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) was founded in 1905, it is the oldest institute of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrolment and curriculum offered. The Faculty of Engineering (FOE) was launched in 1968. It is the largest faculty in the university. There are several divisions/departments; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; Computer Engineering; Engineering Science Programme; Industrial & Systems Engineering; Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Division of Engineering and Technology Management. There is also a Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering.
The Faculty of Engineering is one of the three main Faculties of Imperial College London. It was formed in 2001 from the former City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines – two of the three original ‘Constituent Colleges’ of Imperial College when the latter was formed in 1907. The faculty is divided into ten Academic Departments: Aeronautics Engineering, Bioengineering, Design Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computing, Earth Science & Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and the Dyson School of Design Engineering.
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science is located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. A school within Princeton University, which is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, it provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in six departments: chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and operations research and financial engineering. It has nearly 950 undergraduates, 550 graduate students and 130 faculty members in its six departments.
The University Of Cambridge Department Of Engineering is the largest department at the University of Cambridge and one of the leading centres of engineering in the world. The Department’s aim is to address the world’s most pressing challenges with science and technology. To achieve this aim, the Department collaborates with other disciplines, institutions, companies and entrepreneurs and adopts an integrated approach to research and teaching.
The MIT School of Engineering (SoE) is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. SoE has eight academic departments and two interdisciplinary institutes. The School grants S.B., M.Eng, S.M., an engineer’s degree, and Ph.D. or Sc.D degrees. The current Dean of Engineering is Anantha P. Chandrakasan. The school is the largest at MIT as measured by undergraduate and graduate enrolments and faculty members.
麻省理工學院位於美國麻薩諸塞州劍橋市，其工程學院是校內最大規模的學術學院。目前的工程系院長是Anantha P. Chandrakasan教授，共378名院內成員曾贏取主要研究和教學獎項。工程學院有八個學術部門和兩個跨學科機構。 學校設有工程師學士、碩士及博士學位。
3) University of Oxford 牛津大學
The department was originally established in 1908 with the appointment of the first Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford, Frewen Jenkin, grandfather of Lord Jenkin of Roding. The Jenkin Building is named after him. On 2 February 1909, the Honour School of Natural Science (Engineering Science) was formally instituted by a Statute of Oxford University. The School was initially located at 6 Keble Road, on the south side of what is now known as the Keble Road Triangle, part of the Oxford University Science Area. The main part of the department has remained and expanded at this location to the present day.
Stanford University School of Engineering is one of the schools of Stanford University. The current dean is Jennifer Widom, the former senior associate dean of faculty affairs and computer science chair. She is the school’s 10th dean. The School of Engineering was established in 1926 when Stanford organized the previous independent academic departments into a school.
1) California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 加利福尼亞理工學院（加州理工學院）
Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on science and engineering, managing $332 million in 2011 in sponsored research. Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles. First-year students are required to live on campus and 95% of undergraduates remain in the on-campus House System at Caltech. Caltech alumni and faculty include 34 Nobel Prizes (Linus Pauling being the only individual in history to win two unshared prizes), 1 Fields Medalist, 6 Turing Award winners, 4 Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force and 71 have won the United States National Medal of Science or Technology.
Students are readying themselves to receive their GCSE results this summer, but English and maths scores will come in the form of a new numbered grading system. This change has occurred as part of a government scheme to revamp the current GCSE system, as individuals have expressed opinions that encourage the need for a more rigorous and “precise” grading system for pupils. As a result, grade rankings of 9 to 1 will be awarded as opposed to the current A* to G system. Is the curriculum changing? Yes it is. Now, GCSEs will be conducted with a more linear structure as opposed to modular, so all exams are held at the end of the 2 year course as opposed to intermittently throughout the programme.
