Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London

Competition

"Hong Kong: A Dream Destination for University Study!"


Background
Hong Kong is Asia's world city, a place where East meets West, blending Chinese and Western cultures. We have a complete and diverse higher education system, with a number of outstanding universities that rank prominently in world league tables. Our institutions also provide an internationally recognised curriculum and quality assurance mechanism.

There are many Hong Kong students pursuing higher education in the UK, and we would like to encourage more UK students to study in Hong Kong. In order to do so, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London ("the Organiser") invites sixth form secondary school pupils (Grade 12 or Grade 13) in the UK to take part in the "Hong Kong: A Dream Destination for University Study" competition ("the Competition").

The Competition and Assessment Criteria
The Competition was first launched in 2012. The objective of the Competition is to enable British students to better understand Hong Kong's advantages as a regional education hub and to consider pursuing tertiary education in Hong Kong.

There are many reasons why British students should consider Hong Kong as a destination to pursue higher education. However, instead of setting them out here, we have created this Competition which invites pupils to find out for themselves: to conduct research on this subject and then present their findings through any means, such as an essay, a video clip on youtube, a post in a blog, etc.

A judging panel will consider the entries received and evaluate them in terms of content, creativity and presentation.

Prizes
The best FIVE entries ("the Winners") will be sponsored to visit Hong Kong and study at one of the summer courses for high school students at a Hong Kong university (The duration of the courses varies depending on the programme).

Timetable of the Competition

Stage Date
Commencement of applications 25 February 2014
Deadline of application 22 April 2014
Assessment by Judging Panel Early May 2014 (exact date to be confirmed)
Announcement of Results Early May 2014 (exact date to be confirmed)
Confirmation of flight details by winners (e.g. departure dates for inbound and outbound flights) Mid-May 2014 (10 working days after the announcement of results)
Pre-departure briefing in London Early June 2014
Post-trip sharing session, writing of article August 2014


Eligibility
To be eligible for the competition, the contestants must be -
a. a British citizen without right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong;
b. sixth form (Grade 12 or Grade 13) and studying full time at a secondary school in the UK [Note: The Winners will need to apply for a study visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department before entering Hong Kong for study. If below 18 years of age, the Winner will also need to find a legal guardian (could be the Winner’s relative / friend in Hong Kong) whilst in Hong Kong.];
c. able to speak fluent English;
d. given the consent to participate in the Competition by his/her parent or legal guardian; and
e. able to support him/herself financially whilst in Hong Kong.

Application
Contestants should submit their entries with an application form by the following means -
a. By post to Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, 6 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EQ; or
b. By email to competition@hketolondon.gov.hk

Please read the detailed terms of the Competition in the information note before completing the application form. The documents are available to download at Student_Exchange_Information_Note_(24.02.14).doc (Doc)

Student_Exchange_Information_Note_(24.02.14).pdf (PDF)

Deadline

22 April 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

For entries uploaded to the internet (such as blogs or youtube videos), it is sufficient to include the internet address of the relevant site in the application form.

And More......

Want to find out more about the campus life in Hong Kong or explore the city?

Please click the following link to view the video by the 2012 Winners and see what they say!

Ian Headley, Brighton

Mikaela Belcher, Dorset

Daniel Aldred, Gloucestor

Christopher Simpson, Glasgow

Summaya Mughal, Nottingham

Or view the photo gallery for 2013 tea gathering before winners' departure for Hong Kong

http://www.hketolondon.gov.hk/photo/2013_HK_students.html

Or view the photo gallery for the 2012 welcoming reception for winners at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

http://www.polyu.edu.hk/iao/gallery.php?id=75

Or view the video produced by the Information Services Department of HKSARG on the university life of the 2012 winners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzZX_aLtPBw

Enquiries
For enquiries, please contact Mr CS Lau, Assistant Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, at 020 7290 8208.

Sponsor
Cathay Pacific Airways

Participating Institutions
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Hong Kong

Supporting Organisation
British Council

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London
February 2014