University guidance news and up-coming events

"The future is Asian," according to geopolitical strategist Parag Khanna. In his latest book, Khanna analyses the shift in global power that is seeing Asia at the centre of commerce exchange. As a result, Asian universities are rising up the rankings. With China and Hong Kong now owning the highest number of research in the world (, Asia is becoming the future higher education super-power.

At RIS we offer personalised university and career guidance to help our students make the best choices for their future. Our counselling services are committed to stay abreast of cutting edge global career paths and university trends. For this reason, as the University Counsellor I am continually meeting University representatives and developing my knowledge of the higher education sector.

From the 3rd to the 7th of March I had the pleasure to travel to Hong Kong to visit The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKUST, to attend their University Counsellor Fly-in Programme. It was an amazing experience to learn about their education offer, meet the students and visit this fascinating city!


This young university established in 1991 is a world-class international research university. I was impressed by the beautiful campus, the variety of courses and internship opportunities offered and particularly by the students I met. It was evident to me that HKUST is seeking highly-driven students with excellent academic abilities and interpersonal skills. The majority of students that study at HKUST are Asian however there is a growing international student community and the university is keen to recruit more European and American students.

I was particularly impressed by the European students I met. Studying abroad is a life changing experience that offers students the opportunity to learn a foreign language, understand a different culture, become more appealing to international employers, and help students become more independent. For European students studying in Asia, all of this is highlighted by the differences in language and the geographical distance. For this very reason this experience is so enriching and can really make a student CV stand out to future employers. If you are interested in learning more please feel free to contact me to book a University Counselling session:

Some facts about HKUST: it was ranked No.41 globally among 1,000 universities and No.1 in the world's top 250 young universities by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2019. The School of Engineering is ranked No.23 in the World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology (2019), and No.3 in Greater China.
HKUST Business School's sought-after Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) programme has also topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings nine times in the past 12 years.

Above all the university offers a unique combination of courses and programmes. Of particular interest for our students is the World Bachelor in Business. A unique 4-year program, developed with two prestigious partner universities: USC University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles and Bocconi University in Milan. Small class sizes of 50 students from all over the world, can study at a different locations and universities each year, spanning three continents. They spend the first year in Los Angeles, the second in Hong Kong, the third in Milan and the fourth at their choice of one of these schools gaining three degrees recognised by the three universities.

To help you gather more information about study opportunities worldwide we have organised some orientation events for our High School students and parents. Here are some dates for your diary:

Thursday 4 April 2019: FPP EDU university fair at RIS featuring universities from the UK, U.S., The Netherlands, Denmark, Canada and Kazakhstan.

University of RoehamptonGlasgow School of Art logoInternational Business Academy logoUniversity of Delaware logo
Radboud UniversityKIMEP UniversityCentennial College Canada

Thursday 11 April 2019: presentation on Canadian Universities by Paola Bucalossi open to Years 11 and 12 students and parents.

I look forward to meeting you at our up-coming events.

- Ms MacCallum, Middle and High School Librarian; Examination Officer; University and Career Counsellor