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, Science, Social Sciences, Visual Arts, 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
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
Academy of Visual Arts
School of Continuing Education
The University offers full-time integrated undergraduate programmes which consist of single and interdisciplinary programmes on both departmental and faculty basis, providing students with training for an all-round development and enabling them to acquire good transferable skills required by the workplace. Under the undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 units, with four broad categories, including the major programme, electives, the University Core requirements and the General Education (GE) programme. The curriculum structure is broad-based in nature with emphasis on intellectual development and creativity as espoused by the GE requirements outside the students' major disciplines.
The 18-unit GE programme foregrounds the essential elements of Whole Person Education, such as integration of knowledge, acquisition of multiple perspectives, empathy and critical thinking. The programme is designed to equip students with interdisciplinary knowledge, transferable core skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that they need in both their specialized studies and future professional and personal lives. It guides our students to become responsible and responsive citizens who are capable of fully participating in the fast-changing, interconnected global world.
The Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) works with various departments to offer academic credit-bearing service-learning courses and activities to students. Students can choose to take the exciting opportunity to “serve and learn” by engaging in meaningful service projects committed to positive social changes. Through service-learning, HKBU endeavours to deliver the best student experience to enhance whole-person development, promote civic engagement and instil in students a sense of purpose.
Service-learning places equal emphasis on providing benefits to students and service users, including but not limited to the elderly, ethnic minorities, disabled and the working poor. While service users benefit from the service and creative ideas of students, students can make good use of their knowledge, skillsets and creativity to address real-world issues and contribute to the society. Students will also develop essential qualities that our increasingly interconnected world is looking for: integrated competencies, multiple perspectives, open-mindedness, communication skills and teamwork, as well as qualities such as caring, empathy and ethics.
Run and curated by CISL, TriAngle (“Try & Go”) is a co-working space for the creative minds to gather, network and make impact through creativity, interactivity and collaborations. Students will have the chance to receive feedback and support when designing and scaling up their service-learning projects. We are also committed to celebrating the learning and achievements of students in their service-learning projects.
Scholarships and Financial Aid (http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk)
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 in-bound 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 Activities and 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 programmes and creating learning environments 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 for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to help enrich students' educational 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. Student governance is exercised through the Student Representatives in the Senate, the Students' Union and its Council, and the Postgraduate Association.