From the South China Morning Post:
City University has been on the rise. In a town obsessed with rankings, it has climbed quickly up many of them, including to an impressive fifth place among the world’s universities founded in the past 50 years. And, just last month, the university capped its 30th anniversary “Year of Art and Culture” by winning three prestigious honours at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.
So as an alumnus myself, I was perplexed, to put it kindly, when on the same day that the university issued a press release heralding the “huge night for the arts”, students in its Master of Fine Arts in creative writing programme–from which I graduated last October–were told it was being shut down. The two main reasons appear to be, essentially, profitability and exclusivity: how much money does the programme make, and how many applicants does it reject.