Friday, April 4, 2014, 13:00
24% more HK students pick UK for higher studies
By chinadailyasia.com

HONG KONG - More than 4,600 Hong Kong students chose the United Kingdom as a destination for undergraduate studies during 2012-13, a sharp rise of 24 percent year on year.

A study by the Higher Education Funding Council for England shows that more than 1,000 Hongkongers entered postgraduate programs in England during the same period, up 4 percent compared with the previous year.

Meanwhile, the number of students from the Chinese mainland taking postgraduate courses in England jumped 44 percent year on year to 8,300.

The Hong Kong student increase was against a backdrop of a decline in the overall number of overseas students in England for the first time in three decades. The followed decision of UK-based colleges and institutions to raise tuition fees and after immigration requirements were tightened in the past years.

Hongkongers can apply for a visa to attend universities in England. They are also qualified for a post-study scheme that enables them to work in the United Kingdom for up to two years.