History, Tradition and Alumni

Over the past century HKU has evolved from a minor institution in a far-out colonial outpost to the top university in Asia, located in the heart of the continent's financial capital. Since it was founded, the University has sought to transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries. Its motto has two parts, one Chinese and one Latin, reflecting its scholarly blend of East and West. “Sapientia et virtus” translates as wisdom and virtue, while “mingde gewu” means to manifest virtue and to investigate things.

History, Tradition and Alumni

Comprehensive University

HKU offers 42 undergraduate programmes across 10 faculties, covering more than 70 major areas of study. We aim to provide students with a broad-based education across different disciplines with a global perspective, in order to develop students' intellectual and personal strengths. We expect the best out of our students, who are among the top achievers in their schools and often their countries. 

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Research Excellence

HKU consistently receives the highest number of awards of any University Grants Committee-funded institution (UGC) in Hong Kong. Students have the opportunity to conduct research internships in the laboratories of HKU professors, 114 of whom have been ranked among the World's top 1% of scientists by Clarivate Analytics. Among the 114 HKU scientists, 15 of them are named in the list of ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ as among the world’s top researchers whose work have been highly cited by their fellow academics and are hence making a significant impact on ongoing research in their respective fields.

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Global Recognition

Further boosting its reputation as a leading university in Asia, The University of Hong Kong received well-deserved recognition from prestigious global institutions.

1st in Hong Kong1

22nd in the World2

1st in Hong Kong for
Best Global Universities

1st most International University in the World4

HKU also ranked among the world's top 20 universities in 10 academic disciplines. Students also get the opportunity to go on full-year or short-term academic exchanges, with credit transfers, to 365 partnering institutions around the world.

THE World University Rankings 2019 | QS World University Rankings 2021| US News 2019 | THE  The World's Most International Universities 2019

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International Community

HKU prides itself on its international community of students and staff, providing a vibrant, colourful campus life for everyone. Some 144 countries are represented in the student body since 2000, with new ones added every year. Students can enjoy an international experience not just within the university but also through HKU's myriad of worldwide exchange programmes, summer schools and international internship opportunities.

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Graduate Prospects

The university's graduates can be confident in their career prospects; they have enjoyed an employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 consecutive years. Strong alumni networks around the world keep HKU graduates in touch with the University. The overwhelming majority of graduates say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs.

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