今年暑假，學生們都收到GCSE考試的成績單，自然發覺今屆英文和數學考試採用了新的評分準則。為甚麼呢？近年，公眾紛紛表達意見，鼓勵對學生進行更嚴格，更精確的分級制。有見及此，政府改革現行的GCSE考試制度，新的評分準則應運而生 —— 從以往的 A *至G改為9至1的等級排名，9為最高評級。這是否意味着課程出現了變化？是的！由現在開始，GCSE將以線性結構進行，所有考試於兩年課程制完結後進行，而不是於單元之間舉行。
Before we continue, let’s have a look at the original intention of what GCSEs were meant to achieve. GCSEs have been around since 1988, a total of 29 years with the same grading system, general curriculum structure, and overall “purpose” for students – so that they can progress to the next stage of their lives. However, life in 1988 was much different compared to now; it was extremely common for students to move on from schooling after fifth form and participate in non-academic courses, such as vocational training or community college to kick start their careers.
This has unfortunately opened doors to some criticism for the school qualification, for instance being labelled as too easy and caters for a student-majority that are no longer present. Nowadays, pupils usually continue with their schooling careers and end up going to university, and any alternatives are often frowned upon or are considered extremely rare. With this being the case, people are asking; “why are pupils still undertaking a curriculum and exams designed for those who are actually looking to move on from academia?”
When all of these points are taken into account, is it clear to see why talks surrounding changes related to the GCSE course have been up in the air since 2013, and the time has finally come for them to be modified. But what is being changed exactly?
Most exams will be taken at the end of the 2-year course rather than on a module basis 大多數考試將在兩年制課程結束時進行，而不是以單元為基礎
There will be more essay-based questions 設有更多以論文為主的題目
Content will be more challenging – more substantial texts in English literature and new topics in maths 內容將更具挑戰性 —— 英國文學將涵蓋實用文本和數學亦拓展新課題
Everyone will have to do at least 2 sciences 每人必須選修至少2科理科
Coursework and controlled assessments will not be applicable to most subjects apart from practical ones, such as art and drama 大部分科目（除了藝術和戲劇）只計考試成績，不計習作以及平時修習的成績
As mentioned previously, grades will be awarded on a number-based scale from 9 to 1 (9 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest). A full transition for all subjects to be graded in this way will be made over the next 2 years, with English literature, English language, and maths being the first to undergo this change during the summer 2017 results. Here is an easy-to-follow table for your reference!
There you have it – the latest changes that are being made to GCSEs from 2017 onwards. If you have any opinions or questions you would like to share, please feel free to comment or get in touch with us on Facebook. In the meantime, why not have a look at our article on STEM Learning – Does It Live Up To The Hype?
The time has come for Chinese Academy to revamp learning in Hong Kong. With a dedicated and highly decorated academic team, this newly established private through-train school situated in the heart of Causeway Bay aims to set new standards for students in the Pearl of the Orient. Designed for students looking to thrive and excel with their education, Chinese Academy embraces learning and inspires students in the 21st century.
As you would have read in our previous article, Hong Kong has made a recent breakthrough when it came to the official QS University rankings for 2018. A record total of 5 universities in the Pearl of the Orient were listed in the world top 100 list, an impressive number for a place with a total area of only 2,754km2. Read on for more information about these universities and their specialities!
Established in 1937 but granted full university status in 1994, PolyU has an international faculty and student community with a global network of over 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. 220 undergraduate, postgraduate, and sub-degree programmes for more than 32,000 students are offered every year. Due to its young age, PolyU also qualifies for a separate ranking known as the “Top 50 Under 50 Rankings” for universities under 50 years old, currently placing 6th in the world.
City University in Kowloon Tong was founded in 1984, and became fully accredited in 1994. The university is organised into 3 colleges (College of Business / College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences / Science & Engineering) and 4 schools (School of Creative Media / Energy & Environment / Law / Veterinary Medicine). More than 50 bachelor’s degree programmes are offered and postgraduate degrees are offered by the Chow Yei Ching School.
Formally established in 1963, Chinese University is Hong Kong’s second oldest university and is organised into 9 constituent colleges and 8 academic faculties. Four Nobel laureates are associated with the university, and it is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong with recipients of the Nobel Prize, Turing Award, Fields Medal and Veblen Prize sitting as faculty in residence.
2) Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
2017/18 QS University World Rank: 30
Top 50 Under 50 World Rank: 2nd
QS World Ranking
Engineering & Technology
Accounting & Finance
Computer Science & Information Systems
Business & Management Studies
Engineering – Mechanical
Established in 1991, it is Hong Kong’s youngest university with no precursory existence. The university consists of 4 disciplinary schools, offering degrees in business & management, engineering, science, and humanities & social science. HKUST has been regularly considered as one of the top 3 tertiary institutions throughout the territory. The university was also ranked as Asia’s No. 1 institute by the independent branch of regional QS University Rankings: Asia for 3 consecutive years (2011 – 2013).
HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest tertiary institute, having been established in 1911. Today, the university is organised into 10 faculties, demonstrating strength in areas of Accounting & Finance, Biomedicine, Dentistry, Education, Humanities, Law, and Linguistics. In fact, the founder of modern China Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a graduate of the HKU College of Medicine for Chinese. Additionally, multiple Executive Council and Legislative Council Members are also graduates from HKU.
When it comes to choosing university, people often think of places like the UK and USA. However, sometimes home could be the best option for you (or alternatively, sometimes Asia could be your door to opportunity). Despite the entire country being only 2,754km2 and home to less than 15 universities, an astounding 5 of these institutions have made it into the official QS University Ranking’s Top 100 for 2018!
In fact, all institutions but Chinese University and Baptist University experienced an “upgrade” in terms of their ratings, with HKU leading the way with a world ranking of 26 in 2018. HKUST came in at a close second, being placed 30th on the list, followed by Chinese University at 46, City University at 49, and Polytechnic University coming in at 95.
This is amazing news for educational institutions in Hong Kong, and provides aspirations and hope for the future when it comes to educating students at a tertiary level in Asia’s World City. So, when it is your turn to make a decision for your future, don’t forget to keep Hong Kong in your thoughts!
An important part of the philosophy at International Chinese Academy Education Foundation (ICAEF) and Confucius Hall (CH) is to ensure students receive an all-rounded education, in order to facilitate and truly nurture their whole person development. What this entails is being able to entice students to aspire to undertake activities outside of the constraints of a typical classroom. For instance, exercise is an ideal way for young active bodies and minds to unwind and find other passions to pursue.
This is an important element of Chinese Academy Primary School (CAPS), as it is easy for students to feel overwhelmed during their new experience in a “big school”, and having a hobby is a great way to deal with this transition. While it is important to be prepared academically, one must also not forget the significance of sporting development.
There is a good reason as to why physical education is mandatory for schools in Hong Kong. It is one of the many responsibilities of a school to ensure that students are not solely focused on classroom academics. It is therefore equally as important to invest one’s time in physical activities, like sport, hiking, and being outdoors in general. Children at primary school age are undergoing extremely important and delicate chemical changes, and what they experience now will dictate the sort of individuals they will eventually become.
Elite schools are looking for pupils that demonstrate the ability to be able to adapt to a multitude of situations, and sport is no exception. Sporting activities allow young minds to be able to express their feelings of determination, teamwork, and competitive fire. Sport is where friendships are made, stress is relieved, and passions are discovered. Chinese Academy Primary School (CAPS) strives to provide students with a suitable environment for them to engage in such activities, and plans to integrate this into the architecture itself have been nothing short of a success. In fact, Norton House Education places a strong focus on student admissions into the world’s top schools, and sporting ability is a key component of one’s university portfolio, particularly for Oxbridge institutions.
精英學校正在尋覓能夠適應眾多情況的學生，運動也不例外。體育活動讓年輕人能夠表達自己的決心、團隊精神和進取心。運動是建立友誼、緩解壓力和發掘激情。晉德學校（CAPS）致力於為學生提供一個適合他們參與這類活動的環境，並計劃將其融入到校園建築本身。事實上，Norton House Education非常重視學生入讀世界頂尖學校，而體育能力更是入讀大學，特別對考入牛劍有重大幫助。
It is for these reasons that at CAPS, students will be encouraged to venture out and find their preferred physical activity. It is a key philosophy of CAPS to ensure students embody a “good character”, and in order to truly achieve this, one must be exposed to the unique experience of sport.
