ARCH Community Outreach

In 2011 ARCH established ARCH Community Outreach (ACO), a non-profit charity (IR File No. 91/11870) aimed at broadening Hong Kong youth’s exposure to international education experiences and diverse career networks.

ACO was originally funded through a gift from the founders of ARCH Education Ltd. Annually a portion of profits from ARCH Education Ltd is donated to ACO to continue its outreach initiatives. ACO received endorsement from St. James’ Settlement in 2012 as a partner charity. St James’ Settlement has been providing us guidance and support in relation to our programs since we started for which we deeply appreciate.

ACO Programs

ACO collaborates with academic institutions, corporates and NGOs to organize, support and deliver various Widening Participation Programs and Widening Access Programs.

Widening Access Programs aim to provide student support and guidance for academic and professional success. They are highly selective to academically high-achieving and under-resourced students residing in Hong Kong and include :

  • Careers Program
  • Admissions Support
  • School Workshops

School Workshops help equip teachers and counselors of Government & Aided Hong Kong Secondary Schools with the tools and information to support students in applying to competitive universities overseas. 

Widening Participation Programs aim to raise career aspirations amongst the whole of Hong Kong youth community. They are open to all students residing in Hong Kong and include :

Through these offerings, students have the opportunity to learn from world-class professors, receive sponsorship to travel to the US for international competitions, and earn scholarships to attend academic summer programs in the UK and US.

CAREERS PROGRAM targets academically high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds, in Form 4 or above, studying in local schools in Hong Kong.  

This Program provides students with guidance in achieving their imminent academic and extra-curricular goals, and diverse careers network in preparation for their university applications; provide students with mentorship and career exposure to bridge the gap between academic and future career success; and inspire & empower students to believe in themselves, and to help them understand how they can make a positive difference in their communities.

ACO achieves the goals through below offerings:

  • University Preparation
  • Pre-internship Training
  • Industry Exposure

ACO annually identifies 20-30 academically high-achieving but under-resourced students who are proactively seeking mentorship and career exposure. Most importantly, ACO seeks to recruit students with a desire to make a positive contribution to their communities.

Partial list of industry partners from Careers Program:




9 Gag

Goldman Sachs

Pacific Chambers

Allen & Overy


Phoenix Satellite Television

Bank of East Asia

Ho & Partner Architect

POLCCF Dialysis Centre


Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

Queen Mary Hospital

Bloomberg Business Week


Woods Pharmacy

Blue Care Medical Center

Jason Pow SC’s Chambers

TAM Hulac & Partners Dental Ltd

Chan & Cheng Solicitors & Notaries

K11 Concepts Limited



New World Development

The Nesbitt Center

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu


Time Out Hong Kong

Des Voeux Chamber Morgan Stanley  


The UNIVERSITY APPLICATION SUPPORT PROGRAM targets at students from under-represented backgrounds, in Form 3 or above, studying in local schools in Hong Kong.

This program aims to provide tailored admissions counseling guidance to develop students to their full potential and maximise the chance for success in applying to top UK and US universities. The below support is extended by our team of consultants and tutors for free:

  • Standardized test preparation
  • UK/US University Selection
  • Personal Statement/Essay Guidance
  • Recommendation Guidance
  • Interview Preparation
  • Financial Aid or Scholarships
  • Ongoing Guidance

The applicant is required to provide ACO with background information to determine eligibility for free university application support. Applications will be reviewed and assessed individually.  

SCHOOL WORKSHOPS are tailor-made for teachers and counselors of ACO’s Partner Schools (Government & Aided Hong Kong Secondary Schools), aim to equip educators with the tools and information to support their students in applying to competitive universities overseas.

ACO equips teachers and counselors with the below support:

  • Training covers personal stataement and CV review, interview preparation and recommendation letter drafting
  • Organize talks in collaborations with representatives from scholarship funds to provide teachers and students with the opportunity toexplre their potential funding channels
  • Assist schools with individual students' applications to overseas universities

Partner Schools are listed as below:

  • Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
  • Christian Alliance S C Chan Memorial College
  • Ho Fung College
  • Po Leung Kuk Centenary Li Shiu Chung Memorial College
  • SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School
  • SKH Chan Young Secondary School
  • SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School
  • SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
  • St. Paul’s School (Lam Tin)
  • Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
  • Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

Please contact ACO for the details of the Partner School application.