Promoting Hong Kong’s higher education to Asian markets: Market segmentations and strategies

Chi Keung Alan CHEUNG, Wai Wa Timothy YUEN, Yuet Mui Celeste YUEN, Yin Cheong CHENG

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Purpose - The main purpose of the present study was threefold: 1) to analyze the current conditions of higher education services offered in the three target markets; 2) to conduct market segmentation analysis of these markets; and 3) to recommend the most appropriate market entry strategies for Hong Kong’s education service providers. Design/methodology/approach - The data for this project was obtained primarily by questionnaire survey and interviews. The research team collected 1,370 questionnaires and conducted a total of 121 individual and focus group interviews in the four studied cities—Mumbai, New Delhi, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur. Findings - The study found that there was a high unmet demand for higher education overseas and that the visibility of Hong Kong’s higher education was relatively weak in these Asian markets. In order to capture the continued rise of students in Asia, higher education institutions and the Hong Kong government need to work together to analyze the potential markets critically and employ marketing strategies sensibly. Several key recommendations have been provided based on the findings. Research limitations/implications - The study was undertaken in a few key cities in these three target markets. However, findings from the study may generate insights into others cities with similar characteristics in these countries and the Asian regions. Practical implications - The paper suggests that decision makers at the institutional level and government level seeking to enter these markets must pay attention to the importance of market segmentation and the 4P variables in formulating their marketing strategies. Originality/value - Few studies have examined the current condition of higher education services in these three emerging Asian markets. This study provides some useful marketing information to education decision makers in Hong Kong and elsewhere who may be interested in formulating marketing strategies in these markets. Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-447
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Cheung, A., Yuen, T. W. W., Yuen, C. Y. M., Cheng, Y. C. (2010). Promoting Hong Kong’s higher education to Asian markets: Market segmentations and strategies. International Journal of Educational Management, 24(5), 427-447.


  • Hong Kong's higher education
  • International education
  • Asian markets
  • Market segmentation


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