Thursday, January 13, 2011

Education centre opened by Hong Kong in India 

A delegation from Hong Kong recently visited Delhi and announced the opening up of their education centre in India. The delegation comprised of experts from the field of education and representatives from eight institutions: the City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Lingnan University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong. It also met HRD minister Kapil Sibal.

 Hong Kong’s permanent secretary for education said, “The setting up of the India office signifies that both India and Hong Kong are important to each other. We hope to establish long-term relations with India.” The present collaboration is only at institutional and student level. It is also expected to come up at research level soon and also attract students at graduate and post graduate level. 

Hong Kong is an international city and has world-class institutions. Its two universities are among the top 50 in QS 2010 rankings and four among 150 in the Times ranking. Around 130 Indian students are studying in Hong Kong with a total of 9300 international students. Tuition fees there ranges anything between US$9000 to US$13000 a year.  

There scholarships available for foreign students in Hong Kong for providing them financial support. There is a HK$1 billion government scholarship.  

Non-local recipients can get government scholarship of HK$80,000 i.e. around Rs 470,000. There is also PhD Fellowship Scheme to attract students from different countries who can receive HK$240,000 (around R1.4 million) a year in stipend with other research-related allowances.

Source: The Hindustan Times.

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