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The University of Hong Kong

4.2 out of 5 (13 ratings / 9 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. Today, HKU has gained international recognition for its accomplishments as a research-led comprehensive university. 

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)



The University of Hong Kong is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong. On March 11, 1912, the University was officially opened, and Arts, Engineering and Medicine would become its first Faculties. The Faculty of Medicine evolved from the Hong Kong College of Medicine, founded in 1887.


Research and innovation form a core pillar of HKU's academic endeavours and the University is committed to sustaining areas of excellence, cultivating areas of growth and encouraging cross-institutional collaborations. The University's Strategically Oriented Research Themes (SORTs) serve as a key mechanistic element of HKU's research strategy and encompass areas not just of strength, but also ambition and potential.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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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