Friday 15 August 2014


British Council Education UK exhibition attracted 2,000 visitors on first day

The British Council’s Education UK exhibition commenced today with representatives from nearly 70 UK schools, colleges, and universities offering free consultation and immediate enrolment opportunities for around 2,000 students and parents on the first day. The exhibition also runs tomorrow from 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at the Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kowloon Bay.

According to the 2014 figures released by UCAS, the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service, applications to UK colleges and universities have risen by 7.9 per cent over the same period last year. By the end of June, UCAS had received 6,753 applications for entry to UK higher education this September and this number is expected to increase after the exhibition.

Steve Corry, Regional Business Development Manager at British Council, said “Hong Kong students are attracted to studying in the UK due to its quality education, diversity, and multicultural environment, making it the top overseas study destination for higher education. In 2012/13, UK accounted for 56 per cent of local students leaving Hong Kong for higher education study compared with other English-speaking countries. We are pleased to see a considerable increase in Hong Kong students applying to UK colleges and universities through UCAS, and the positive feedback from our Education UK student ambassadors on their study experiences in the UK.”

Students who wish to apply for 2014/15 undergraduate courses in the UK should seize this last chance. UCAS will still accept new applications for 2014/15 courses until 20 September, while the last day to add a Clearing choice of subject is 22 October. However, students are advised to contact universities and colleges directly to discuss vacancies.

In addition, a series of seminars will be available to help students make informed study decisions about their further studies. Students and parents can understand the pathways between the UK and Hong Kong education systems, obtain up-to-date information on the admissions requirements of individual institutions, and gain better understanding on the UCAS application journey. A taster lecture and a talk on employability are also available so that students can understand what they could expect from their university life and after they complete their studies. Students can also benefit from personal sharing of the UK university student life, local culture and tips for preparation given by Education UK students ambassadors at the pre-departure briefing.

The British Council IELTS team will be offering guidance on the application process and will deliver two seminars to provide tips on how to prepare for the exam. An award ceremony of the 2014 British Council IELTS Scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate study overseas will also take place on 16 August 2014 at the exhibition.

For pre-registration and event details, please visit the British Council’s website at .Besides, the public can join the online game of Education UK exhibition for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including Mr Bean Folder, Virgin Atlantic souvenir or a round trip ticket to London. The British Council has also launched a new online guide to study in the UK for students to understand more about UK education. The guide can be downloaded at

Notes to Editor

Seminar programme:

Room 729, 7/F, Kowloon bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Kowloon Bay

16 August 2014 (Saturday)




1.15 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Preparing for the IELTS test*

British Council

2.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.

A pathway and portfolio guide to studying Art and Design in the UK

The University for the Creative Arts

2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

The right course and the right university: How to choose?

University of Reading

3.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

International foundation course – pathway to UK higher education explained

EF Education First

3.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Employability: How UK universities prepare you for career success

Aston University

4.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

Pre-departure briefing*

British Council

The above seminars will be conducted in English except those marked with*, which will be conducted in Cantonese. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.