教育

香港第N間大學:HK籮毛U?

原圖:維基百科

原圖:維基百科

教院又來爭取「正名」大學。是正名,還是升格?要「正名」為「大學」,即是暗示叫做大學是應份。當年理工、城市理工改名,好像叫做「升格」。「正名」又好,「升格」又好,其實多餘。

有 位舊同學英文系畢業,當年牙擦擦說,讀英文系、英語教育系的人,論大學收生成績,UE也好,總分也好,都是港大中大英文系最好,港大中大教育系次之,教院 包尾。包尾即是如何?UE考D考E者,舉目皆是。如此成績,除非四年大學突飛猛進,否則為人師表教學生英文…… 怪不得家長要一窩蜂找名校尖子狀元和補習社名師幫孩子補英文。

N年前如此,現在呢?八卦上 JUPAS 網看統計,無論中文還是英文,教院學生的入學成績依然跟中大港大的語文系和語文教育系差一大截,甚至中位數連人家 lower quartile 和最低分數都趕不上。

其他科系尚且可以說不要計較分數,成績差讀商科也可以成為才俊,不過在教人讀書的教育科系,總不能這樣搬龍門。

師範學院已成絕唱,全港就只此一家香港教育學院打正旗號作育社會未來的良師,其實有本錢專注做好本業,為甚麼就沒有能耐成為一家準老師趨之若鶩的學府?難道就是因為未「正名」為大學,所以吸引不到尖子入讀?

當然,中小學校長將教院畢業生求職信未看先丟的事情,我也聽說過。幾有教育熱誠也好,現實歸現實,還是身體誠實讀張三大的沙紙穩陣。IEd 這個名字不夠響,叫做「大學」就真的能改變學生和僱主的想法?

為了「正名」,教院做了很多事。大學 university 來自拉丁文 universitas,即是所有之意。教資會一句「教院獨沽一味只有師範課程,不夠包羅萬有,未夠格做大學」,教院就連開人文、社會科學和創意藝術三瓣課程,以求「達標」。教院不開商科,其實已經算係咁。

教院有否因為開新課程而忽略師範本業,我作為外人當然不清楚,不過個人認為師範老字號走去東施效顰「扮」university,就像麥當當賣漢堡卻走去煮通粉,可以好,也可以吃力不討好。

唉,大學政策這回事,我這個師奶,識條鐵咩。

說 到「乜乜乜 Institute」,就想起麻省理工學院。MIT 一直叫 Institute 而沒有正名為 MUT,否則人家問「你讀乜」,就要答「咪讀乜 (MUT) 囉」。早在 1963 年,MIT 校長說雖然學院發展很好,但住宿、課外活動、輔導等配套未盡完善,所以謙稱 MIT 還未夠班成為大學

據聞教院會公投決定日後叫做「香港教育大學」還是「香港師範大學」之類。更名為「香師大」,不就是跟大陸各所師大無痕接軌了?英文是不是叫 Hong Kong Normal University (簡稱「籮毛U」)?

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  1. Most people tend to have the impression of an education institute named as XXX university will be of higher status than an ordinary college, technical institute. Over the last 25 years, the number of higher education institute, that is University has jumped from two to more than 8. Inevitably these Universities required substantial financial and academic resource to service the big number of undergraduates. Some people may have the comment that we now have more university graduates but the attributes in terms of the technical and soft skills of these graduates have much to be improved during the first few years of their career. The policy of opening more university places instead of more career oriented technical colleges have led to the situation of competition for the reduction of traditional office works due to modern digital technology but under supply for the manufacturing and technical servicing sectors.

    Famous university grade technical institutes like MIT, CIT in USA, Imperial College in Great Britain have graduated many highly demanded graduates for their employers who are more interested on the quality of the various undergraduate courses and the professional staff conducting these courses.It does not matter much whether the graduation certificate bears the word University.

    The upgrading process has only benefitted the opening of more administration and managment staff position rather than allocating more funding to the teaching facilities and staff that are more relevant to the implementation of a high quality education.

    With the innovation brought about by the digital technolgy, the traditional thinking of higher education implementation may be completely changed in future to suit the commercial and industry needs. Are we going to have over-supply of concrete buildings labelled University or with name of charity donors?

    • Exactly. As a graduate of Imperial, aka IC , and LSE, without the word university, both school attracted more attention than any other universities. Besides, recruiters and Hr managers have their own personal ranking, which won’t just change along a simple act of changing school name.

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