Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), as a community of scholars, is committed to a distinctive mission of higher education that incorporates teaching, research and service, and which inculcates in all who participate a sense of value extending beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge. The University seeks to foster and achieve excellence, intellectual freedom and the highest of ethical standards. These commitments have evolved from the University's heritage of Christian higher education within a Chinese cultural setting. As a result of this tradition, the University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that develops and sustains the whole person in all of these educational endeavours.
Founded in 1956, the University has established its place in Hong Kong's tertiary education sector by emphasising academic excellence and whole-person education with a Christian ethos. Pioneering and broad-based interactive programmes, academic excellence embodying a careful balance between teaching and research, international perspective and commitment to quality assurance have become hallmarks of the University.
Faculties and Schools
The University has eight Faculties/Schools/Academy - Arts, Business, Chinese Medicine, Communication, Science, Social Sciences, Visual Arts, and Continuing Education, which offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in various disciplines.
As of September 2012, there are around 5,076 full-time undergraduates, 3,530 taught programme-based postgraduates, and 373 research-based postgraduates, making a total of about 8,473 students in the University. The School of Continuing Education and its College of International Education, Hong Kong Baptist University recorded an enrolment of over 6,500 and around 20,000 respectively for full-time and part-time programmes for the academic year of 2012/13. Full-time programmes include postgraduate diploma, undergraduate degree, associate degree/ higher diploma and Yi Jin Diploma programmes. Part-time programmes include postgraduate diploma, undergraduate/ postgraduate degree and certificate/diploma programmes for working learners from all walks of life.
The University offers full-time integrated undergraduate programmes which consist of single and interdisciplinary programmes on both departmental and faculty/school 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 and 38 units of GE courses. The aim of the GE curriculum is to provide a foundation for each student’s development as a Whole Person through exposure to a range of transferable skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that all students will need in their future professional and personal lives. Through whole-hearted participation in the 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
All full-time students with financial need 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. For more information, students should contact the Scholarships and Financial Aid Team or visit its website at http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/home/campus-life-support/scholarships-financial-aid/.
Funding from the University is available to enable HKBU students to participate in and benefit from exchange programmes with institutions outside of Hong Kong. Participating students are provided with financial assistance. We actively promote the exchange of students and collaboration with institutions outside of Hong Kong. Each year we send hundreds of students abroad on academic exchanges to some 300 HKBU partner institutions. In the 2012/13 academic year, HKBU welcomed 345 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 promote internationalization 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.
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 more than 50 student interest clubs on campus that appeal to the varied interests of students and to contribute to the objectives of a broadly-based liberal arts education. Student governance is exercised through the Student Senators, the Student Union and its Council, and the Postgraduate Association. Student representatives hold more than 165 seats in approximately 41 University-wide boards, committees and panels.
Achievement Highlights in Extra-curricular Activities
In line with the University's whole-person education ethos, students are encouraged to stretch their visions beyond textbooks and classrooms. In addition to achieving academic excellence, they have also demonstrated good spirit and sportsmanship through participation in social services and extra-curricular activities. Highlights of their achievements in the 2012-2013 academic year are as follows:
Four Year 3 students formed a team called BU Magician and won the Silver Project Award in the 2012 International Bio-molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD 2012) held recently at Harvard University, USA. The HKBU team is the only winning team from Hong Kong among other competing teams from the US, Japan and Mainland China.
A team comprising four students of the BBA programme of the School of Business recently clinched the first runner-up title in the CFA Institute Research Challenge 2012-13 organised by the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts.
The HKBU Student Union Mandarin Debate Team recently won the runner-up prize at the Joint-University Mandarin Debate Competition organized by RTHK Putonghua Channel, after winning four preliminaries in October and November.
Twenty-six members of the DanceSport Society recently scooped 34 medals at the 9th Inter-school DanceSport Competition, breaking last year's record of 29 medals. They won four golds, 10 silvers, nine bronzes and 11 second-class honour awards in the post-secondary division of the competition organised by the Hong Kong DanceSport Association.
HKBU’s 10-student delegation clinched two Outstanding Delegate Awards for the fourth consecutive year at the Asian International Model United Nations Conference recently organised by Peking University. This year, the Conference attracted more than 400 students from 100 institutions in 20 countries and regions. HKBU students demonstrated outstanding diplomatic skills through their speeches as they made tough compromises with delegates from around the world.
Three 2012 Computer Science fresh graduates won prizes, including a silver award, a bronze award and a merit award, for their outstanding final year projects at the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) Innovation & Technology Project Competition Award this year.
The HKBU’s Judo Team achieved remarkable results at the 24th Joint College Judo Competition held last week. The 16 athletes in the HKBU team competed against around 130 contestants from 12 local tertiary institutions and clinched the team championship and six individual awards. This is the fourth consecutive year that the HKBU team has won the overall championship in the tournament.
A BBA student majoring in Accounting, recently won the second runner-up award at the Joint University Forex Investment Simulation Contest (JUFXIC) for his shrewd investment technique and analytical skills.
The HKBU Rowing Team clinched the overall male championship, the overall women's second runner-up title and the overall second runner-up title in the 13th Hong Kong Universities Indoor Rowing Championships held recently at seven local universities.
The University and the Society of Chinese Materia Medica are participating again in the annual Hong Kong Flower Show organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. This year, students from the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) were introducing the comprehensive application of medicinal plants to diet and medication, and the functions of the plant odours through a range of displays which enabled the public to learn more about the use of medicinal plants in general.