Saturday 27 January 2018

Increasing numbers of Hong Kong students seek  quality UK education

More Tier 4 student visas issued in Q1–Q3 2017 vs. previous year despite shrinking student population 

The latest statistics show an increasing number of Hong Kong students studying in the UK. Between Q1 and Q3 2017, 8,794 students (across all levels of study) were issued Tier 4 student visas to study in the UK, an increase of 3.7 per cent as compared to the same period in 2016. This was despite fewer candidates sitting the DSE exam in 2017 (61,669 candidates registered for the exam, a drop of 9% against 2016), due to a shrinking student population. The growth in Tier 4 visa issuance in an environment of fewer students in Hong Kong reflects the ongoing attractiveness of UK education. 

‘The demand for quality, world-class UK education remains strong among Hong Kong families. The UK offers a welcoming environment, academic excellence, value for money compared with other overseas education destinations, and the international exposure prepares students for their future careers when they return to Hong Kong,’ said Steve Corry, Head of Education Marketing Services at the British Council. ‘We expect this trend to be stable and sustainable.’   

Organised by the British Council, this year’s Study UK Exhibition on 27 and 28 January features over 100 independent schools, further education colleges and universities. At the exhibition, parents and students can explore a diverse range of study options, from primary to postgraduate level, receive free consultations, and attend a series of seminars delivered by UK colleges, universities and other educational institutions, as well as seminars delivered by UK alumni and local celebrities.

Pre-registration data for the exhibition suggests that there are a wide variety of subjects which Hong Kong students are interested in studying at university level.  The top five subject areas that registrants are expressing interest in are Business and Administrative Studies; Health and Medicine; Law; Humanities and Computer and Mathematical Science. 

Highlights of seminars include: a sharing session by Silvia Mak, mother of recent University of Cambridge alumna and former Miss Hong Kong Louisa Mak, about nurturing an award-winning child; and a session by Uncle Siu, an influencer on social media, sharing tips on how students can write an impressive personal statement to include as part of their applications to UK colleges and universities. 

For event details, please visit: www.britishcouncil.hk/en/events/study-uk-exhibition-2018 

Photo link:  

https://www.dropbox.com/s/72mw6vhseyn8ij7/British_Council_Study%20UK%20E...

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For more information, contact Daphne Ho (Assistant Manager, Communications) on +852 2913 5266 or daphne.ho@britishcouncil.org.hk

 

 

Notes to Editor

Seminar Programme

Venue: Seminar Room, Hall 5G, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai  

27 January 2018

Time

Topics

1.20 - 1.50 p.m.

Set out on your UK education adventure: discovering the right course at the right university

 

by EF Education First – University Preparation Abroad

1.50 - 2.20 p.m.

Sub-degree programmes as an ‘alternative’ pathway to university education

 

by Oxford Brookes University

2.30 -  3.00 p.m.

Impress your dream university with a great personal statement (require pre-registration: goo.gl/tfEuTQ)

 

by the British Council and Uncle Siu

3.00 -  3.30 p.m.

Preparing your child for a place at a top-ranking university

 

by Ruthin School

3.30 – 4.00 p.m.

Medical Sciences open up career possibilities that go beyond your imagination

 

by the University of Exeter

4.00 - 4.30 p.m.

Routes towards a law career in Hong Kong and the UK

 

by BPP University

4.30 - 6.00p.m.

Education UK practical workshop series

4.30 - 5.00pm

 

Preparing for the IELTS test* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

by the British Council

 

5.00 - 5.30pm

 

Top tips for students living in the UK* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

by UK alumni

 

5.30 - 6.00pm

A walk through the UCAS application process* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

by the British Council

28 January 2018

Time

Topics

1.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Tips for students applying for Art and Design programs in the UK: getting the most out of your portfolio!

 

by Birmingham City University

2.00 - 2.30 p.m.

Get to know the pros and cons of projects, work experience and placements for starting your career!

 

by Staffordshire University

2.30 -  3.00 p.m.

Impress your target UK university with a great application!

 

by the University of Nottingham

3.00 -  3.30 p.m.

A personal encounter with Mrs Silvia Mak: a champion mum sharing her insights into nurturing an award-winning child

 

by the British Council and Mrs Silvia Mak

3.30 – 4.00 p.m.

Engineering – a better future for yourself

 

by Swansea University

4.00 - 4.30 p.m.

Understanding Medicine as a study and career option: what to and what not to expect?

 

by Oxford International College

4.30 - 6.00p.m.

Education UK practical workshop series

4.30 - 5.00pm

 

Preparing for the IELTS test* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

by the British Council

 

5.00 - 5.30pm

 

Top tips for students living in the UK* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

by UK alumni

 

5.30 - 6.00pm

 

 

A walk through the UCAS application process* (to be conducted in Cantonese)

 

by the British Council

 

 

About the British Council

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