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Hong Kong Higher Education System Overview

November 11, 2017

EasyUni Staff


Currently, there are eight  baccalaureate-granting universities and 11 other tertiary institutions without university status. All the tertiary institutions offer a wide array of high quality programmes including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, as well as associate degrees and higher diplomas. For students who fail to gain entrance to a degree programme, studying an associate degree or a higher diploma, which may articulate with a degree course later on, is a popular option. It is also possible to gain a course transfer form a successfully completed post-secondary degree into an overseas degree programme with credit transfer.


(Image: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)


Hong Kong hosts many world-class universities. Of the 19 local universities in Hong Kong, three were ranked within the global top 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 and another three within the top 300. Hong Kong universities also host the world’s best executive business management programmes. They also offer a wide array of joint programmes in collaboration with prestigious universities around the world.


Eight institutions funded by the public through the UGC:

  • City University of Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Lingnan University

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education

  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • The University of Hong Kong


Eight self-financing institutions:

  • The Open University of Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University

  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education

  • Hang Seng Management College

  • Tung Wah College

  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education

  • Centennial College

  • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council


The publicly-funded institution:

  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


(Credit to Education Post)

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