The University of Hong KongThe 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, signifying the birth of Hong Kong's first tertiary institution.
Outstanding academic staff of the University are recruited through rigorous selection procedures, comprising internal peer-reviews and external assessments conducted by international and prominent experts in the relevant fields. About 45% of academic staff are drawn from overseas. The University has recruited distinguished academics from all over the world. University teachers are top researchers in many major areas of research including Human Health and Development, Biotechnology and Drug Development, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Build and Natural Environments, Theoretical and Computational Sciences, Public Law and Public Policy, China Studies, and Communications.
The University attracts the best students in Hong Kong. In the year 2002-2003, it has a student population of 19, 000, including 11, 700 undergraduate students, 7, 300 postgraduate students, of which more than 1, 000 international students. For the last five years, the University has admitted around 50% of all the Hong Kong A-level Grade-A students in Hong Kong through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). In 2003-04, the great majority of the highest achievers at the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (i.e. candidates with 10 Grade-As in the Examination) joined HKU under the Early Admissions Scheme for Secondary Six Students.
HKU has a fine tradition of nurturing the largest number of research postgraduate students in the territory. They form an important and valued part of the University and currently make up approximately 10% of the total student population. All ten faculties and their departments provide teaching and supervision for research (MPhil and PhD) students with administration undertaken by the Graduate School.
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HKU undergraduate curricula encourage students to construct their own understanding of issues and devise solutions to real-world problem scenarios through means such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). They enable students to work in teams and exercise and develop their research and communication skills, critical thinking and ability to integrate information across different domains.
International and Mainland Collaboration
HKU has been taking an active role in strategic international alliances with universities and research institutions worldwide. It has academic links with more than 400 overseas universities and plays host to over 1, 800 international students. The University is committed to cultivating internationalism on campus and to supporting staff and student mobility projects and international programmes at all levels.
The University is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of comprehensive research intensive universities covering all corners of the globe. One of the main objectives of Universitas 21 is to assist in the aspiration of its members to become global universities and to advance their plans for internationalisation.
The HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme, established in 1997, enables over ten per cent of our undergraduate student population to undertake exchange at institutions overseas or in Mainland China. Its close links with 100 partner institutions in 18 countries worldwide serves to enhance students' global perspective and foster cross-cultural understanding among students of participating institutions.
While the University is fostering the concept of a worldwide classroom, the academic collaboration and bonding with the universities in the Mainland remain close. The HKU Worldwide China Programme has actively involved students to participate in different academic and internship programmes with the most prestigious universities and corporations in Mainland China to develop cross-disciplinary skills. The key universities that the University closely works with include Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Xiamen University and Sun Yat-sen University, on undergraduate student exchange and joint postgraduate programmes. The first batch of undergraduates admitted to the University on a scholarship scheme established a few years ago graduated in 2002.
Following a new Hong Kong government policy, the University expanded since 2002 its original scheme for the admission of undergraduates from the Mainland with Scholarships to cover students who are not supported by scholarships. For the year 2003-2004, the university admitted 64 fee-paying mainland students from the 1, 150 who applied. HKU is the most popular Hong Kong university choice of mainland students and its popularity among mainland applicants received positive media coverage in the recent years.
The University currently offers three joint master programmes in Shanghai, in collaboration with Fudan University, namely Master of Business Administration (International) (IMBA), Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Social Service Management (MSSM)
HKU has many on-going research connections with institutions and universities around the world. One of the most notable international collaborative efforts is the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre. Established in 1999, the Centre combines the interests of both the University and the Institut Pasteur in battling infectious diseases. HKU also signed a memorandum of understanding in the summer of 2002 to set up a twin research centre with the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre in New York. In January 2003, the first ever human Genome Research Centre was established in Hong Kong together with the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) of Toronto (an affiliation of the University of Toronto, Canada).
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) recognises HKU as a leading tertiary education institution in Asia. It announced on November 7, 2003 that HKU had been designated as the official WTO training centre for the Asia-Pacific Region. HKU will offer Regional Trade Policy Courses (RTPC) to government officials in Asia-Pacific in partnership with the WTO.
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