Updated at 6.50pm: An independent consultant study ? commissioned by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) ? has affirmed the huge export potential of the territory?s higher education services. The new study was released on Friday. A spokesman for the Education and Manpower Bureau said it had emphasised the need to ?internationalise? Hong Kong?s higher education services. 'We are pleased to see that the report shares our vision of internationalisation. Indeed, the government?s new policy to facilitate the entry of non-local students into Hong Kong is precisely to drive development in this direction. 'Hong Kong is proud to be host to a wide range of top-notch post-secondary programmes,? he added. He said education in Hong Kong also had a special appeal to mainland parents and students ? because of the territory?s blend of English and Chinese elements. 'We should aspire to be the regional education hub, serving not only Hong Kong, but also the educational needs of our country and the Asian community,' he added. 'We believe our new policy, which enables more non-local students ? in particular those from the mainland, Macau and Taiwan ? to enter Hong Kong for different types of programmes at different levels, is a positive response to the study?s recommendations,' the spokesman said.