The Faculty of Arts is one of the flagship faculties of the University of Hong Kong and one of the finest humanities faculties in the region and internationally.  It was founded in 1912, when the University opened, and it has been a focus of academic life on campus ever since, building on its tradition of facing and resolving new educational and intellectual challenges.

The Faculty seeks to contribute to knowledge development through outstanding teaching and scholarship. It provides a comprehensive, humanities and liberal arts research environment, and its strengths include world-class expertise in China-West studies, highly internationalized academic staff, and a strong culture- and language-based curriculum.

Teachers in the Faculty are committed to excellence in research, which feeds into the broad, liberal education they provide to students and the community. Arts graduates emerge with analytic, linguistic, critical and creative skills that are central in their future leadership roles and success in their professional careers. Over the past century, the Faculty's graduates have made significant contributions in government, the arts, business and other fields in Hong Kong, the region and internationally.

The Faculty strives to extend the significance of its research and teaching into the wider community.  It aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities and to reinforce the artistic, social and educational values of the arts and humanities.  In turn, it has received significant support for its work from public and private sources.

HKU ranks 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world in the Times Higher Education's World's Most International Universities 2017.  HKU Arts and Humanities ranks 13th and 30th respectively in the QS World University Subject Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings in 2017.  The Faculty also made the global top 30 in three subjects in the QS World University Subject Rankings: Linguistics (10th), Modern Languages (13th), and English Language & Literature (27th).  In the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 conducted by the University Grants Committee, five disciplines – Area Studies, English, Fine Arts, History and Linguistics – were ranked no. 1 amongst all institutions in Hong Kong.