Education and Training Opportunities

An Expert's View about Educational and Community Associations in Hong Kong SAR

Posted on: 15 Oct 2011

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, the public spending on education amounted to HK$63.7 billion (£5.1 billion).

Sector briefing Education and Training Opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao Why Hong Kong? Hong Kong is a well-developed market that recognises the importance of good education. This is prevalent across the spectrum of Government, education providers, family and individuals (young adults, adults and professionals). With strong historical links between Hong Kong and the British Education system, Hong Kong?s policy makers, teachers and mature learners are greatly receptive to UK education-related products and expertise. This, together with the relative affluence of the society, makes Hong Kong a vibrant education and training market for UK Hong Kong?s core Education and Training suppliers. issues are: ? education reform (new secondary school At the Government level, The Hong Kong education system and curriculum effective Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from summer 2009) Government continues to invest heavily in ? standards of English (declining due to education, which accounts for approximately more use of Cantonese as the main mode one fifth of its annual budget ? the largest of teaching and difficulty in recruiting single share of any policy area. In 2010-11, ? the public spending on education amounted to HK$63.7 b ? Native English Teachers (NETs) to teach in illion (£5.1 billion). Government schools) (Estimates are based on an exchange rate of ? skills development (life-long learning to HK$12.5 = £1). ensure HK has a skilled and competitive work force) For background information on the Hong Kong Find general information on the Hong Kong Education System, see market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide Hong Kong gives an ts/docs/education.pdf and overview of Hong Kong?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao Opportunities serve schools, teachers, students, parents and the public. Institution/Programme No. of student An on-line Ed-Mall is to be rolled out in 2009/10 September 2011 and UK vendors are Kindergarten (951 kindergartens) 148 940 encouraged to present their e-Learning Primary School (532 schools ? incl. 40 331 112 resources in the Ed-Mall for sale online. international schools) Secondary School (506 schools ? incl. 27 449 737 Further information on IT and Education and international schools) HkedCity can be found on :- Special Education School (60 schools ? incl. 7 803 1 international school) Language Education International School (71 schools) - Vocational Training Council (20 centres) 64 640 The government is devoting considerable Approved post-secondary college (2 1 977 resources to the teaching of English at schools, colleges) in the workplace and in the wider community in Other colleges 8 093 order to maintain Hong Kong?s status as a Project Yi Jin (Associate Diplomas level) 16 732 cosmopolitan world-class city. Some initiatives UGC-funded institutions (8 Universities, 1 173 454 including the Native English-speaking Teacher institution of education ) scheme, the Workplace English Campaign, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 901 SCOLAR (Standing Committee on Language The Open University of Hong Kong 21 339 Education and Research), and the Continuing Hospital Authority (Medical Courses) 1 530 Education Fund (CEF). The Prince Philip Dental Hospital 98 Construction Industry Training Authority 756 Further information on initiatives to promote Clothing higher standards of language education can be Industry Training Authority 222 found at Institute offering adult education/ tutorial/ 273 640 vocational courses Overseas Education Table: Size of the schools? market in Hong Overseas education has long been a preferred Kong option for students and parents. Every year more than 30,000 Hong Kong students study overseas. The UK has been the number one ICT in Education choice for overseas education and in Hong Kong schools are we 2009/2010 there were 19 400 students ll served by the Internet infrastructure; All computers are studying in the UK. networked and connected to the internet via Broadband plus wireless network. E-Learning Since the Education Reform, more students are platforms exist at all schools although the level leaving to study overseas, and doing so at a of sophistication differs from school to school. younger age. This presents opportunities for Currently the Government?s total grant to the UK schools and HEIs to provide a multi- schools for ICT resources is GBP 24 million p.a. pathway to recruit students, eg. Foundation studies and top up degrees. Promotion of e-Learning is high on the Government?s education agenda and the More UK courses and programmes are overall goal of ICT in education is to transform delivered in Hong Kong either as standalone or school education ? from a textbook-based and through partnerships with local institutions. teacher-centred mode to an interative and There are currently more than 1,100 non-local leanrer-centre mode of learning. programmes offered in Hong Kong, 60% of which are from the UK. UK Providers can The Government will take steps to provide consider this option for expanding their grants for schools to try e-Learning resources transnational education business in Hong Kong. and foster a marketplace for the e-Learning industry. Early Learning In support of these aims the government Home learning resources - although a funded the establishment of competitive market, it is also a lucrative one a large scale portal to UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao particularly high-end English learning resources Local students are better catered for in terms for young learners. Well known brands of of schools placement. There are limited places multi-media learning resources (eg Walt at international schools or special schools for Disney) are popular choices at HK$14,950 - students who have special needs. Proven HK$37,086(£1,300 - £3225) per set. English framework for vocational training programmes learning is very popular for young learners, and exit programmes (Post-16) are a key area with British English valued by parents when for the local education ministry. choosing courses for their children. UKTI Hong Kong has a track record working There are a number of early learning centres with the local education ministry on SEN and established in Hong Kong which present a inclusion events to feature resources from the niche market for resources and education UK. Interested vendors should contact the programmes for young learners (pre- UKTI Team in Hong Kong. kindergarten level). Gifted education Curriculum Reform The Government established a Hong Kong The Education Bureau implemented a new Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) in academic structure for senior secondary 2008. The Academy targets students aged 10- education - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary 18 who are either excellent academic achievers Education (HKDSE) since September 2009. The or distinguished performers in specific areas new ?3+3+4? structure (3+3 secondary such as science and technology, performing schools years and 4 Tertiary) has shifted away arts and humanities. The Academy will also from the British-like "5+2+3" articulation. provide training for parents and teachers, carry out research and development, and promote The New Secondary School (NSS) curriculum is the concept of gifted education. UKTI has a broad and balanced curriculum with worked closely with EDB on gifted education diversified choices - Students are only required and will continue to do so with the HKAGE. to take four core subjects (i.e. Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and For more information on HKAGE, see Liberal Studies) and two to three elective subjects in the broad and balanced NSS curriculum. Life long Learning UK vendors are encouraged to explore market As Hong Kong moves into a knowledge-based potential arising from the new curriculum economy, the Government attaches great particularly in the new subject areas such as importance to lifelong learning. A HK$4.6 Applied Learning (Vocational Training) and billion (£0.4 billion) Continuing Education Fund Liberal Studies. (CEF) was set up in April 2002 to provide financial subsidy to adults aged 18-60 in For more information, please see pursuing continuing education and training courses in specific sectors. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their tuition fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$8,625 Special Education Needs (SEN) (£750), on successful completion of an approved course. The Government is encouraging more schools in Hong Kong to serve a more heterogeneous Opportunities exist for UK companies to student cohort with diverse abilities and needs. provide specialised courses, particularly SEN students are learning at both SEN schools Continuous Professional Development courses and mainstream integrated schools. The or other further qualifications. Universities in Government will continue to strengthen and Hong Kong have established separate centres invest heavily in teacher training programmes, to teach such professional development or to equip teachers with the knowledge and skills advanced learning courses. It is also very to address the specific learning needs of their common for these institutes to partner with students to drive towards a more inclusive overseas courses to offer non-local learning environment. The SEN Schools in qualifications in Hong Kong. The UK is a Hong Kong share the same national curriculum market leader in this sector. with the main stream schools. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao Date: 23-24 November 2011 MACAO BETT Show, London There is no National Curriculum nor is there an assessment framework for schools in Macao. Contact: UKTI Education and Skills team Schools in Macao followed either British (Hong Email: Kong), Chinese or the Portuguese Curriculum. Date: 11-14 January 2012 At the beginning of School Year 2008/2009, the total number of schools was 82 including The Education Show, Birmingham Government schools, Private schools (some are subsidised by the Government), and Contact: UKTI Education and Skills team international schools. There are 10 Higher Email: Education Institutions in Macao (Four public Date: 15-17 March 2012 and six private). It is worth noting that a high majority of the students in the HE sectors are In Asia from the Mainland China. Total number of students in Macao is 87,150. In 2008/09 the International and Private Schools total education expenditure was 1.02billion Education Forum, Kuala Lumpur pattacas (£ 8.2m). Date: March 2012 Opportunities in Macao Find full details of all events in this - Assessment of qualifications country and sector on the UKTI website. - CPD courses in Macao (particularly for the New export events are added daily to the site Tourism and Hospitality Industry) and you can register to be alerted to them on a - Leadership and Executive programmes daily, weekly or monthly basis If you have any questions on the opportunities UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this provides grant support for eligible Small & report. Business opportunities aimed Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend specifically at UK companies are added daily to trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our UKTI support for attendance at overseas staff overseas in British Embassies, High events. Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 markets. UKTI contacts You can be alerted to business opportunities on Cecilia Chan a regular basis by registering on the UKTI Assistant Trade Commissioner website. Find out more on UKTI?s business British Consulate-General Hong Kong opportunities service on the UKTI website 1 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty Hong Kong Major events and activities Tel: (00852) 2901 3268 Email: In the UK The Scottish Learning Festival, Glasgow Jacqueline Chui Date: 21-22 September 2011 Trade Adviser British Consulate-General Hong Kong World of Learning Conference & 1 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty Exhibition, Birmingham Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2901 3328 Date: 27-28 September 2011 Email: International and Private Schools Education Forum, London UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Hong Kong and Macao Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Hong Kong and Macao you to meet contacts and promote your market are advised to undertake as much company in the Chinese market market research and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Hong Kong, with its This work is available via our Overseas Market wide local knowledge and experience, can Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable provide a range of services to British-based service which assists British-based companies companies wishing to grow their business in wishing to enter or expand their business in global markets. overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website ? Key market players or potential to find contact details for your local UKTI customers in the Hong Kong market office. ? 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Posted: 15 October 2011

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