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Hong Kong – an ideal place for developing career or furthering studies

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September 28, 2017

            The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) hosted an information talk on September 26 at the University of Toronto to encourage students to develop their careers or further their studies in Hong Kong.

Speaking at the talk, the Deputy Director of HKETO, Mr Nick Choi, said that Hong Kong is an international city with both Chinese and English as official languages.  The rule of law, clean and efficient government, low and simple tax regime, low unemployment rate and its strategic geographical location are all the factors that make Hong Kong an ideal place for career development and starting a business.

Mr Choi also gave details of various admission schemes, including the General Employment Policy, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, and the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents, which were rolled out by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. These admission schemes aim to attract talents, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop their careers or starting their businesses in Hong Kong. 

In addition, Mr Choi introduced to the students the Native-speaking English Teacher Scheme which aims to enhance the teaching of English Language in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools and increase exposure of students to English.  The application deadline of the scheme is January 26, 2018.

Mr Choi also briefed the students that HKSAR Government is recruiting different civil service posts including Administrative Officers (AOs).  Hong Kong permanent residents studying or residing overseas are also eligible to apply. 

“The Administrative Service is a cadre of professional administrators who play a key role in the Government of HKSAR,” Mr Choi said.  “Members of the Administrative Service are involved in policy formulation, resource allocation, implementation of major government programmes.  They may also have the opportunity to promote the interests of Hong Kong at the offices in Mainland China and overseas.”

Other than AOs, the HKSAR Government is also recruiting other civil service posts including Executive Officers (EOs) and Assistant Trade Officers (ATOs). For the convenience of those studying or residing outside Hong Kong, the recruitment examination for the post of AO, EO and ATO would be held in seven overseas cities including Toronto and Vancouver on December 2, 2017.  The deadline of application for these posts is October 6, 5pm (Hong Kong time).  

Mr Choi reminded the applicants who wish to apply for these civil service posts that they should have the requisite Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) results.  Persons who have not obtained the requisite requirements can sit at the examination to be held in Toronto and Vancouver also on December 2.  Details relating to the CRE and the Basic Law Test as well as the online application system are available on the website of the Civil Service Bureau (  

On further studies, Hong Kong has a number of world renowned universities which offer diversified study programmes.  The HKSAR Government also made available numerous scholarships including the HKC-APEC Scholarship and PhD Fellowship Scheme which makes Hong Kong an ideal place for Canadian graduates to further their studies.

Canadian youths can also travel to Hong Kong and experience the amazing city by applying for the Working Holiday Scheme which aims to facilitate cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada.  Canadian passport holders aged between 18 and 30 are eligible for applying for the Scheme.  Successful applicants of the Scheme would be allowed to stay in Hong Kong for not more than 12 months and they may take up short-term employment and/or enrol in short-term study or training courses while they are on holiday in Hong Kong.  The quota for the Scheme has been increased from 200 to 240 this year.

On September 25, HKETO also held a similar information talk at the McMaster University.  It will continue to host similar sessions at different universities in the west coast in early October.  Details are as follows:

Date and Time


October 4, 3pm - 4pm

University of Alberta

October 5, 12pm - 1pm

University of Calgary

October 5, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

City of Richmond
(Joint information talk for students of University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University)



The Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Mr Nick Choi, speaks at an information talk at the University of Toronto. He encouraged the students to seize the opportunities to develop their careers or further their studies in Hong Kong.

Mr Choi speaks at an information talk at the University of Calgary on October 5. He introduced to the students about the job and studying opportunities in Hong Kong.

Mr Choi speaks at the joint information talk organized for the students of University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University on October 5. He encouraged the students to seize the opportunities to develop their careers or further their studies in Hong Kong.

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