Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) (formerly known as “The Open University of Hong Kong”) was established by the Government in 1989. Over the years we have grown into a leader in open and flexible education in the Asia Pacific region. HKMU began offering full-time programmes in 2001 and has joined the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) since 2007. Our full-time face-to-face programmes for qualified secondary school leavers are on par with other established universities across Hong Kong. The University has been retitled to Hong Kong Metropolitan University on 1 September 2021 to reflect its current status as a young, dynamic, full-fledged university.
Studying at HKMU means you will learn industry knowledge, develop new skills and explore interesting fields through our professional and versatile curriculum as well as abundant multi-faceted experiential learning opportunities. At HKMU, we are empowering individuals to innovate and invest for a better future. HKMU always keeps a finger on the pulse of society’s needs. We continue to review, update and enhance our programmes to include the latest knowledge and skills required by you and future employers, and we offer these at various levels through our schools focusing on distinct disciplines and areas of expertise:
In the 2022/23 academic year, we offer a total of 51 JUPAS programmes, ranging from arts, social science, business administration, education, languages, nursing, physiotherapy, computer science, testing and certification and other applied science and engineering programmes. All of these programmes have gone through stringent quality assurance mechanisms. They are placed on the Qualifications Register (QR) under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF) introduced by the Education Bureau (EDB) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). HKMU programmes are recognized locally and internationally, by tertiary institutions, employers and professional bodies which grant a range of exemptions to our graduates.
Aside from classes, the University encourages early industry engagement, cross-cultural immersion, inter-institutional competitions and entrepreneurship development. We have 2,000 – 3,000 local and overseas internships for our undergraduate students every year. We organize a wide selection of overseas exchanges and study tours to furnish students with the opportunities to live and learn with people from various cultural backgrounds. To broaden students’ horizons, build self-confidence and gain practical understanding of their areas of interest, we support and train students in competing at local, regional and international levels, enabling them to demonstrate their brilliance in different areas of learning, from academia to sports. Our entrepreneurship development programme grants seed money and incubation support to new business ideas and aims to unleash students’ creativity, cultivate their entrepreneurial skills and help them translate innovative ideas into viable operations for profit-making and for social good.
With the introduction of government subsidy schemes by the EDB, namely the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors (SSSDP) and the Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme for Self-financing Undergraduate Studies in Hong Kong (NMTSS), our tuition fees level (after deduction of relevant subsidies) is comparable to that of programmes funded by the University Grants Committee.
SSSDP has been introduced since 2015/16 to nurture talents for industries with keen manpower demand. In the 2022/23 academic year, the University will offer 15 SSSDP degree programmes (1,235 places) in a wide range of academic disciplines, including creative arts and film arts, financial technology, global marketing and supply chain management, hospitality management, sports and recreation management, testing science, data science and artificial intelligence, internet technology, nursing and physiotherapy, will be offered by the University. For the 2022/23 academic year, the annual subsidy amount is up to HK$$44,240 (non-laboratory based programmes) or HK$$77,040 (laboratory based programmes).
Since the 2017/18 academic year, the EDB has also launched the NMTSS to provide a non-means tested annual subsidy for eligible students pursuing full-time locally-accredited local self-financing undergraduate programmes in Hong Kong. All of our self-financing programmes have been covered by the NMTSS. For the 2021/22 academic year, the annual subsidy amount has increased to HK$33,100, the amount for the 2022/23 cohort will be subject to review with reference to the Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI) in Hong Kong, meaning greater benefits for local students.
The University offers entrance scholarships of HK$40,000 to outstanding new students without requiring them to apply. Successful students may be awarded HK$40,000 again in subsequent years of study, subject to outstanding performance at HKMU.