For more information about International Chinese Academy Education Foundation (ICAEF) and the presented philosophies, head on over to www.ica-ef.org!
Posing such a question to academics within school halls would have once been rivalled to blasphemy in the church – but it is now gradually becoming a question that pupils, parents, and academics themselves are asking the rest of society. Communities are starting to approach the subject of education with a more open mind, wondering what potential benefits this could “alternative” approach could bring students…or is it really a recipe for disaster?
In this exclusive series, the Norton House Academic Team have presented their thoughts with regards to this seemingly “controversial” question. These views have been collected and spread out across this new series, and three main positions will be explored in further detail:
針對上述議題，Norton House 教學團隊會提出他們獨特的想法。這些觀點會被收集，隨後展開一連串的跟進，深入地探討以下三個重要問題﹕
1) Learning vs. memorisation – what’s the difference and how is this a key aspect? 學習 vs. 記憶 — 兩者差異是甚麼以及哪一個是關鍵的方面？
2) Logical development – does the order in which your child learn content affect his or her capability? 邏輯發展 — 您的孩子學習內容的順序是否影響他或她的能力？
3) Preparation – how does this effectively prepare children for the future? 準備措施 — 如何有效地為未來的孩子做好準備？
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10) University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) 加利福尼亞大學（三藩市）
Part of the University of California system, the university is dedicated to health sciences. Both teaching in addition to ground-breaking medical and biological research is conducted here, resulting in it being ranked as one of the top universities in the biological field in the world. In 2015, 7,393 people applied and 437 were interviewed for 149 positions in the entering class.
9) UCL (University College London) 倫敦大學學院
The school provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programmes. The medical course at UCL has been on offer since 1834, and has seen some notable alumni go through the halls. These individuals include Josephine Barnes, the first female president of the British Medical Association in 1979, and Michael Brown the former Physician to the Queen.
倫敦大學學院提供多種學士及碩士課程，醫學科學自1834年開辦至今，已經培養出多位全球知名的業內人士。其中包括Josephine Barnes，1979年英國醫學協會首位女性會長，還有Michael Brown也同樣畢業於此。
8) Yale University 耶魯大學
Founded in 1810 as The Medical Institution of Yale College, the school is home to the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, one of the largest modern medical libraries in existence. The faculty includes 62 National Academy of Sciences members, 40 Institute of Medicine investigators, and 16 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.
7) University of California (UCLA) 加利福尼亞大學
Known as the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the university accepts applications for summer academic enrichment programmess. These programmes include the Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP), Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP), and the Re-Application Post baccalaureate Program (RAP). Some notable alumni include the inventor of the PET scanner (Michael E. Phelps), and Alcino J. Silva, pioneer in the field of molecular and cellular cognition of memory.
加利福尼亞大學David Geffen醫學院享譽世界，學校接受夏季入學課程。這些課程包括醫學/牙科預科課程，夏季牙科課程以及在就業培訓課程。著名校友包括PET掃描儀發明者Michael E. Phelps)，分子及細胞記憶認知學者Alcino J. Silva。
6) Karolinska Institute 卡羅琳學院
Located in Sweden, the Karolinska Institute is one of the largest and most prestigious medical schools in the world. In fact, the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Karolinska University Hospital is associated with the university as a research and teaching hospital. Together they form an academic health science centre.
5) Stanford University 史丹佛大學
Being the oldest medical school in the Western United States, it is a research-intensive institution that places a strong emphasis on medical innovation, novel methods, discoveries, and interventions. The university was responsible for 4 particularly outstanding medical innovations in 2015, including sepsis diagnosis, Alzheimer’s, malnourishment, and preterm birth.
4) Johns Hopkins University 約翰霍普金斯大學
The Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine (JHUSOM) is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. It has been consistently ranked as one of the top medical schools in the world, and has been granted several research grants by the National Institutes of Health. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was ranked the number one hospital in the United States for 22 years by US News & World Report.
