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Medium of instruction (MOI) policy is always an important and sensitive part of the whole education policy. Due to globalization, MOI policy is becoming an arguable issue in higher education in many countries and regions. This paper tried to explore the relationship between MOI in higher education and social development in this background. Hong Kong, as a special region of China, was selected as the specific case for study. The main social development of Hong Kong was reviewed and discussed historically. And the state of MOI policy of higher education in Hong Kong was explored in its context historically through two universities, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Specifically, the information concerning MOI policies of CUHK and HKU was collected and screened and the detailed MOI policies for both universities were described through the foundation, historical development and present state in social context. Then the MOI policies of CUHK and HKU were further discussed with regard to historical factors, economical factors and political factors. Finally, it was concluded that MOI policy and social change were interactive in Hong Kong. Accordingly, a reasonable MOI policy will help specific nations or regions advance in scientific knowledge and culture transmission as well as gain international positions and benefits.
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