SMART
PEOPLE

Smart People

CURRENT STATUS

Kindergarten Education Scheme

About 90% of the half-day programmes of kindergartens joining the kindergarten education scheme are free

Free Primary and Secondary Education

12 years' free primary and secondary education

STEM-related Elective Subjects
60% of senior secondary students studied one or more STEM-related elective subjects in 2019/20 and all have to study Mathematics as a core (i.e. compulsory) subject
Universities funded by University Grants Committee
8 public universities funded by Government through the University Grants Committee (UGC)
UGC-funded Undergraduate Programme

2019/20

86 867 students studying UGC-funded undergraduate programmes

  • 30 580 (35%) of them studied STEM-related programmes
UGC-funded Taught and Research Postgraduate Programmes

2019/20

11 251 students studying UGC-funded taught and research postgraduate programmes

  • 5 412 (48%) of them studied STEM-related postgraduate programmes
Gross Domestic Expenditure on R&D

2019

R&D funding

  • Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) 
    HK$26,333 million
    (+ 8% when compared with 2018 (HK$22,497 million))
Civil Servants Attended Various I&T-related Training

2020-21

About 62 000 civil servants attended various I&T-related training