Universities in Hong Kong

There are 22 degree-awarding higher education institutes in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong there are four main categories of tertiary institutions: universities funded by the public under the University Grants Committee, self-funded (or private) institutions, public institutions funded by the Hong Kong government, and institutions that award certificates up to the sub-degree level.

International universities with campuses in Hong Kong include Chicago Booth (The University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and UIU (Upper Iowa University).

In the field of executive education, Hong Kong is a major international player, attracting students from mainland China and around the world.

The Hong Kong government has implemented a flexible visa policy encouraging non-local graduates to stay and work in the city (allowing them to stay for one year to look for work). In addition, more and more students from mainland China are starting to see Hong Kong as a good alternative to studying in western countries, and this in turn is drawing more foreign institutions to set up a campus in the territory.

There are some post-secondary study opportunities in Hong Kong for expatriates. If you are interested in Asian and Chinese studies, for example, you can enroll as an external student at the University of Hong Kong or at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Visit the EDB website for a complete list of degree-awarding higher education institutes in Hong Kong.

Continuing Education Centers

There are a number of universities in Hong Kong offering continuing education courses without prerequisites.

Many of these learning centers operate multiple locations around the territory to make attending classes more convenient.

In addition to continuing education available locally, there are many distance-learning programs with the option of online courses.

Business Schools and Executive Education

Also available in Hong Kong are part-time MBA programs and executive education offered by local business organizations affiliated with overseas schools.

Hong Kong boasts some of the world’s top business education programs, and senior executives fly in from all over the world to study here. Take your career to the next level with an MBA or EMBA program from one of the following institutions.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong offers a two-year part-time EMBA program.

The University of Hong Kong
HKU offers a full-time 14-month MBA program, in partnership with London Business School and Columbia Business School. Classes of the part-time MBA program take place either on weekdays or weekends and afford students a high degree of flexibility.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program, a partnership between HKUST and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is consistently ranked among the world’s best. The Financial Times has ranked it the number one or two EMBA program in the world for the past three years.

University of Chicago Booth School of Business
In 2018 the Chicago Booth Executive MBA program moved to a sleek new campus, built on a historically important site in Pokfulam on Hong Kong Island.

The Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

The Continuing Education Fund subsidizes course fees for adults who pursue continuing education and other training courses.

Those eligible to receive the subsidy must be Hong Kong residents who have the right of abode or the right to land or remain in Hong Kong without restriction. The letter “A” (right of abode), “R” (right to land) or “U” (remain in Hong Kong without restriction) will appear on the Hong Kong Smart ID card just below the date of birth. (Most expats living in Hong Kong on an employment or dependant visa will not qualify.)

Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80 percent of their course fees on successful completion of a reimbursable course, up to a maximum of HK$10,000. Reimbursements can be given for more than one course, subject to the HK$10,000 cap for all courses completed.

Reimbursable courses are approved by the Secretary for Labour and Welfare. Information on reimbursable courses, eligible applicants and registered course providers can be obtained from the website of the office of the Continuing Education Fund.

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