WASHINGTON DC, May 3, 2010—On Monday, May 3, the Institute of International Education will host a delegation of higher education leaders from Hong Kong, led by Permanent Secretary for Education Raymond Wong, for a roundtable discussion on Hong Kong's new academic structure.
The delegation and roundtable event are part of the Hong Kong SAR Education Bureau's initiative to strengthen ties with secondary and tertiary educational institutions in the United States. Hong Kong has recently introduced a New Academic Structure (NAS), which aims to prepare Hong Kong (HK) students better for the globalized world. The new structures include a broader and more balanced 3-year curriculum in new senior secondary (NSS) education, which has been in place since September 2009, a new public examination, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination, and an expanded 4-year undergraduate program.
Mr. Wong will give a presentation on the new academic structure during Monday's event. Curriculum changes will extend students’ lifelong learning capabilities and boost core competencies the global economy needs such as communication skills, creative and critical thinking skills, global outlook and civic understanding, interpersonal skills and English skills. A major benefit of the reform is that now all students will have the opportunity to receive 12 years of free education capped by the new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.
The visiting delegation is meeting with officials from academic institutions and higher education organizations in New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco to promote the new academic structure, secure wider international recognition of the Diploma of Secondary Education, and showcase Hong Kong as a regional education hub.
IIE's roundtable discussion will provide DC-based leaders in higher education an opportunity to exchange views on education issues with the Hong Kong delegation and to strengthen educational relations between these two parts of the world.
About IIE's Hong Kong Office
IIE’s Hong Kong office, founded in 1967, assists students and advising centers throughout China with its EducationUSA center, supported by the U.S. Department of State. IIE Hong Kong's educational advisors use web-based tools to provide training and materials and guidance to Chinese students and faculty seeking overseas study and research opportunities. IIE Hong Kong also coordinates a series of annual U.S. Higher Education Fairs in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and in other Asian countries. The office manages scholarship programs for sponsors such as the GE Foundation, KAUST, the Dragon Foundation and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong as well.