Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London

2019 Student Competition
“Hong Kong – Asia’s creative hub”

UK secondary school students are now being offered a chance to win a place at a university summer school in Hong Kong!

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London launched for the eighth time the Student Competition with the title “Hong Kong – Asia’s creative hub” this year. The objective of the Competition is to enable British students to learn more about and experience Hong Kong’s vibrant creative industries.

The Competition offered UK sixth form secondary school students the chance to win a free trip to Hong Kong to attend a summer school programme at a Hong Kong university and have a genuine taste of the university campus life. Sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways and supported by the British Council, the Competition has the participation of three key universities in Hong Kong.

To join the Competition, students are invited to to compare the situation and developments between Hong Kong and a UK city in their respective policies and measures to support any one of the creative industries’ sectors, i.e. film, television, music, design, architecture or digital entertainment. Suggestions on how to further deepen relationship between Hong Kong and the UK in the selected sector, or suggestions on how Hong Kong could enhance its current work in supporting that particular sector will have added bonus. Students are free to present their submissions through any possible means, such as designing a dedicated website, preparing an essay, recording a video clip or uploading a post in a blog, etc. For essay and blog post, each should consist of no more than 2000 words whilst the duration of a video clip should not be more than 5 minutes. Contestants should submit their entries with an application form by the following means –
a. By post to Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, 18 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA; or
b. By email to competition@hketolondon.gov.hk

Five winners will be selected and entries will be judged based on content, creativity and presentation.

To be eligible for the competition, the contestants must be –

  1. a British citizen holding a UK passport and without right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong;
  2. sixth form (Grade 12 or Grade 13) and studying full time at a secondary school in the UK;
  3. able to speak fluent English;
  4. given the consent to participate in the Competition by his/her parent or legal guardian; and
  5. able to support him/herself financially whilst in Hong Kong.

The Competition starts to receive entries today and the deadline for application is 15 May 2019.

Let's hear what the past winners say about their visits to Hong Kong!

“I can truly reflect upon my time out there saying it was great. A month in Asia, how many teenagers have this kind of opportunity? More so, how many decide to take it?” by Thibau Grumett, one of the winners for the 2018 competition

"I had thoroughly enjoyed my time studying in Hong Kong. I had made many new friends, experienced a completely different culture and gained an invaluable insight into university life." by Michael McGrade, one of the winners for the 2017 competition

"Hong Kong is a beautiful and practical city; the people I met were warm, friendly and welcoming- a true asset to their international city." by Alex White, one of the winners for the 2016 competition

"This trip has strengthened me as a person – it has given me independence and courage and has greatly improved my confidence." by Natalie Dearden, one of the winners for the 2015 competition

For further information about the competition, please see the 2019 Student Competition Information Note (pdf) or email competition@hketolondon.gov.hk.