Hong Kong Baptist University
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In 1956, Hong Kong Baptist College was founded by the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong as a post-secondary college committed to the provision of whole person education. In 1983, Hong Kong Baptist College became a fully-funded public tertiary institution. It gained university status in 1994 and was renamed Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
Today HKBU encompasses eight Faculties/Schools offering a range of undergraduate programmes, associate degree and higher diploma programmes as well as taught postgraduate programmes and research postgraduate programmes leading to the award of master and doctoral degrees. It prides itself on its dual focus on teaching and research and encourages service to society among its staff and students. Over the years, HKBU has remained committed to academic excellence and the development of the whole person, and has gained a reputation as one of Asia’s finest institutions of higher learning.
Faculties and Schools
The University has eight Faculties/Schools - Arts, Business, Chinese Medicine, Communication, Creative Arts, Science, Social Sciences, and Continuing Education, which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in various disciplines. Please visit their websites for more details on the programmes offered:
Faculty of Arts
School of Business
School of Chinese Medicine
School of Communication
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Continuing Education
The University offers full-time both single- and inter-/trans-disciplinary undergraduate programmes, enabling students to achieve an all-round development and acquire good transferable skills required by the workplace. Under the undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 units across four broad categories, including the major core requirements, free electives, the University Core requirements and General Education (GE) courses.
The 18-unit GE Programme provides the foundation of a well-rounded university education through exposing students to integrated broad-based knowledge, transferable core skills, guiding principles, and attitudes indispensable to their future professional and personal lives. Through establishing such a multi-dimensional foundation in GE courses, students will construct a deeper understanding of the world around them by making connections at personal, societal, and historical levels. Assimilating all these into their unique personal talents, students will be able to determine how they can best contribute themselves to the complex and ever-changing global community. The Programme offers students a 3-tier progressive interdisciplinary learning opportunity, including Level 1 Foundational Courses, Level 2 Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses and Level 3 GE Capstone.
The Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) works with various departments to offer credit-bearing academic service-learning courses and activities to students. Students can take advantage of the exciting opportunity to “serve and learn” by engaging in meaningful projects that address community needs. Through service-learning, HKBU endeavours to deliver best student experiences that enhance whole-person development, promote community engagement and instil a sense of purpose.
Service-learning places equal emphasis on student learning and community benefits. Communities which students work with include but are not limited to the elderly, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and low-income families. Through service, students can apply and deepen their knowledge and skills to address real-world issues and contribute to society. Students will also develop qualities which are increasingly valued in our interconnected world: creativity, multiple perspectives, open-mindedness, communication skills and teamwork, as well as being caring and ethical.
TriAngle (which sounds like “Try & Go”) is a co-working space managed by CISL where students can gather, network, and create impact through creativity and collaboration. Students working on service-learning projects or who are interested in social innovation or social enterprise can avail of feedback and support when designing or scaling up their community projects. We are committed to nurturing community engagement through social innovation events, mentoring programmes, and kick-start funds for eligible initiatives.
Scholarships and Financial Aid (https://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/sfa)
All full-time students with financial needs may apply for financial assistance in the form of grants, bursaries and loans. Scholarships are awarded to selected recipients including new students on the basis of academic merit and other criteria set by the donors. In addition, eligible students can apply for the First-Generation University Student Fund which provides financial assistance for their participation in overseas exchange and diverse outside-of-classroom learning activities.
Global Outlook (https://intl.hkbu.edu.hk)
The University always enhances the intercultural competencies and global perspectives of students through campus internationalisation, student mobility programmes, and foreign placement opportunities. We actively promote the exchange of students and collaboration with institutions outside Hong Kong. Participating students in outbound mobility will be provided with financial assistance. Each year we send hundreds of students abroad on academic exchanges to HKBU partner institutions. At the same time, HKBU welcomes a good number of inbound exchange students from around the globe.
Aided by an international team of academics and visiting scholars, HKBU is committed to creating a cosmopolitan learning environment that helps instill in all students the skills, attitudes and values necessary to acquire a global perspective. The Consul-General-in-Residence Programme is one of the many initiatives that promotes internationalisation on campus.
We also offer many opportunities for local students to participate in overseas study trips, work internships and a diverse range of curricular programmes. Such activities help students gain international experience, broaden their horizons and take a more critical view of their life, knowledge and learning.
Student Development (http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk)
The Office of Student Affairs plays a critical role in realising the University's vision of providing whole-person education, offering a full array of quality services and programmes, and cultivating a caring respectful and yet stimulating learning environment on campus to help students develop skills in the areas of psychological competence, leadership and service to society, and readiness for future careers.
The University provides many opportunities and support for co-curricular and extra-curricular learnings to help enrich students' campus experience. Besides academic societies which are composed of students studying the same programme/major, there are different student interest clubs on campus that appeal to the varied interests of students and contribute to the objectives of a broadly-based liberal arts education. Students are also engaged in the University policy-making processes, in which student voices are addressed through the Student Representatives in the Court, Council, Senate and various levels of committees and user groups.