The University of Hong Kong takes a holistic approach to education, as it believes that learning about life is just as important for students as academic learning. The University provides services and facilities to ensure that students have a comfortable, intriguing, and rewarding campus experience, and enjoy an overall sense of well-being.
The main facilities and services offered at the University of Hong Kong are listed below.
The University of Hong Kong Libraries
The very nature of the Libraries lends itself to the three pillars of the University's vision for Teaching and Learning, Research, and Knowledge Exchange through its outstanding resources, people-centred services as well as its innovative and collaborative approaches. The Libraries consists of the Main Library and six branch libraries, namely the Dental Library, Fung Ping Shan Library, Lui Che Woo Law Library, Music Library, Tin Ka Ping Education Library and the Yu Chun Keung Medical Library. Special Collections houses a unique collection of Hong Kong materials, rare books, pamphlets, and microforms. The University Libraries has also gained depository status for a number of core international collections, two of which are housed in Special Collections, the European Documentation Centre and the World Trade Organization.
Besides offering a congenial environment for study and research, the Libraries also provides a wide range of information resources including a comprehensive collection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and a rapidly expanding collection of article databases, e-books, e-journals, e-news. Many of these electronic resources are available on the web by authenticated access.
History and Facts
Established in October 1912 and located in two rooms in The University of Hong Kong’s Main Building with a floor area of about 288 square meters plus a small Medical section in the Pathology Building. Today, the collections of The University of Hong Kong Libraries exceed 3 million volumes, 6 million e-books, 555,000 e-Journal subscriptions and titles*.
Fung Ping Shan Library was established in 1932 as the University's Chinese library through a generous donation by the late Mr Fung Ping Shan. Construction of the library began in 1929. It was completed three years later and was officially opened on 14 December 1932 by Sir William Peel, then Governor of Hong Kong. In 1961, Fung Ping Shan Library moved into the Main Library building and, with the consent of the Fung Family, the original library premises were converted into the Fung Ping Shan Museum.
*Figures as of June 2018
The Libraries offers a conducive environment for study, research, and knowledge exchange. HKU Campus Wi-Fi services are available throughout the Libraries connecting patrons to the HKU network and to a number of printers throughout the Libraries. Scanners are also available, and payment for the peripheral usage can easily be made by using an Octopus card.
On February 2019, the Libraries opened the Ground Floor and 2nd floor learning spaces to complement Level 3 and its variety of spaces suitable for different learning styles including reflective self-study as well as collaborative study.
The Libraries have steadfastly been meeting the ever-changing needs of the digital world. To engage our patrons with the next level of digital technology, the Libraries created the new Ingenium. Located on the 2/F of the Main Library, the Ingenium is an interdisciplinary space for the University community to be inspired by and to interact with some of the latest technologies.
When the Main Library's 2nd Main Entrance officially opened on 7 October 2016, its opening put the plans for the ground floor renovations into motion and the creation of a new learning space called the Think Tank.
After entering the Ground Floor Ancillary Entrance / Exit and just past the gates, Library patrons will initially enter the Social Space, a place to informally meet and talk with fellow students and staff. The adjacent Leisure Study space will be created for a more relaxed environment for students to take a much-needed break and time to self-reflect. As patrons venture pass the Leisure Study space, the Think Tank emerges. Comprised of the Quiet Study area and the adjacent Deep Quiet Study area and Seminar Room, the Think Tank lies centrally on the Ground Floor both geographically and psychologically.
You can book a study space at https://lib.hku.hk/general/e-form/book-a-space.html.
Library Orientation and Workshops
Mastering the necessary research skills is crucial and you are therefore strongly encouraged to join the Library Orientation and workshops, visit our training website at https://lib.hku.hk/general/instruction/index.html. Through orientation and workshops, you will be able to gain a general background as to the facilities and services provided to you. In addition, you may attend the library courses offered throughout the year through which you will know more about specific information resources. If you encounter a research problem, you may ask a librarian in person at the Information Counter, by telephone (3917 2203), by e-mail (email@example.com) or WhatsApp (5441-5441). Our staff will be happy to help you familiarize with the relevant resources and learn the necessary research skills.
The Libraries provides a wide range of information resources including a comprehensive collection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and a rapidly expanding collection of article databases, e-books, e-journals, e-news. Many of these electronic resources are available on the web by authenticated access on and off campus.
Current students are also entitled to request books from other local academic libraries through the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL). The Interlibrary Loan service allows you to obtain resources not available at the Libraries from other local and overseas libraries, https://lib.hku.hk/mainlib/ill.html.
The Libraries’ Inter-branch Delivery service provides the convenience of requesting library material be delivered to Main Library or any of the six branch libraries. Returning of library material can also be done at Main Library or any of the six branch libraries or one of two 24/7 Automated Book Returns located at the Main Library and Law Library.
The HKU Scholars Hub
The HKU Scholars Hub is the institutional repository of The University of Hong Kong. As a key vehicle of HKU's Knowledge Exchange Initiative, The Hub strives to make HKU authors and their research very visible, with the goal of increasing all forms of collaboration. https://hub.hku.hk/
- Information Counter (Main Library and Branch Libraries)
- Tel.: 3917-2203
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WhatsApp: 5441-5441
- Website: https://lib.hku.hk
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ask_HKUL
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkulib
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/HKULibrariesCollection
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkulibrary
Information Technology Services (ITS)
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides comprehensive IT services with a state-of-the-art IT environment to support teaching, learning, research and administration of the University. Its facilities include an advanced campus network, powerful central servers, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, cloud computing and modern learning environment, and its services include portal services, learning management system “Moodle” and web-based administrative applications.
A resilient 10-Gigabit Ethernet network backbone connects over 53,000 network access points in the campus and halls of student residence. Over 5,700 WiFi access points (SSID: HKU) are installed around the campus to provide wireless network coverage in centrally-administered classrooms, libraries, learning commons, amenities centres, offices and open areas. Through the single sign-on "HKU Portal" platform, students can easily access all the University online services. An excellent web-based teaching and learning environment using the learning management system Moodle is established to support the online learning activities of students. ITS also provides the expertise and support in high performance computing (HPC) to facilitate compute-intensive research activities of the University. A 2,320-core HPC system (theoretical peak power of 103.4 Tera-FLOPS) equipped with the latest technologies, including Nvidia Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) and Lustre parallel file-system is available for supporting compute-intensive and accelerated computing.
Please visit http://www.its.hku.hk for additional information.
ITS, through the Learning Environment Services (LES) Team, looks after the central learning environment of the University, comprising classrooms, lecture theatres and Learning Commons.
The Learning Commons is a campus hub equipped with modern learning facilities that encourages and facilitates individual and group study.
There are four Learning Commons under the management of ITS. They are Chi Wah Learning Commons, The Oval (1/F of Knowles Building), The Curve (1/F and 2/F of KK Leung Building) and Study Lounge (MB238 of Main Building). The most exemplary Learning Commons is the Chi Wah Learning Commons (CWLC) located at the podium levels of the University’s Centennial Campus. It is offering a comfortable learning environment with the following facilities:
- Study rooms or group working rooms equipped with audio-visual (AV) facilities
- Quiet study areas
- All-in-one desktop PCs and Macintosh in open area
- Printing, copying and scanning machines
- WiFi network connectivity
- Digital Literacy Skills Laboratory (DLSL) with powerful iMacs and well equipped production studios together with technical support for multimedia production
A Student Advisory Services Zone is set up on second floor of CWLC where students may seek advice from the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES).
To know more about available facilities, please refer to the website at http://www.les.hku.hk.
CEDARS – Careers and Placement Section is committed to nurturing students to become global talents possessing professional competencies and entrepreneurial mindset. It also collaborates closely with employers and community partners to identify and recruit quality graduates to create values for their organisations and the community.
It serves as a platform with effective and all-round co-curricular programmes and placement resources which supports and empowers students to explore and select suitable career options, acquire essential skills for workplace success, pursue a personally rewarding career and make positive impact to society.
Stay tuned to their daily email and website for news, workshops and events.
