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Education System: Hong Kong
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From July 1, 1997, Hong Kong has been made a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the PRC. Since then, the principle of "one country, two systems" has been applied, which means that Hong Kong has retained its own educational system. The government of the SAR is responsible for all questions pertaining to education in Hong Kong and thus operates independently from the Ministry of Education in Beijing.

The current formal educational system still largely conforms to the system which until well into the 1970s was in place in Great Britain. Since 2000, however, profound reforms have be…

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Kai-ming, Cheng, “Education System: Hong Kong”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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