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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Education Services

Liberalisation Measures under CEPA

The Agreement on Trade in Services covers and consolidates commitments relating to liberalisation of trade in services provided in CEPA and its Supplements and also the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalisation of Trade in Services in Guangdong. 
 
Agreement on Trade in Services
Liberalisation Measures under Cross-border Services (Positive List)
Sectors or Sub-sectors
  • 5. Education services
    • C. Higher education services (CPC923)
Specific commitments
To allow Guangdong Province to endorse the admission of Hong Kong students by ordinary higher education institutions in its province.1
Reserved Restrictive Measures under Commercial Presence (Negative List)
Sector
  • 5. Education Services
Sub-sector
    • A. Primary education services (CPC921)
Obligations concerned
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures
Commercial Presence
  1. The setting up of schools and other education institutions mainly admitting Chinese citizens of the Mainland is restricted to cooperation on a contractual basis.
  2. Not to invest on the establishment of education institutions providing special services in such areas as voluntary education, military affairs, policing, politics and religion etc.
For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the setting up of schools on a wholly-owned basis for children of expatriates in the Guangdong Province may be expanded to cover children of Chinese nationals residing abroad and of returned talents after studying abroad who are working in the province, in addition to children of expatriates with residence permits to stay in the Mainland.
 
Sector
  • 5. Education Services
Sub-sector
    • B. Secondary education services (CPC922)
Obligations concerned
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures
Commercial Presence
  1. The setting up of schools and other education institutions mainly admitting Chinese citizens of the Mainland is restricted to cooperation on a contractual basis.2
  2. Not to invest on the establishment of education institutions providing special services in such areas as voluntary education, military affairs, policing, politics and religion etc.
For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the setting up of schools on a wholly-owned basis for children of expatriates inthe Guangdong Province may be expanded to cover children of Chinese nationals residing abroad and of returned talents after studying abroad who are working in the province, in addition to children of expatriates with residence permits to stay in the Mainland.
 
Sector
  • 5. Education Services
Sub-sector
    • C. Higher education services (CPC923)
Obligations concerned
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures
Commercial Presence
  1. The setting up of schools and other education institutions mainly admitting Chinese citizens of the Mainland is restricted to cooperation on a contractual basis.3
  2. Not to invest on the establishment of education institutions providing special services in such areas as military affairs, policing, politics and religion etc.
Sector
  • 5. Education Services
Sub-sector
    • D. Adult education (CPC924)
Obligations concerned
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures
Commercial Presence
Not to investon the establishment of education institutions providing special services in such areas as military affairs, policing, politics and religion etc.
 
Sector
  • 5. Education Services
Sub-sector
    • E. Other education services (CPC929)
Obligations concerned
National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Measures
Commercial Presence
Not to invest on the establishment of education institutions providing special services in such areas as military affairs, policing, politics and religion etc. Institutions investing in providing intermediary services for studying abroad on a self-funded basisis restricted to China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone and China (Tianjin) Pilot Free Trade Zone.


1 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in Guangdong Agreement.
2 To allow establishment of non-academic secondary vocational training institutions on a wholly-owned basis in the Mainland, the scope of admission shall be analogous with that for Mainland vocational training institutions.
3 To allow establishment of non-academic tertiary vocational training institutions on a wholly-owned basis in the Mainland, the scope of admission shall be analogous with that for Mainland vocational training institutions.
 

For details about the cooperation in education under the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation (Ecotech Agreement), please refer to the Ecotech Agreement.