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 - 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. The curriculum structure is broad-based in nature with emphasis on intellectual development and creativity as espoused by the General Education (GE) requirements outside the students' major disciplines. Except for the professional programmes, the undergraduate curriculum carries at least 60 units for the major, 13 units of University Core and 18 units of GE courses.
The University Core provides students with the essential and transferable knowledge and skills that help them lead successful lives. The GE programme provides a foundation for each student’s development as a Whole Person through exposure to the essential elements of liberal arts education, such as multiple perspectives, values, empathy and critical mind. Through whole-hearted participation in the interdisciplinary GE courses, students will begin to construct a deeper understanding of the world around them by making connections at personal, societal, and historical levels. In doing so, they will begin to determine where they can best contribute their unique talents within the complex and ever-changing global community.
English is the medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
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, exchange and foreign placement. We actively promote the exchange of students and collaboration with institutions outside Hong Kong. Students participated in the exchange programmes 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.