Hong Kong Baptist University

=55 th
Asia University Rankings 2018
401–500 th
World University Rankings 2018
Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Wholeperson education in a dynamic and caring environment

Founded in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University is a publicly funded institution that has gained a reputation for the provision of whole person education, delivered by an international team of scholars in a caring and supportive environment.

Its main campus is located in a transport hub, enabling its students to immerse themselves in cosmopolitan Hong Kong life while gaining an all-round education that nurtures the abilities and attitudes required to be creative and capable leaders.

Extensive array of programmes available

At present, HKBU has enrolled over 10,000 students and offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes, taught postgraduate programmes, and research programmes leading to the award of MPhil and PhD degrees.

The university has nine faculties/schools/academies:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Chinese Medicine
  • School of Communication
  • School of Continuing Education
  • Graduate School
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Academy of Visual Arts

Vibrant campus

Situated in the heart of the city, the university stretches across five campuses that offer an inspiring teaching, research and learning environment.

The university has state-of-the-art facilities, well-equipped laboratories and research infrastructure, and learning commons that offer students a dynamic study environment.

HKBU’s world-class libraries include the seven-floor main library, the Dr Stephen Riady Chinese Medicine Library and the European Documentation Centre. The university also provides well-rounded sports facilities that encompass two multipurpose gymnasiums; a swimming pool; a full-size outdoor athletics stadium and soccer pitch, tennis and squash courts; and a multipurpose sports hall for ball and racquet games.

HKBU has created an internationalised campus environment. Its academic staff members come from over 25 countries and regions, and pioneering programmes such as the Pulitzer Prize Winners Workshop, the International Writers Workshop, the Consul-General-in-Residence Programme and the European Union Academic Programme, bring distinguished experts from around the world to the university, adding to the globalised campus experience. 

HKBU is committed to building a sustainable low-carbon campus and fostering an environmentally conscious culture within the university community.

Window into China

Studying in Hong Kong offers a unique window into China and a gateway to other Asian countries, giving students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the many changes and challenges facing China and Asia as a whole. HKBU has established strong partnerships with institutions in Mainland China and runs a number of collaborative projects.

Research with impact

While research at HKBU spans a broad range of areas under Vision 2020, the university’s 10-year development plan, the university encourages interdisciplinary research and theme-based research in four focus areas:

  • Health
  • Environment
  • Chinese and China studies
  • Cross-cultural studies

Research postgraduate students will be interested in the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend of HK$240,000 (approximately US$30,000) and a conference- and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year to each awardee for a period of up to three years.

International recognition

The university's programmes have won international recognition. The School of Business gained accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Associations of MBAs (AMBA), as well as European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. The School of Communication was named one of the best journalism and media schools for Asian students by the website Asian Correspondent.

Medium of instruction

English is the medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching, except for those courses that are granted exemption


Year 1 undergraduate international students will be provided accommodation in the Undergraduate Halls for nine months. Depending on occupancy, postgraduate students will either be housed in on-campus or off-campus accommodation.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees are relatively inexpensive by international standards. The cost of studying at the university as an international (non-local) undergraduate student is approximately HK$170,000 per year for government-funded programmes, including tuition fees, accommodation and basic expenses.

Full scholarships are available for academically outstanding international undergraduate students.

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Key statistics

  • 11,467
    Number of Students
  • 11.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 30%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 61 : 39
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings