The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is Hong Kong’s oldest tertiary institution, with a history that stretches back over a hundred years. Since its beginning, HKU has been a forward-looking university.It continues to foster internationalisation through an open academic environment and aspirations to excellence and has sought out like-minded scholars from around the world.
HKU’s diverse student body hails from countries around the world including USA, Australia, Chile, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Britain, Korea, Portugal, and Pakistan. More important than the diversityof our students is their academic excellence. Today, the University admits the top students in Hong Kong, and Mainland China, and an increasing number of highly talented students from across Asia and the rest of the world.
HKU’s reputation as an international centre of excellence continues to develop because of the highly qualified and diverse staff and students that make up the HKU population. HKU maintains high quality of academic and research standards, with renowned teaching staff from Hong Kong and over half of the professors coming from abroad.
The result is that HKU graduates, local and non-local, are in high demand. The University has achieved virtually full employment rate of 99.7% for the past six consecutive years, while a recent global graduate salaries survey put the starting salaries of Hong Kong graduates at the highest in the world of those countries surveyed.
The University has 10 Faculties, all of which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in English. These Faculties are: Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences.
While learning at HKU, students will experience the Common Core Curriculum. The Curriculum provides a key common learning experience for all HKU students and broadens their horizons beyond their chosen disciplinary fields of study. Another required component of the curriculum at HKU is Experiential Learning (EL). The University has partnered with companies, non-governmental organizations, social enterprises and universities around the world to give students chances to step outside the classroom and mutually benefit the world around them. Some examples of EL projects carried out in previous years are the Migrant Outreach Education Initiative (MOEI) to provide English tutoring to migrants in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and China, or the HKU Mentorship Programme in which HKU alumni mentor provide advice to current undergraduates about academic and personal growth.The University encourages undergraduate students to undertake individual research projects under the supervision of renowned staff at top Ivy League schools and other prestigious research institutions, an experience that has considerable added value as they move forward on their post-graduation career path.
HKU’s globally extensive network of employers and organisers enables students to take up internships in top companies in mainland China, Singapore, Japan, London, New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, Washington DC and a host of cities worldwide.
HKU’s urban city campus has undergone a vast expansion with the addition of its brand new Centennial Campus. With its state-of-the-art lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, theatres and interactive learning centres, the HKU campusis more than just a world-class academic environment. It offers students about 16 restaurants and cafes serving a variety of cuisines, student loungesand lush green spaces to relax and meet friends.
Residential Hall life has been a key element of the student experience since the University’s founding. 13 residential halls on and near the campus provide students from all over the world a place to call home and easy access to study spaces, laundry rooms and common areas to unwind.
Campus life at HKU is always vibrant with various academic and cultural events each day. Whether they want to learn archery, swim competitively, play football, sing in a choir, act on stage, perform magic, or debate at international competitions, HKU’s variety of clubs, teams and events gives students abundant opportunities to develop their extra-curricular interests and skills.
For international students who might need help settling in, HKU offers a number of services includingan orientation before classes begin, campus tours, city outings and a buddy programme in which all international students are paired with a returning HKU student, usually with overseas experience, who can offer assistance and advice to newcomers.
The University of Hong Kong provides a range of international education opportunities and is committed to nurturing its students as global citizens. Covering 6 continents and 29 countries, HKU’s 285 exchange partner institutions include some of the best universities in the world. Going on exchange is a popular trend amongst HKU students; in the 2011/2012 school year, HKU proudly facilitated almost 1,000 student exchanges under this programme. In turn, the dynamic campus atmosphere, English medium courses, diverse student population and high academic standards have attracted over 1,000 students from all over the world to study at HKU during 2011/2012.
In addition to learning, students are encouraged to volunteer and get involved with local and overseas communities. Students can join one of the many existing projects or apply for funding to start their own. For example, each year HKU students engage with NGO, ‘Light for Children’, in Ghana, Africa to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and conduct sexual health workshops amongst children and young adults. In 2011, a group of students went to rural Nepal to transfer rural technology to local villages to produce long-lasting impacts and improvements in the villages. These service programmes are an excellent opportunity for students to use their knowledge for the benefit of society and to engage in cultural exchange both at home and overseas.
HKU offers a wide spectrum of summer programmes for undergraduates and secondary students through collaborations with its leading Faculty of Arts, Architecture, Business and Economics, Engineering, Medicine and Science. The HKU Summer Programme offers competitively challenging summer opportunities that attract bright undergraduates from abroad to gain first-hand experience in East Asia through lectures, seminars and internships. In 2013, over 1,800 secondary students, local and abroad, also attended summer enrichment courses offered in collaboration with HKU’s leading faculties to explore academic interests in-depth and foster skills for higher education.