ERIC Number: EJ827601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
European Languages and Culture in Hong Kong: Trade or Education?
European Journal of Education, v44 n1 p53-64 Mar 2009
Hong Kong Government policy is to promote Hong Kong as an international education hub for the region. This may be more rhetoric than reality. The article surveys the historical background of Hong Kong in terms of its role as a trading centre, a gateway to China and a meeting place for East and West for which interchange with European languages and cultures has been important. The development of education policy within Hong Kong as far as the European dimension is involved is also reviewed. In addition, the development of global trade in educational services is touched upon which thus far has been heavily Anglo-centric. In terms of Hong Kong itself, an analysis is presented of overseas educational programmes available in Hong Kong from Europe. The extent of European languages and studies provided in the school, university and lifelong learning sectors is surveyed. The work of European consulates in promoting languages and culture through such organisations as the Alliance Francaise, Goethe Instituta, etc. is another important part of provision. The article makes passing reference to the neighbouring territory of Macau and the importance there of Portuguese. The article concludes that for European studies and languages, the role of Hong Kong as a trading and financial hub has been a more significant stimulant than the Hong Kong government's policy for Hong Kong to be an international education hub.
Descriptors: International Education, Lifelong Learning, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Educational Policy, History, International Trade, Second Language Learning, Cultural Education, International Organizations, Role, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong