Date
22 May 2017
Employers are increasingly looking for recruits who have international experience, cross cultural awareness and diverse language skills. Photo: The Independent
Employers are increasingly looking for recruits who have international experience, cross cultural awareness and diverse language skills. Photo: The Independent

HSBC: Britain is top choice for Hong Kong university students

Britain is the top choice for Hong Kong parents who would consider university abroad for their child.

And more than half of Hong Kong parents would consider such a choice, according to new HSBC survey.

The figure is significantly higher than the global average of 35 percent.

The survey polled 6,241 parents in 15 countries, of which 396 respondents were from Hong Kong.

Better job prospects, exposure to new cultures, international experience and language skills are seen as some of the most important benefits of studying abroad. These are competitive assets for graduates in a challenging job market, which is why student mobility will continue to increase,” said Greg Hingston, head of retail banking and wealth management, Hong Kong at HSBC.

Meanwhile, Globalisation is changing the economy, workplace and, as a result, educational choices.

Employers are increasingly looking for recruits who have international experience, cross cultural awareness and diverse language skills.

About half of the Hong Kong parents surveyed believe an international university education would help their child gain independence (54 percent), boost their foreign language skills (51 percent) and increase their exposure to new experiences, ideas and cultures (47 percent).

Unlike in other countries, 70 percent of Hong Kong parents consider Britain as the preferred destination for their child’s international university education, followed by Australia (53 percent), Canada (42 percent) and the United States (41 percent).

The UK is the leading overseas host for higher education students from Hong Kong, with more than 15,000 heading there to study in 2013/14.

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