Even though, the street is quieting down after the largest pro-democracy protest, the darkness of deep disappointment has arisen in Hong Kong people's hearts. Studying abroad used to be for rich people's kids who could not do well in school. However, now more and more middle-class parents are seeking ways to send their children out of Hong Kong.
Studying abroad seems to be the best course of action to take for the young generation to escape from the political and educational turmoil, according to Apple Daily, Hong Kong. (1/25/2015)
In 2013-14, about 12,000 people from Hong Kong chose to study abroad. The number is 25% more than that of 1998, a year after the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from UK to China. In 2013-14, 46% of Hong Kong people who chose to study abroad went to UK while 27.6% headed to the US, 18.3% to Austrailia and only 8% to Canada.
What makes Hong Kong government worried is many of its people studying abroad are top students who are disappointed in the reforms at home. This trend could have an enormous impact on Hong Kong's future supply of quality manpower.
Can US schools penetrate deeper in the study-abroad market in Hong Kong, where UK dominates the market? My believe is a big "YES, " because UK is still learning to copy America's melting pot culture while US has established a long history of doing such. US could do a lot better than UK in embracing the diversity of international cultures. People from Hong Kong should feel a lot more comfortable and feel more like home in the US than they could be in UK.
In addition, Hong Kong is one of the top 25 places of origin of international students in the US. There was an increase in the number of students from Hong Kong to the US in 2013-14, indicated in the latest report of the OPEN DOORs.
Thanks to Hong Kong's political instability, the demand for US education has started its momentum.