At the Government level, The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government continues to invest heavily in education, which accounts for approximately one fifth of its annual budget.
Education & Training Sector in Hong Kong
With strong historical links to the British education system, Hong Kong is a well-developed
market that recognises the importance of good education. This is prevalent across the
Government, education providers, family and individuals (young adults, adults and
professionals). The market is receptive to UK educational products and expertise.
At the Government level, The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)
Government continues to invest heavily in education, which accounts for approximately one fifth
of its annual budget ? the largest single share of any policy area. In 2010-11, public spending on
education amounted to HK$63.7 billion (£5.1 billion).
In Hong Kong, there are 951 kindergartens, 532 primary schools (incl. 40 international schools),
506 secondary schools (incl. 27 international schools), 60 special schools (incl. 1 international
school), vocational training council with 20 centres and 8 universities, 1 institute of
education.For background information on the Hong Kong education system, see
www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/factsheets/docs/education.pdf and www.edb.gov.hk
Hong Kong?s core Education and Training issues are:
? education reform (new secondary school education system and curriculum effective from
? standards of English (declining due to more use of Cantonese as the main mode of
? skills development (life-long learning to ensure HK has a skilled and competitive work
? ICT in Education
Hong Kong schools are well served by the internet infrastructure with high connectivity via
broadband plus wireless network. The Government is taking steps to provide grants for schools
on e-learning resources and foster a marketplace for the e-learning industry.
Currently the Government?s total grant to schools for ICT resources is £24 million p.a.
An on-line Ed-Mall has rolled out by HKEdCity on which UK vendors are encouraged to present
their e-learning resources for sale online. Further information on IT and Education and
HKEdCity can be found on: www.hkedcity.net
? Transnational Education
Overseas education has long been a preferred option for students and parents. Every year more
than 30,000 Hong Kong students study overseas. The UK has been the top choice for overseas
education and in 2009/2010 there were 19,400 students studying in the UK.
Since the Education Reform, more students are leaving younger to study overseas. This presents
opportunities for the UK schools and HEIs to provide a multi-pathway to recruit students, eg.
foundation studies and top up degrees.
More UK courses and programmes are delivered in Hong Kong either as standalone or by
partnerships with local institutions. There are currently more than 1,100 of non-local
programmes offered in Hong Kong and 60% of which are from the UK. UK providers can
consider this option to expand their transnational education business in Hong Kong.
? Early Learning
Home learning resources - although a competitive market, it is also a lucrative one particularly
high-end English learning resources for young learners. Well known brands of multi-media
learning resources and English learning is very popular for HK young learners, British English is
valued by parents when choosing courses for their children.
There are a number of early learning centres established in Hong Kong which present a niche
market for resources and education programmes for young learners (pre-kindergarten level).
? Curriculum Reform
The Education Bureau implemented a new academic structure for senior secondary education -
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) since September 2009. The new
?3+3+4? structure (3+3 secondary schools years and 4 Tertiary) has shifted away from the
British-like "5+2+3" articulation.
UK vendors are encouraged to explore market potentials arise from the new curriculum
particularly in the new subject areas such as Applied Learning (Vocational Training) and Liberal
For more information, please see: www.edb.gov.hk/334
? LifeLong Learning
As Hong Kong moves into a knowledge-based economy, the Government attaches great
importance to lifelong learning.
Opportunities for UK providers to provide specialised courses particularly Continuous
Professional Development course or other qualifications. Universities in Hong Kong have
established separate centres to teach such professional development or advanced learning
courses. It is also very common for their institutes to partner with overseas courses to offer non-
local qualifications in Hong Kong. The UK is a market leader in this sector.
Latest export opportunities ? Education & Training
Latest export opportunities ? Hong Kong
Getting into the market
We encourage British companies to approach well in advance the local authorities that are in
charge of projects, since very frequently the time between a tender?s launch and the required
proposal submission date is extremely short. Approaching them beforehand is desirable to have
an insight of what they need and ask for. It is important to build relationships in the market, so
that key local players and decision makers will be aware of your expertise and keep you in mind
when forming bidding consortia. In many instances, UK companies choose to partner with local
counterparts, benefiting from their business know-how.
More about doing business in Hong Kong
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Cecilia Chan, British Consulate-General Hong Kong.
Tel: +852 2901-3268 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
? Jacqueline Chui, British Consulate-General Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2901-3328 or email:
Contact your local international trade team
Education & Careers Expo
9-12 February 2012
12th Hong Kong International Education Expo
12-13 May 2012
13th Hong Kong International Education Expo
7-8 July 2012
Hong Kong Learning & Teaching Expo
All British exhibition and workshops covering educational resources and technology, special
needs, skills, training
Further details are available from: William@besa.org.uk
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events ? Education & Training
Latest events ? Hong Kong
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters