The Chinese University of Hong Kong
CUHK aims to provide students with a conducive learning environment to facilitate their all-round personal growth. The University offers a comprehensive range of facilities and services to students and the main ones are listed below.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library (CUHK Library) is one of the major academic research libraries in East Asia, attracting students and scholars alike to its rich and extensive digital, print and special collections. It comprises the University Library and six other libraries: the Elisabeth Luce Moore Library at Chung Chi College, the Ch’ien Mu Library at New Asia College, the Wu Chung Library at United College, the Li Ping Medical Library at the teaching hospital in Shatin, the Architecture Library and the Lee Quo Wei Law Library.
With over 4.8 million electronic books, more than 150,000 electronic journal subscriptions, 900 plus databases and 2.7 million print volumes, CUHK Library welcomes around 2.3 million visits per year. Its collections reflect CUHK’s bilingual and multicultural environment. Access to the electronic collections and searching of library resources (LibrarySearch) is from the Library’s website at www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk. Books can be borrowed from any of the libraries within the system, and, as the Library is part of the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) system, students can also borrow from the libraries of any of Hong Kong’s seven other University Grants Committee funded universities.
The Library offers extensive study facilities across its seven libraries in addition to its impressive collection. It caters to all, from those wishing to engage in silent individual study to those looking to study collaboratively in the vibrant Learning Garden area. The libraries boast extensive PC facilities, and Wi-Fi is enabled in all seven libraries. In 2019 a Makerspace with virtual reality, 3D printing and scanning and a creative media production studio was opened to support creative learning. Study space is available 24 hours a day in the University Library Learning Garden and the Architecture Library during term time, and year round at the Li Ping Medical Library.
In addition to a roving help team, librarians are on hand to offer specialist support in person or via email or phone, and Library orientation sessions are organised for new students at the beginning of each academic year. Workshops are held throughout the year to help students to effectively find, use and apply the information they need. Information guides and news about the libraries are available on the Library website.
Using the CUHK Library in person, or via the Web is a key component of success for the University’s students. We look forward to welcoming you to the Library soon!
Computer and Network Facilities
The learning experience of students at CUHK is made more convenient and enjoyable by state-of-the-art computer facilities and a wide range of services by the Information Technology Services Centre. The one-stop University portal offers students personalized access to administrative systems, email, eLearning platform, library services, and many other online services and campus information.
Learning Commons are equipped with computers, audio visual facilities, multi-functional printers, and functional spaces to facilitate students’ private and collaborative work.
The entire campus, including classrooms, student hostels, teaching blocks, academic and administrative buildings, is connected to the University Campus Backbone Network via high-speed 10 Gigabit or Gigabit Ethernet links. When on campus, students can enjoy Wi-Fi services in these buildings. While off campus, they can connect to the campus network through commercial broadband service providers using virtual private network (VPN) connection. In addition, they can also access free Wi-Fi at different hotspots in Hong Kong and at many overseas universities under a partnership programme. In addition, CUHK also operates the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX), the hub for Internet traffic between Hong Kong and overseas.
Hostel Accommodation and Colleges
CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong with a collegiate system. In addition to its four constituent Colleges (namely, Chung Chi, New Asia, United and Shaw), five new Colleges - Morningside College, S.H. Ho, C.W. Chu, Wu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing College - have been established recently to further strengthen our unique college system and cater for the growth in student population. Jointly with six postgraduate halls, the University offer over 9,000 hostel places to students.
All full-time undergraduates at CUHK are affiliated with one of the Colleges. Each College is distinctive, but together they shape the character of the University.
Colleges are congenial communities with their own hostels, dining halls and other facilities. They are where students receive pastoral care and whole-person education. Colleges also offer students a wide variety of activities to choose from in order to enrich their college lives including overseas exchanges, seminars, mentorship and community service programmes, as well as training in languages, IT and leadership skills. Extracurricular activities are also organised by the college student unions and clubs and societies affiliated with individual colleges.
The University Health Service provides on-campus medical, dental and health promotion services to full-time students. The health clinic is equipped with a minor operating theatre, pharmacy, medical laboratory and a physiotherapy unit to provide primary medical and dental care service. Medical service is generally free of charge, whereas the Dental Unit charges a nominal fee.
Leisure complements study, and adds another dimension to education at CUHK. To promote student interest in physical activities, the University provides a variety of sports facilities, including two sports fields, five gymnasia, a 50-metre standard swimming pool, twelve tennis courts, six squash courts, ten fitness rooms and a Water Sports Centre.
Student Activities and Services
The Office of Student Affairs coordinates university-wide student activities, liaises with the student unions and their affiliated societies, and provides assistance and advice for student functions. The Office also offers a wide range of services, including (i) Career Planning and Development; (ii) Student Development and Resources; (iii) Wellness and Counselling Centre; and (iv) Learning Enhancement Services.
Going on exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which enables students to appreciate and explore the different cultures and learning styles, hone language skills and grow as confident individuals. The University has over 280 student exchange partners in more than 30 countries and regions. During the academic year 2019–20, over 1,000 CUHK students participated in student exchange programmes for one term or one academic year. Furthermore, many CUHK students took part in short-term experiential learning activities outside Hong Kong arranged by the Colleges and academic departments throughout the academic year. To learn more about exchange opportunities, please visit http://www.oal.cuhk.edu.hk/gettingstarted.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Thanks to the numerous donors for their generous donations, the University offers various scholarships, prizes, and awards to recognize students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding performance in other areas such as music, sports, creativity and community service. Different types of bursaries and loans are also provided to help eligible students who have financial need.
In 2019-20 academic year, over 8,800 individual scholarships, prizes and awards were distributed, through the University and its constituent colleges, to students in various disciplines of study, with the total combined value amounting to around HK$187 million.