FOR today's society to function and move forward, technical expertise is needed on all fronts. Giving Hong Kong a helping hand in this respect is the British Council which is bringing a group of education experts from Britain to look at the levels of technological expertise in Hong Kong. Mr Neil Maynard, director of the British Council's Education Counselling Service, said: 'We find that more and more potential students want to study technology courses in the United Kingdom. 'Our statistics show that 37 per cent of the undergraduate applications we receive are for technology courses, most of these being either computing or engineering.' One such programme popular with Hong Kong students is Computer Systems Engineering offered by the University of Warwick, according to a representative of the British Technology Education Mission, Dr Graham Martin, who is a senior lecturer at Warwick University's Computer Science Department. 'Warwick pioneered this rather special kind of degree programme and offers the largest such programme in the United Kingdom. Local students aside, about 15 per cent of students in this course are from Hong Kong,' Dr Martin said. Classes for this degree programme are handled jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering. 'This careful integration of two of the most important technological discipline provides students a broader choice in research, industry and commerce.' The programme is designed to give students the intellectual skills, detailed knowledge and stimulating environment needed to meet the challenges these technologies have generated. 'The computer science course at Warwick is a well-balanced, challenging course that reflects the broad programme of long-standing research within the department. Our graduates are fortunate to have a wide choice of career paths,' Dr Martin said. In a bid to attract more Hong Kong students, the University of Warwick is offering up to 15 scholarships to students in the territory for the 1995-6 academic year. 'The value of each scholarship will be GBP2,000 (about $31,500). In addition, a number of smaller scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the university,' Dr Martin said. The British Technology Education Mission, with representatives from 18 universities, will be in Hong Kong this week. The mission members are all senior professors and experts in their fields. The highlight of the mission will be the two-day British Technology Exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to be held this weekend. The large-scale exhibition will include a series of seminars on study in Britain, and information on further studies in computer science, electronic and electrical engineering, civil engineering and construction, and information science. Interested students can speak to the university representatives on the different courses, ranging from diplomas and degrees up to PhD level in major areas of computing, engineering and technology. For details, call the British Council on 2879-5151.