Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Education touches everyone in the community in ways other industries and sectors do not. Beyond parents and students, there are teachers and other primary, secondary, and tertiary educational practitioners, as well as professionals involved corporate education, professional development, and training. As such, education is of substantial import to a broad swath of HK society. Furthermore, everyone has a first-hand experience with education in some form or another, providing broader starting points for discussions.
Why an Education Committee in CanCham?
The Chamber has in the past engaged meaningfully in education as a committee focus, and today it’s more important than ever before. Indeed, in 2015, nearly 15% of Chamber members surveyed, representing both educational institutions and businesses, said they would like to see an Education Committee created.
With nearly 900,000 students engaged in K-12 education in Hong Kong, and another 90,000+ students in UGC-funded universities, the target audience of people who have a vested interest in the topic is perhaps larger than any other committee focus. Nearly every major multinational corporation represented in the Chamber has a team devoted to Learning & Development, and many have a demonstrated interest in building pathways to employment for the roughly two thirds of secondary graduates for whom there is no space in UGC-funded universities. The Chamber has an opportunity to provide a meaningful voice on these issues and use its convening power to foster connections and solutions within the space.
- Support network for our members in the education industry by sharing best practices within and beyond the industry
- Supporting the Chambers members more broadly with information and opportunities in education – both for parents and students as well as professionals
- Expand the conversation on education beyond a single school and diversify the opportunities available to Chamber members for primary, secondary, tertiary, and professional education
- Broaden the Chamber revenue base by attracting new members, particularly from the tertiary/graduate education, educational services, and training sectors
- Advance other Chamber objectives
The committee plans several events in the 2016-17 academic year to restart the Chamber’s focus on education:
Broad educational topics:
Professional and Continuing Education:
Primary/Secondary: Expanding educational options in HK and explaining trends
Want to join the committee?