Hong Kong high-schoolers heading for Queensland

Tuesday 2 April, 2019 | By: Ella Schalch and Trade & Investment Queensland

Parents, teenagers and education agents gathered in Hong Kong recently to hear how Queensland high schools can help international students learn the skills they need for 21st-century success.

More than 70 people attended a forum with a panel of Queensland high-school principals, who were in town as part of an Independent Schools Queensland mission to Hong Kong.

Nine independent schools participated in events organised by TIQ Hong Kong to help spread the word about Queensland’s world-class education offering.

The principals’ forum was moderated by Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for China and Hong Kong Julie-Anne Nichols.

Ms Nichols said that Queensland’s holistic learning model was very different from a typical Hong Kong education.

‘Hong Kong schooling typically focuses on traditional core skills and STEM,’ she said.

‘In comparison, Queensland high schools take a more holistic approach that emphasises students’ emotional intelligence, independence, analytical skills and risk appetite in preparing them for their ongoing education and working life.’

Ms Nichols said TIQ was delighted to support the Hong Kong leg of the mission, which was coordinated by Mariana Lane from Independent Schools Queensland and also visited Macau and Taiwan.

As at December 2018, 3,321 students from Hong Kong were studying in Queensland, with around 10% enrolled in schools.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Mission participants

  • All Saints Anglican School
  • Caloundra City Private School
  • Clayfield College
  • Ipswich Grammar School
  • John Paul International College
  • Redeemer Lutheran College
  • St Paul’s School
  • The Glennie School
  • West Moreton Anglican College
  • Independent Schools Queensland

This article was originally published on Trade & Investment Queensland

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