Hong Kong Universities Look for Korean Students
Head of Hong Kong Trade Development
Council Seoul Consultant Office
Seven Hong Kong universities are vying to recruit Korean students as Asian countries are being swept by the South Korean pop culture boom ``hallyu.’’
It is the first attempt by Hong Kong to go into full gear to attract Korean students.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) will bring a delegation of seven leading Hong Kong universities and higher education institutions to the Korean Student Fair, which is to be held in southern Seoul on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a Hong Kong booth during the fair at the Atlantic Hall of the Convention and Exhibition (COEX). It will be the first fair to be staged at the request of Hong Kong universities.
The Hong Kong delegation will highlight the cross-cultural linkages between Hong Kong and South Korea, as well as the reasons why Hong Kong is attractive for studying.
The seven institutions participating at the Hong Kong Pavilion include the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institution of Education, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Chris Maeng, TDC Seoul Consultant Office, said that as South Korea’s international status has been highly fostered and ``hallyu’’ continues to prevail in Hong Kong, too, demand for Korean students has been recently growing.
``Also, Hong Kong is situated in a favorable location as a unique position to explore China as well as an international business center,’’ he told reporters.
He said that it is an unprecedented occasion for Hong Kong universities to visit Korea to attract more Korean students as seven out of the eight universities operating in Hong Kong will come to Korea for the fair.
``Possessing a unique fusion of Chinese and Western culture, Hong Kong is Asia’s international city, and its higher education is increasingly internationalized,’’ he said.
``Many students who choose Hong Kong to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate degree are here to take advantage of Hong Kong’s opportunities, through exposure to international business management at the gateway to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.’’
He said Hong Kong is the optimal learning ground for the next generation of professionals.
Maeng stressed that as China’s most competitive city, foreign students realize that Hong Kong can offer them an excellent launch pad for their careers.
This is a campus of the City University of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council will bring a delegation representing seven leading Hong Kong universities,
including the City University, to the Korean Student Fair at the Convention and Exhibition center in southern Seoul on March 25-26.
``Not only does Hong Kong act as Asia’s prime business gateway to mainland China and a regional financial center, Hong Kong offers abundant career opportunities, since many of the world’s multinational corporations have established their headquarters in Hong Kong.
``Furthermore, the city’s cosmopolitan nature provides a multi-cultural experience for students,’’ he added.
Hong Kong’s universities boast a high number of international students.
In 2004-2005, the number of foreign students studying in Hong Kong stood at 3,728, according to statistics provided by the University Grants Committee.
Among them, 194 students came from Asian countries. Korean students number 35-40, mainly under student exchange programs between Hong Kong and South Korean universities.
Hong Kong students attend primary school for six years and then complete secondary school in five years.
They must pass the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) to enter the two-year high school course.
After passing the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKAL), Hong Kong students attend university for three years, beginning every September.
``Many Hong Kong universities are trying to diversity their student population by attracting international students from more countries, as Hong Kong is an international city,’’ he said.
Korean foreign students are eligible for universities in Hong Kong with the Korean College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT) and TOFEL.
Maeng said that the universities put more emphasis on individual interviews rather than school records.
``For Korean students, the biggest magnet of Hong Kong universities is the business-friendly environment around them as Hong Kong is home to international business and finance centers,’’ he said.
Hong Kong is the international gateway to China in which Korean students are able to gain access to the cultural heritage of China proper.
``Also, English-speaking lectures at the universities are very attractive for Korean students unlike other Asian countries. Thus, studying in Hong Kong universities will help Korean students improve both their English and Chinese. In addition, students in Hong Kong will be given more chances to [enter] Chinese universities,’’ he added.
The schools are offering Chinese language courses, which are also accessed by foreign students, along with English-speaking programs.
On average, foreign students are supposed to pay about 7.5-8 million won in tuition a year, which is comparatively cheaper than educational costs at American universities.
Its educational system, which has been influenced by Western culture, is taking advantage of greater access to multi-national corporations operating in Hong Kong.
So, their job opportunities are much better than in Korea in terms of quality and quantity, he explained.
Hong Kong universities have maintained academic relations with Korean universities. About 30 Korean professors are teaching business administration, finance and politics in Hong Kong universities.
The City University of Hong Kong is currently operating student exchange programs with Pohang University of Science and Technology and also offering a Korean language program, the only such program in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has a student exchange program with Korea University and Yonsei University in business administration.
City University of Hong Kong (City U)
Established in 1984, the university has quickly become a leading provider of quality higher education with over 900 first-rate academic staff recruited from all over the world.As one of the most modern and high-tech universities in Asia, the university offers over 140 academic programs for over 22,000 students. The school boasts diverse studies ranging from science and engineering to the humanities and social sciences, business, law and creative media.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Founded in 1963, the university provides about 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programs through eight faculties; arts, business dministration, education, engineering, law, medicine, science, and social science.
The university currently has an enrollment of over 19,000 students including over 10,000 undergraduates from more than 23 countries.Flexible curriculum structure is based on a credit unit system along with a strong offering in general education and language teaching.
Hong Kong Baptist University
Opened in 1956, the Hong Kong Baptist University is a public-funded institution with a Christian heritage. The university boasts 4,500 full-time undergraduates and 2,000 course-based postgraduates, 300 research-based postgraduates and 200 international visiting students.Nearly 90 percent of faculty members hold at least one degree from overseas.It is a world center for research and development of Chinese Medicine, training Chinese Medicine practitioners and promoting this form of medical care.
Hong Kong Institute of Education
The Hong Kong Institute of Education was established in 1994 by uniting the former Northcote, Grantham and Sir Robert Black Colleges of Education, the Hong Kong technical Teachers’ College and the Institute of Language in Education.The Institute is designed to improve the quality of teacher education at all levels in Hong Kong.It is composed of two faculties: The faculty of languages, arts and sciences, and the faculty of professional and early childhood education as well as a graduate program office.
University of Hong Kong
Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest high education institution in Hong Kong. It has ten faculties such as architecture, arts, business and economics, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, science, and social sciences.The university offers 45 undergraduate degree programs, a number of research degrees and over 100 taught postgraduate programs.The university currently has a student population of over 19,000 students, including over 11,000 undergraduates and more than 8,000 postgraduates, and an academic staff of over 2,300.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, founded in 1991, boasts 8,800 students both in undergraduate and postgraduate schools.
The university is ranked among the top 50 in the world by The Times. Its engineering and IT program was ranked 23rd in the world.The MBA program of the business school was ranked among the top 50 and the Executive MBA (EMBA) program was ranked second in the world by the Financial Times.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, established in 1937, operates six faculties and one school including applied science and textiles, business, communication, construction and land use, engineering, health and social sciences, as well as hotel and tourism management.It has about 7,800 students at the postgraduate level, 12,600 at the undergraduate level and 5,700 at a sub-degree level.
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