Hong Kong eyes Brunei academic exchanges

Hong Kong eyes Brunei academic exchanges
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Hong Kong is eyeing more academic exchanges with Brunei varsities, said a visiting senior official.

Carrie Lam (pictured), Hong Kong's chief secretary for administration, said the city's top universities rank among the best in the world, and would be keen to have student exchange programmes with Bruneian institutions.

"We would like to see more exchanges with young people," Lam told reporters during an interview at The Empire Hotel and Country Club. "Hong Kong has a lot to offer, education services on a world class stage."

"We are seeing more international schools because we want to attract more foreign investors and foreign talents to come to Hong Kong. Bruneian parents may want to send their kids for boarding school in Hong Kong."

She added that Brunei could take advantage of an ASEAN-Hong Kong internship programme - established by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office - where hundreds of students from the former British colony take up internships at companies in various Southeast Asian countries.

In 2015, more than 200 Hong Kong students completed internships in eight out of 10 ASEAN countries.

"I think that this is a very good way to cultivate the relationship between Hong Kong and ASEAN," said Lam.

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