University of Hong Kong - Overview

The University of Hong Kong is the territory's oldest university, and with a history that stretches back nearly 100 years, it has grown with and helped shape the city from which it takes its name. Today, HKU, as it is fondly called, is a dynamic, comprehensive, university of world-class standing. With ten Faculties and numerous research centres, its reputation as a centre of intellectual excellence is recognised around the world. It continues to build on its strengths with innovative research and teaching, producing well-rounded graduates with outstanding leadership qualities. Background The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is Hong Kong's first and foremost tertiary institution. It served as an international university for South-East Asia in the early years of the last century, having almost as many Malayan students as Hong Kong students during some decades. Today, the University has more than 20,500 students from 80 different countries around the world, and 2,250 academic staff. World-Class Comprehensive Research University HKU has won a proud reputation as a world-class comprehensive research university. It offers internationally recognized qualifications and it is renowned for its academic and research excellence worldwide.

University of Hong Kong - International Reputation

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), is Hong Kong’s oldest tertiary institution, with a history stretching back over a hundred years. The University of Hong Kong is today ranked amongst the most respected comprehensive research-led universities in the world, ranked as the 26th best university in the world (according to the QS World University Rankings 2013). In Hong Kong, the University leads the way in terms of funding and awards, which means you can experience exceptional support and learning facilities. You’ll find the largest international student population in Hong Kong here. English as the medium of instruction, countless exchange, internship and other experiential learning opportunities, plus the location of its campus near to the dynamic business and entertainment heart of Hong Kong, are among many factors that attract tens of thousands of applicants each year and the highest admissions standards in the territory. HKU alumni continue to be the most preferred by employers here, as indicated by a virtually 100% employment rate for every one of the last seven consecutive years (99.8% Graduate Employment Rate, CEDARS, HKU, 2013). Learn about opportunities, admissions and life at HKU through our e-brochure.

The University of Hong Kong, with its 100 year old history, has grown with and helped shape the city from which it takes its name. Today, HKU has a proud reputation as a world-class comprehensive research university, having been consistently ranked over the last decade as the top English-medium university in Asia. The University recruits excellent academic staff from around the world, 50% being from outside Hong Kong. Just as Hong Kong is a confluence of East and West, so HKU also offers researchers unique opportunities to bridge cultures and continents, and to explore more on China-related studies. In what the Times Higher Education termed an “extreme makeover”, HKU recently “rebuilt its curriculum from the ground up to embrace ‘experiential learning’ and internationalism so as to produce ‘global citizens’”. A recent report by an international panel of experts commended HKU for its integration of local and international students, recognizing its friendly and internationalized campus and the high student satisfaction with the HKU learning experience.

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香港大學
Country Hong Kong
City Hong Kong
Bachelor (foreigners)18,633 USD/year.
Master (foreigners)18,633 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens)42,100 USD/year.
Cost of living $1,197-2,129 USD/Month.
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General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1911
Abbreviation HKU
Teachers 2,941
Students 20,491
Foreigners 39%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
AdmissionBased on past academic records
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Motto
Sapientia et Virtus
Accreditation
• Education Bureau, Hong Kong SAR
Affiliations
• Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
• Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
• Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
• Universitas 21
Rankings
World ranking87
Country ranking1
Academic Reputation28
Employer Reputation41
Quality of teaching107
International Faculty22
International Students30
Citations per Faculty256
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities19
Engineering and Technology26
Life Sciences and Medicine36
Natural Science16
Social Sciences and Management14
Ranking in world by discipline
Chemistry101
Computer Science76
Economics & Business101
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking87
QS World University Rankings30
ARWU Academic Ranking151
Cost of living in Hong Kong
Expenses - USD/Month.Min.Med.
Accommodation 756 1,280
Food 246 401
Transportation 46 116
Communications and utilities 78 113
Clothing 27 101
Sports and leisure 43 117
Total1,1972,129
Accommodation in Hong Kong USD/Month.
Shared room outside of centre764
Shared room in city centre1,293
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre1,132
1 bedroom apartment in city centre1,732
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة هونغ كونغ
German Universität Hongkong
Spanish Universidad de Hong Kong
French Université de Hong Kong
Japanese 香港大学
Korean 홍콩대학
Portuguese Universidade de Hong Kong
Russian Гонконгский университет
Chinese 香港大学
old University of Hong Kong
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