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The University of Hong Kong

4.5 out of 5 (22 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. In 2003, during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HKU medical researchers became the first in the world to identify the coronavirus that caused the SARS.

Master's Programmes

Journalism & Media (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)

About

In 2005, the Faculty of Medicine was renamed the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. From 2010 to 2012, the University held Centenary Celebrations to mark its 100th anniversary.

In 2012 – along with all the other institutions of higher learning in Hong Kong and in accordance with the government’s education policy – the University officially launches its 4-year undergraduate curriculum.
HKU continues to attract the best local students, along with many Mainland China and international students. The University’s academics have outstanding achievements in teaching and research, and about half of HKU’s faculty are from overseas.

All ten faculties and their departments provide teaching and supervision for postgraduate-level research (MPhil and PhD) students, with administration undertaken by the Graduate School.

Vision

The University of Hong Kong, as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, contributing to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

Mission

The University of Hong Kong will endeavour:

  • To advance constantly the bounds of scholarship, building upon its proud traditions and strengths
  • To provide a comprehensive education, developing fully the intellectual and personal strengths of its students while developing and extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community
  • To produce graduates of distinction committed to lifelong learning, integrity and professionalism, capable of being responsive leaders and communicators in their fields
  • To develop a collegial, flexible, pluralistic and supportive intellectual environment that inspires and attracts, retains and nurtures scholars, students and staff of the highest calibre in a culture that fosters creativity, learning and freedom of thought, enquiry and expression
  • To provide a safe, healthy and sustainable workplace to support and advance teaching, learning and research at the University
  • To engage in innovative, high-impact and leading-edge research within and across disciplines
  • To be fully accountable for the effective management of public and private resources bestowed upon the institution and act in partnership with the community over the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge
  • To serve as a focal point of intellectual and academic endeavour in Hong Kong, China and Asia and act as a gateway and forum for scholarship with the rest of the world

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) seeks to sustain and enhance its excellent reputation as an institution of higher learning through outstanding teaching and world-class research, so as to produce rounded graduates with life-long abilities to provide leadership within the society they serve.The University's research policy flows directly from this corporate vision. Its aim is to strengthen its capabilities in both basic and applied research within a culture that strives for excellence and relevance as well as collaboration. The University emphasizes innovative, high-impact and multidisciplinary research, and believes that a fine research record enhances the quality of research postgraduate education. It recognizes that it must be fully accountable for the effective management of the public and private resources it deploys towards its research aims, and welcomes the opportunity to act in partnership with the wider community to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge.To further develop the University's research excellence and to realize its vision to be recognized as one of the top research-led universities in Asia and in the world, the University Research Committee has developed the following five strategies:

  • to develop strategic research areas and themes
  • to support 'blue-sky' and curiosity-driven research
  • to nurture next-generation scholars and researchers
  • to encourage knowledge transfer to community and society
  • to enhance international and Mainland collaborations

Research

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) seeks to sustain and enhance its excellent reputation as an institution of higher learning through outstanding teaching and world-class research, so as to produce rounded graduates with life-long abilities to provide leadership within the society they serve.The University's research policy flows directly from this corporate vision. Its aim is to strengthen its capabilities in both basic and applied research within a culture that strives for excellence and relevance as well as collaboration. The University emphasizes innovative, high-impact and multidisciplinary research, and believes that a fine research record enhances the quality of research postgraduate education. It recognizes that it must be fully accountable for the effective management of the public and private resources it deploys towards its research aims, and welcomes the opportunity to act in partnership with the wider community to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge.To further develop the University's research excellence and to realize its vision to be recognized as one of the top research-led universities in Asia and in the world, the University Research Committee has developed the following five strategies:

  • to develop strategic research areas and themes
  • to support 'blue-sky' and curiosity-driven research
  • to nurture next-generation scholars and researchers
  • to encourage knowledge transfer to community and society
  • to enhance international and Mainland collaborations

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
25 1
2018
26 1
2017
27
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
2019
36 4
2018
40 3
2017
43
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
101
2017
101
2016
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.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
109
2017
-
2016
-
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.

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