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|Crossing the Binary Line: The Founding of the Polytechnic in Colonial Hong Kong
|Wong, Ting Hong
|History of Education
|Using the case of the Hong Kong Polytechnic (HKP), this paper examines academic drift in colonial settings. The HKP, like polytechnics in the UK, was supposedly a service sector institution. Under the binary system in the UK, schools in the service division were governed by the state educational bureaucracy, while the universities--the autonomous sector--were under the University Grants Committee (UGC). When the HKP was being founded, however, it became an institution under the UGC of Hong Kong. This article argues that the HKP could cross the binary line because a polytechnic unsubordinated to the local colonial state would be more serviceable to external agents' interests. This finding suggests that researchers of academic drift--who have hitherto studied exclusively sovereign nations and the impacts of internal factors--should also examine the cases in dependent territories as well as the effects of external influences on such shifts.
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