Enquiries: 3917 2317 / email@example.com
Counselling and Person Enrichment
The Counselling and Person Enrichment Section of CEDARS (CEDARS-CoPE) is committed to empowering students to develop their social capability and emotional resilience, and also to capitalise on their character strengths, and to live a fulfilling and psychologically healthy life so that they are able to achieve personal success, overcome life challenges and contribute to the community by demonstrating integrity, sensitivity, and leadership.
To help students live a successful and well-balanced university life, CEDARS-CoPE offers the following services and programmes:
Take the psychological tests on university adjustment, learning styles, time management, social life and mental health to gain a better self-understanding and identify ways to achieve university success. Immediate feedback, recommendation and enrichment tips are available.
- Professional Counselling Service:
Seek early consultation on any personal issues (e.g. adjustment, study-related matters, relationships, mental health, life goals), take steps to overcome personal blocks and recognise your strengths. We have a team of professional Clinical Psychologists and Counsellors. This service is confidential and free-of-charge.
- Support for students with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN):
CEDARS-CoPE provides one-stop, comprehensive and personalised service to students with disabilities or special educational needs (SEN). Contact and register at CEDARS – SEN Support at 3917 8388 or cedars-SEN@hku.hk.
- Person Enrichment Programmes:
Each semester CEDARS-CoPE offers a great variety of small group interactive workshops on effective learning, self-management, time-management, social skills, and emotional competence. Also watch out for our campus-wide activities to promote mental health and successful university life, small group interactive workshops on effective learning, time-management, stress management and social confidence, as well as campus-wide activities which promote mental health and psychological competence.
- Peer Support Networks:
- Join “Peer English Tutoring”, an initiative to enhance your confidence in speaking English and social skills
- Register for “Survival Cantonese” to learn essential day-to-day Cantonese phrases from a native Cantonese speaking Language Partner
- Take part in “SEN PIN (Peer Impact Network)”, a service opportunity to foster mutual understanding between you and your peers with disabilities/Special Education Needs (SEN).
Enquiries: 3917 8388 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Development Team of CEDARS is committed to developing students into global citizens and socially responsible leaders by engaging them in vibrant, innovative and stimulating co-curricular programmes and offering relevant resources and advice. They also provide support for student-initiated projects and NGOs as well as students’ participation in external competitions, conventions and service learning programmes.
Major programmes and support include:
- Service Opportunities
- Educational Funds
- Leaders’ Resources
Enquiries: 3917 8387 / email@example.com
The Hong Kong University Students' Union, formerly known as the Hong Kong University Union, was established in 1912. The Union was registered as an independent student organisation in 1949, when it also assumed its current name.
Student bodies of the Union include campus media and around 130 affiliated student organisations. These student bodies are categorised into five main groups: Faculty and Academic Societies, Hall Students' Associations, Sports Clubs (forming Sports Association, HKUSU), Cultural Clubs (forming Cultural Association, HKUSU) and Independent Clubs (forming Independent Clubs Association, HKUSU).
The Union's motto is "Unity with Independence" (「團結一致、獨立自主」). Within the University, the Union promotes the welfare of the student body, and acts as a bridge between the student body and the University authority in furthering the interests of the students and the University as a whole.
Outside the campus, representing its members, the Union is also active in voicing out opinions towards Hong Kong political and social issues.
There are two amenities centres on the Main Campus and another one on the medical campus, all under the direct management of the CEDARS - Campus Life Section. They provide facilities for relaxation, study and recreational activities and also office space for student societies. The restaurants and cafeterias on both campuses offer meals at reasonable price and provide comfortable space for students to socialize and mingle.
Residential Halls, Colleges and Accommodation
Halls of Residence are more than just a place to sleep – they form part of a long tradition at the University and are as important to your overall education as your studies. Hall life provides students the chance to interact with people from different backgrounds under one roof.
HKU has 17 Residential Halls and Residential Colleges where undergraduates can experience this important part of university life. Each hall and college has its own history and culture, and as students make new friends and develop a sense of belonging, hall / college becomes a home away from home.
