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The University of Hong Kong

4.2 out of 5 (12 ratings / 8 reviews) Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. On March 16, 1910, Sir Frederick Lugard, the then Governor of Hong Kong, laid the foundation stone for the University.

Bachelor's programmes

Medicine & Health (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Law (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)

About

History

The University was first incorporated in Hong Kong as a self-governing body of scholars by the University Ordinance on March 30, 1911. In 1937, Queen Mary Hospital opened and has served as the University's teaching hospital since then. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, which would bring academic activities to a halt, there were four Faculties - Arts, Engineering, Medicine, and Science.

Education

The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University, delivers impact through internationalisation, innovation and interdisciplinarity.  It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange.  It makes a positive social contribution through global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

Research

HKU intends to be a world-class university with frontier research in critical areas through knowledge creation, translation, realisation and impact. HKU’s research policy is formulated to strengthen its capabilities in both fundamental and outcome-driven research and knowledge exchange within a culture that enables our researchers to flourish and innovate.

HKU’s research strategies and policies are managed by the University Research Committee (URC), a committee of the Senate chaired by the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). 

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
25
2019
25 1
2018
26
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
35 1
2019
36 4
2018
40
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
100 3
2019
103 6
2018
109
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
101
2018
101
2017
101
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

The University of Hong Kong has given unparalleled service to Hong Kong and the region since its foundation in 1911, drawing on the great cultural traditions of the West and China. We shall strive to continue to offer the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarship practiced in the international academic community, in an environment conducive to creativity learning, freedom of thought, enquiry and expression.

To fulfil our mission, the International Affairs Office of Admissions and Academic Liaison Section of Registry is established to maintain closer communication with overseas institutions in the aspects of student exchange, academic collaboration and cultural activities.

Housing services

If you do not want to reside in the university student residences, you can choose to find your own apartment or share a flat with your friends or other HKU students. Information on vacant flats and rooms can be found in local newspapers, real estate agencies or from the website of CEDARS. CEDARS runs an ‘Accommodation Service’ which gathers information on rooms and flats available for renting in the vicinity of the campus. 

Library services

The University of Hong Kong Libraries was established in 1912. The Main Library comprises an all-rounded collection of materials in the arts, humanities, science and technology, giving vital support to teaching and research in the University.The Main Library occupies the Library Building which is composed of the Old and New Wings. The Old Wing was opened in 1961 and renovated in 1992/93. 

ICT services

Welcome to all new comers joining HKU! Below is a quick starter guide to let new comers know the central IT services and facilities available to them for supporting their works and studies at the University.

Medical services

The University Health Service provides for the health needs of students, staff, dependants and retired staff with the aim of promoting and maintaining their physical and psychological well being through the provision of accessible and cost-effective primary health care and health education.

Student Life

Campus life

The Main Campus of the University covers about 14 hectares of land in the Bonham Road and Pokfulam area of Hong Kong Island and accommodates five of the ten faculties, namely Architecture, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Science, as well as the Main Library.

Diversity of architectural styles is one of the greatest features of the Main Campus, having evolved since 1912. Besides different architectural styles, the hilly terrain in Pokfulam provides a unique landscape for the Main Campus which has many popular gardens and courtyards that contribute to the collective memory of our alumni.

Sports facilities

HKU sports facilities are first allocated on an annual basis to various user groups and programmes according to a priority list that has been approved by CSE Management Team. Once the requirements of these groups have been satisfied, bookings are accepted from students and sports card holders, and various internal and external groups.

Student Reviews

My time at HKU
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Studying at HKU was tough to say the least, it is a very competitive university. It was made more challenging due to personal problems I faced during my studies. Due to the limited space in Hong Kong our laboratories were quite small but they did provide us with numerous facilities. However it truly is an international university; I have made great friends from all over...

Not good for humanities friends
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

When I joined the programme, it was actually the third year of its opening. It was a new course. I chose the programme because of two basic reasons: 1. reasonable HKDSE entrance marks 2. I love Geography and know that this programme would lead to a promising career path However, when I actually took the course, the first year was in fact very lost for me. I was even...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it absolutely amzing!

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