Why study in Hong Kong?
What comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong? A crazy, busy city and fastpaced madness? A shopper’s paradise with bargains galore and rude shopkeepers? These are just some facets of this bustling city – did you know that it is also one of the best places to study?
- High quality of education: Hong Kong’s universities rank among the top universities in the world; five of the world’s top 100 universities for mathematics are in Hong Kong. This is also the case for statistics, modern languages, and accounting and finance. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been ranked first in Asia as per the QS World University rankings, and in addition, three of the top 15 Asian universities are in Hong Kong. Since the education system is broadly compatible with that of mainland China, it is possible to participate in exchange programmes and gain credits with universities in China, if the student is so inclined.
- Closer to home: Hong Kong is just five hours (on average) away from most big cities in India. This can be of immense comfort to parents who would like their child to get a world-class education but do not want to send him very far away from home.
- Less expensive: The cost of education in Hong Kong for international students is lower when compared to other countries like the USA, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, there are a number of government scholarships available for non-local students to help with tuition fees and the cost of living.
- Visas and employment: The Government is determined to make Hong Kong a regional education hub, and is introducing many measures towards this end. In recent years, quota limits on international students attending public universities have being raised from 10 to 20%. Restrictions on entry visas have been relaxed and non-local graduates are allowed to stay in Hong Kong for one year after graduation in order to find a job.
- A vibrant Asian city: Hong Kong truly has something for everyone. The tall skyscrapers that rival Manhattan and up-market designer shopping right next to bustling oriental markets contribute to a heady mix of Eastern and Western culture (through cuisine, architecture and attitudes) that is fun to explore and experience!
Universities in Hong Kong
There are eight government-funded universities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). In addition, a few international universities have their Asian campus located in Hong Kong (These institutes function as arms of their parent institutions, and applications have to be made individually to them). Hong Kong’s public universities are undergoing a major redesign that will see a shift away from the Britishinspired three-year degree programmes to American-style four-year degrees.
- University of Hong Kong (HKU): This is Hong Kong’s oldest university and was established in 1911. HKU is a comprehensive research-led university with ten faculties and numerous research centres on the island. Ranked 35th in the world and third in Asia, it has around 20,000 students, of which 10% are international students from over 40 countries. About 45% of academic staff is drawn from overseas, mostly from leading universities in the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, and a number of Asian countries.
- Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU): This is Hong Kong’s second oldest university, with a Christian education heritage. The university has five main campuses and around 10,500 undergraduate and post-graduate students. HKBU has a strong research focus, and has over 35 research centres around the SAR.
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST): Although this is one of Hong Kong’s youngest universities, it may well be the most dynamic. Its strong emphasis on cutting-edge research and quality education has put HKUST among the world’s top-ranked universities – it is ranked 33rd in the world and first in Asia. HKUST provides its students with an internationally recognised education in engineering, science, business, and management from undergraduate to doctoral levels.
- City University of Hong Kong (CityU):Ranking 95th in the world and 12th in Asia, this university offers more than 130 academic programmes and is world renowned in areas such as Linguistics, Statistics and the Social Sciences. CityU has a student body of 18,000.
- Lingnan University: This is the only liberal arts university in the Hong Kong SAR, and offers undergraduate, research and taught postgraduate programmes to over 2,400 students. It has a small student body and is therefore able to provide close faculty student relationships. It is one of Hong Kong’s oldest educational institutions.
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU): This is the largest governmentfunded university in Hong Kong, and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in several areas such as Accounting & Finance, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Modern Languages and Statistics & Operational Research. PolyU runs more than 170 undergraduate andpostgraduate programmes.
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK): Another old and well established university with a strong focus on research, the CUHK internationally known for its achievements in physics and mathematics. It offers a college system as well as a flexible credit system that is not generally offered in the SAR. CUHK’s programmes are grouped under five focus areas – Chinese Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Information Sciences, Economics and Finance, and Geo-Information and Earth Sciences. The institution boasts faculty members who are Nobel Laureates.