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.
The University has four campuses: the Ho Sin Hang Campus, the Shaw Campus, the Baptist University Road Campus and the Kai Tak Campus. Together they provide an attractive, student-focused urban university environment that helps to nurture body, mind, and spirit.
Located in the heart of Kowloon, these campuses are only a few minutes' walk from MTR stations, and are well serviced by public transport from virtually every area of Hong Kong.
With the theme of "Inspires Creativity for Whole-person Education", the Campus Expansion Plan (CEP) 2007-2014 will add a net floor area of nearly 27,000m2
for teaching, administration and amenities use –a nearly 50% increase in the current campus size. (The existing area for University Grants Committee-funded activities is about 56,600m2
, excluding the Kai Tak Campus and the space under the School of Continuing Education.)
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. Accordingly, by the time students have completed the GE Programme, students should be able to: (1) communicate effectively as speakers and writers in both English and Chinese; (2) access and manage complex information and problems using technologically appropriate means; (3) apply appropriate mathematical reasoning to address problems in everyday life; (4) acquire an active and healthy lifestyle; (5) use historical and cultural perspectives to gain insight into contemporary issues; (6) apply various value systems to decision-making in personal, professional, and social/political situations; (7) make connections among a variety of disciplines to gain insight into contemporary personal, professional, and community situations.
English is the medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
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 Office of Student Affairs or visit its website at http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/campus/scholarships.html
Funding from the University is available to enable more students to participate in and benefit from exchange programmes with institutions outside of Hong Kong. Participating students are provided with financial assistance. The University actively promotes the exchange of students and collaboration with institutions outside Hong Kong. Each year we send hundreds of students abroad on academic exchanges to some 200 HKBU partner institutions. In the 2011/12 academic year, HKBU welcomed 398 in-bound exchange students from North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.
Aided by an international team of academics and visiting scholars, HKBU is committed to creating a cosmopolitan learning environment that helps instil 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 internationalisation 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 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.
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 2011-2012 academic year are as follows:
Three BBA students won the Championship in the 18th Content National Collegial Business Case Analysis Competition held in Wuhan. They beat more than 200 teams in four rounds of competitions to win the top award. Their finalist counterparts include the Central University of Finance and Economics, Peking University, Shandong University, Sichuan University, Tianjin University, Wuhan University and Xiamen University.
The HKBU student delegation clinched several major awards in the Asian International Model United Nations Conference organised by the Peking University for the third consecutive year. The delegation comprised 10 students, of whom two were from the School of Business. Apart from the intense discussions and dynamic negotiations, HKBU students demonstrated outstanding diplomatic skills through their speeches and the ability to make tough compromises with delegates from around the world.
Students from HKBU Academy of Film won three awards in the 9th Global Chinese Universities Student Film and Television Festival Awards. This event, which has been successfully positioned as “the University Oscars” in the Chinese-language community, attracted 76 entries from 44 universities competing for 13 awards.
HKBU Judo team attained great results at the 23rd Joint College Judo Competition. The team, comprising 14 athletes, competed against around 120 contestants from 11 local tertiary institutions and clinched the Team Competition Championship, eight individual awards and the Overall Championship for the third consecutive year in the tournament.
HKBU and the Society of Chinese Materia Medica participated in the annual Hong Kong Flower Show organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. This year, the Society of Chinese Materia Medica clinched the Grand Award for Outstanding Exhibit for its special display on the theme of “Lingnan Herbs”. Students of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) introduced the applications of Lingnan herbs in folk medicine, a soup diet for avoiding health risks, and herbal tea at the booth.
The Chinese Debating Team won the second prize in the annual Inter-collegiate Debate Competition jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Students. Student from the Department of Computer Science was named Best Debater in the preliminary contests.
Three students from the Faculty of Science won the Silver Project Award in the International Biomolecular Design Competition for developing a nano-sensor that detects disease-related biomarkers.
HKBU students were awarded the Outstanding Winner prize at the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. The HKBU group was one of 10 teams chosen for the award from among the 3,697 participating teams from institutions around the world and was the only team from Hong Kong to claim the honour this year.
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.