A Review on the Admission Policies of Hong Kong Universities for Non-local Students from Mainland China

  • Haoran XieEmail author
  • Di Zou
  • Tak-Lam Wong
  • Fu Lee Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1048)


Students from Mainland China are the largest group of non-local students for Hong Kong universities in recent years. To attract more Mainland students and smoothen their application processes, the admission policies of Hong Kong universities are becoming increasingly more compatible for students from Mainland by recognizing various qualifications and standard examinations (e.g., Joint Entrance Exam For Universities in PRC, College English Test and Test for English Majors). However, the quick increasing amount of Mainland students in Hong Kong universities has brought various social issues concerning arguments about the medium of instructions, Hong Kong-mainland contradictions and so on. To understand how the various policy text, this essay reviews the admission policies of Hong Kong universities and related issues from three aspects: institution categories, programme levels, and place of origin. Furthermore, research questions such as what broader politics surround the policy issue, which institutions/actors are involved in the policy process and what the outcomes are answered by employing the political system theories. The social problems related to the admission policies will be examined and discussed, solutions for which will also be proposed.


Hong Kong universities Admission policies Non-local students Mainland students 



This article is based on part of Haoran Xie’s course essay (EDUCD0068 Educational Policy) for the fulfilment of the Doctor of Education programme, which was submitted to the University of Bristol in 2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haoran Xie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Di Zou
    • 2
  • Tak-Lam Wong
    • 3
  • Fu Lee Wang
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Information TechnologyThe Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong SAR, China
  2. 2.Department of English Language EducationThe Education University of Hong KongTai PoHong Kong SAR, China
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and Information SystemDouglas CollegeNew WestminsterCanada
  4. 4.School of Science and TechnologyThe Open University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong SAR, China

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