General Education Team of CEDARS (CEDARS-GE) is committed to providing whole-person education and cultivating among students the breadth of knowledge, competencies, and qualities with which possession they can consider themselves (and be considered) as educated individuals. The University believes that general education has to be based on awakening students' intrinsic motivation or inner drive to learn and to learn how to learn.
In each academic year, CEDARS-GE offers more than 40 non-credit bearing courses and programmes, in which prominent scholars, community leaders, and individuals with outstanding achievement in various sectors are invited to run courses and share insights with students. Happy 2gether programmes, including Happy Thursday – Tea from Around the World, and Global Kitchen, allows students with different nationalities mingle and learn other cultures. F:A:C:E: (Fascinating Arts and Cultural Experiences) supports students’ creative projects and enriches campus life and learning with more intimate and interactive encounters of arts and culture. Green lovers can join the Rooftop Farming Project and Herb Garden, and learn to grow organic vegetables on campus. Besides, the Gatherland is a cosy place for student activities while students can join our GEST (GE Student Team) to create something new with CEDARS-GE.
Enquiries: 3917 5044 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out the GE programme booklet and the enrolment dates in the new semesters.
Experiential Learning (Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre)
Experiential learning is a distinctive element of HKU's undergraduate curriculum. It takes learning outside the traditional boundary of the classroom. Students have to identify problems, communicate and negotiate with others to find solutions and make decisions in real-life settings. In this process, they make sense of the theoretical knowledge that they are studying and see things in a different light. The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC) supports and funds experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students from all Faculties. Both academic staff and students may organize educationally meaningful experiential learning opportunities and apply for funding from the Centre. For details, please go to http://ghelc.hku.hk.
The University Health Service (UHS) provides quality primary care and health education on campus to enhance the physical and psychological health of the University community. The clinical services that the UHS provides include medical consultation, nursing care, vaccination, physiotherapy service and dental service.
Every year, The UHS organises Health Orientation Programme for new students with high occupational risk. Health promotion activities are organised throughout the year. Additional information on the UHS can be found at: http://www.uhs.hku.hk/index.php
Sports and Recreation
The University has well-equipped indoor and outdoor sports facilities. An extensive range of sport, recreation, and health and fitness programmes are offered by the Centre for Sports and Exercise (CSE). Students have many opportunities to represent the University to compete against other tertiary institutions in sports. CSE supports the U-teams through the provision of professional coaching, facilities and subsidies. A Sports Scholarship Scheme allows talented local athletes to pursue studies while training and competing for the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong national teams.
The University administers a multitude of scholarships and prizes which are primarily merit-based. Scholarships (both internal and external schemes) which are open for applications are advertised on the HKU Scholarships website, and through e-newsletters. Students are advised to visit the HKU Scholarships website periodically for the latest news, application procedures and backgrounds. For those scholarships which are not publicised, relevant Heads of the Departments or Deans of Faculties will be invited to recommend suitable nominees for these awards.
Government Financial Assistance
Eligible students who need financial support to their university studies are encouraged to apply for the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme and the Non-means Tested Loan Scheme administered by the Hong Kong Government Student Finance Office. Information is available from the SFO website.
University Financial Assistance
University funds, are available to local students to supplement Government Grants and Loans. Applications are invited in early September each year. Emergency assistance is also available throughout the year. For enquiries, please contact CEDARS at http://cedars.hku.hk/finance/ufa.html.
HKUFresh$3000: A $3000 subsidy will be provided to newly admitted full-time undergraduate students who are in receipt of the HKSAR comprehensive social security allowances prior to entry to the University to cover their immediate expenses upon entry to the University. For details, please visit http://cedars.hku.hk/Finance3000.php.
First-in-the-Family Education Fund: FIFE Fund enables first-generation university students with financial needs to take part in learning programmes outside the classroom. For details, please visit the website at http://www.fife.hku.hk.
There are also education funds available to support individual students and projects:
- Chui’s Student Excellence Scheme
- SERVICE 100 Fund (incorporating the Student Knowledge Exchange Project Grant)
- Yang Tuck Ming & Wong Fung Ying Service Learning Fund
- Henry Chan Inclusive Education Fund
For details, please visit http://cedars.hku.hk/financial.php.