Hong Kong

City Profile

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is located at the south-eastern tip of China, Hong Kong covers Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, including 262 outlying islands. Between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula lies Victoria Harbour, one of the world’s most renowned deep-water harbours. Hong Kong’s population was approximately 7.07 million in 2011. People of Chinese descent comprise the vast majority of the population, with foreign nationals comprising 6.4%.

Education System

Hong Kong government provides nine years’ free and universal primary and junior secondary education to all children attending public sector schools. Starting from the 2008/09 school year, senior secondary education is provided free through public sector schools. In addition, with effect from the 2008/09 school year, the Government provides full subvention for full-time courses run by the Vocational Training Council for Secondary 3 leavers to offer an alternative free avenue for senior secondary students outside mainstream education.

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Research group

Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development


Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Research Team

Prof. Rupert Maclean
Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development
Email: maclean@ied.edu.hk     Tel: (852) 2948 6455

Prof. Lee, Chi Kin, John
Email: jcklee@ied.edu.hk        Tel: (852) 2948 6311

Prof. Mok, Mo Ching Magdalena
Email: mmcmok@ied.edu.hk            Tel: (852) 2948 7704

Mr William Douglas
Email: douglas@ied.edu.hk      Tel: (852) 2948 8719

Miss Kwok, Sin Yan, Ada
Email: kwoksy@ied.edu.hk      Tel: (852) 2948 6329

Ms Sam Chi Ah Sylvia
Email: scasam@ied.edu.hk            Tel: (852) 2948 8325