Number of mainland students heading to Hong Kong drops

The number of Chinese mainland students applying to Hong Kong universities has dropped by more than 30%, according to several local universities, with observers claiming the decline was likely prompted by the region's unstable political environment, writes Yuen Yeuk-laam for Global Times.

The application deadline for undergraduate degree programmes in Hong Kong universities has just passed. Hong Kong Baptist University told the Global Times that they have received 2,319 applications from mainland students this year, a 40% decrease compared with last year.

Tian Feilong, a law professor at Beihang University in Beijing, told the Global Times that the declining number of mainland applications is partially due to the Occupy protests and the unstable political atmosphere they created.
Full report on the Global Times site