3) University of Cambridge 劍橋大學
Students from Cambridge University can enter the clinical school on completion of three years of pre-clinical training and a further interviewing process. Applicants from outside Cambridge University are also invited to apply providing they meet the entry requirements. Approximately half the medical students used to leave Cambridge after their pre-clinical studies as there were not enough places on the clinical course for them all; from 2017 onwards, all Cambridge medical students will continue to study in Cambridge for the full six years.
2) University of Oxford 牛津大學
The Oxford Medical School is traditional in its teaching and is therefore split into Pre-Clinical and Clinical phases of the course, with Pre-Clinical (Years 1-3) students being based in the University Science Area in Oxford City Centre, and Clinical students (Years 4-6) being based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Headington, Oxford.
1) Harvard University 哈佛大學
The school has a large and distinguished faculty to support its missions of education, research, and clinical care. These faculty hold appointments in the basic science departments on the HMS Quadrangle, and in the clinical departments located in Boston. There are approximately 2,900 full- and part-time voting faculty members consisting of assistant, associate, and full professors, and over 5,000 full or part-time, non-voting instructors.
Humans have existed on planet Earth for approximately 200,000 years, and it is fair to say that we Homo sapiens have come a long way from trying to discover the almighty wheel. Over the course of these 200,000 years, people have learnt from each other and discovered what works best for certain scenarios. For instance, a foreign chef travelling to Hong Kong to learn about authentic Chinese cuisine will discover cooking tips and tricks to help make his attempts all that more delicious.
This example is certainly applicable across a vast spectrum of various industries and cultures around the planet. As a species, we have been able to develop new things that completely alter the way we go about our daily lives for the better. We can now live stream with our phones, talk to a friend thousands of kilometres away, our computers can process more data, and our cars can travel faster. With this level of rapid development happening all around us, some may ask what could possibly be improved next.
Education is no different. Schools have been around since 1635, and over the course of these centuries, societies have made an attempt to distinguish themselves. A nation’s education system is a key factor in this moulding process, as the youth of today are the future of tomorrow.
It is for these reasons that the newly established Chinese Academy Primary School (CAPS) aims to develop a truly unique curriculum based around the very best of East & West education. A key philosophy of CAPS is “To provide a platform for quality education which foster students to pursue excellence, and become global citizens.” Therefore, by utilising the very best of the East in terms of strong logic-based learning, combined with a heightened importance for all rounded character development from the West, students will be able to mature into open-minded, intellectually adept members of society.
If you are interesting in finding out more about anything related to Chinese Academy Primary School, feel free to join us on Saturday (13th May 2017) for an exclusive event being held in the CAPS hall. Hear first-hand from CAPS principal Ms. Ramida Din about what it takes for children to succeed in a 21st century learning environment. For bookings, please e-mail [email protected].
By taking the most successful parts from a variety of sources, something truly remarkable can be constructed. Experience this with Norton House’s Summer Programme 2017, where the very best of international education from America, the UK, and China comes to your classrooms! Learn about what these powerful nations developed, and more importantly, how they work! How have these inventions shaped the way society operates and functions in the modern world?
An optimal learning environment is one that can help students effectively differentiate between “work” and “play”, while seamlessly integrating these two key ideals of basic human nature in an interactive setting. It is through this presented relationship of an internal classroom setting combined with an external student social area where students’ brains undergo a chemical transition, enabling them to be able to automatically prepare for “work” in an efficient manner.
This interactive student social space provides pupils with the opportunity to expel any last minute energy, and readies them for an engaging classroom environment with their peers. A key philosophy at Chinese Academy Primary School is that learning is a never ending activity which should not cease beyond classroom walls. Encouraging social development through an immersive environment is a way for students to overcome any initial fear or hesitation felt prior to meeting new people. In addition to this, it encourages and strengthens relationships once that initial connection has been made.
It is for these reasons that a truly effective learning environment is one that gives students the freedom to make decisions, and the ability to come to their own conclusion as to what approach is best for them both inside and outside of the classroom. By exposing children to such scenarios at a young age, their whole person development process is catalysed and solid foundations can be established early.