of The University of Hong Kong

About HKU

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a public research university which is founded in 1911. HKU has its roots in Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (founded in1887) and is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Over the past century HKU has evolved from a minor institution in a far-out colonial outpost to the top university in Asia, located in the heart of the continent’s financial capital. Since it was founded, the University has sought to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. Its motto has two parts, one Chinese and one Latin, reflecting its scholarly blend of East and West. “Sapientia et virtus” translates as “wisdom and virtue”, while “mingde gewu” means to manifest virtue and to investigative things. Currently, HKU offers 35 undergraduate programmes across 10 faculties, Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences, covering more than 70 major areas of study. HKU aims to provide students with a broad-based education across different disciplines with a global perspective, in order to develop students’ intellectual and personal strengths with the expectation of the best out of its students, who are among the top achievers in their schools and often their countries.


HKU consistently receives the highest number of awards of any University Grants Committee-funded institution (UGC) in Hong Kong. Students are blessed with the opportunities of research internships in the laboratories of HKU professors, 118 of whom have been ranked among the World’s top 1% of scientists by the Institute for Scientific Information.

World Rankings

The University of Hong Kong’s Worldwide Ranking:

  • 25th in the World According to Times Higher Education
  • 36th in the World According to QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject:

  • Dentistry: 1st
  • Education and Training: 7th
  • Social Sciences and Management: 10th
  • Engineering – Civil and Structural: 11th
  • Linguistics:11th
  • Sports Related Subjects: 11th
  • Architecture: 12th
  • Modern Languages: 16th
  • Arts and Humanities: 18th
  • Law and Legal Studies: 19th
  • Social Policy and Administration: 20th
  • English Language and Literature: 22nd
  • Geography: 23rd
  • Politics: 24th
  • Earth and Marine Sciences: 25th
  • Business and Management Studies: 26th
  • Computer Science and Information Systems: 26th
  • Natural Sciences: 36th
  • Chemistry: 27th
  • Accounting and Finance: 28th
  • Mathematics: 28th
  • Statistics and Operational Research: 28th
  • Sociology: 29th
  • Engineering and Technology: 30thth
  • Engineering – Electrical and Electronic: 32nd
  • Engineering – Mechanical : 33rd
  • Development Studies: 34th
  • Medicine: 34th
  • Economics and Econometrics: 35th
  • Communication and Media Studies: 35th
  • Psychology: 36th
  • Life Sciences and Medicine: 40th
  • Performing Arts: 44th
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology: 47th
  • Nursing: 48th
  • Environmental Studies: 49th
  • Engineering – Chemical: 49th
  • Biological Sciences: 50th

The Research Culture of HKU

The university is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international consortium of research-led universities, and a member of the Association for Pacific Rim Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and many others. HKU benefits from a large operating budget supplied by high levels of government funding compared to many Western countries. In 2012/13, the Research Grants Council (RGC) granted The University of Hong Kong a total research funding of HK$1,088 million, which is the highest among all universities in Hong Kong.

The Numbers and Figures

Number of Students:

4-Year Undergraduate Degree:

Number of Locals

Number of Internationals






Total number of scholarships for undergraduates: 4,898

Total amount of scholarships for undergraduates: HK$131,494,596 (USD$~16,788,848)


University Museum and Art Gallery:

Number of Art Exhibitions Organized since 1976 to May 2017: 364 

Number of Art Exhibitions Held Annually: 14 

Annual Number of Visitors: Around 9000 

Internationally Famous Collections:

-Tang Dynasty Underglaze – Blue Waterpot 

-Yuan Dynasty Nestorian Bronze Crosses 

Term Dates in 2018-19

First term 

3 September 2018 (Mon) – 1 December 2018 (Sat) 

Reading week: 15 Oct 2019 (Mon) – 20 Oct 2019 (Sat) 

Second term 

14 January 2019 (Mon) – 27 April 2019 (Sat) 

Reading week: 4 March 2019 (Mon) – 9 March 2019 (Sat)) 

Summer session 

24 June 2019 (Mon) – 17 August 2019 (Sat)