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 2015, there are around 6,995 full-time undergraduates, 3,388 taught programme-based postgraduates, and 429 research-based postgraduates, making a total of about 10,812 students in the University. The School of Continuing Education and its College of International Education, Hong Kong Baptist University recorded an enrolment of around 6,000 and 7,000 respectively for full-time and part-time programmes for the academic year of 2015/16. Full-time programmes include postgraduate diploma, undergraduate degree, associate degree/ higher diploma, Diploma Yi Jin and Diploma of College Foundation Studies 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 needs 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 are invited to contact the Scholarships and Financial Aid Team or visit its website at http://sa.hkbu.edu.hk/home/campus-life-support/scholarships-financial-aid/.
The University always encourages HKBU students to participate in and benefit from exchange programmes with institutions outside Hong Kong. Participating students are provided with financial assistance. We actively promote the exchange of students and collaboration with institutions outside Hong Kong. Each year we send hundreds of students abroad on academic exchanges to HKBU partner institutions. At the same time, HKBU welcomes a good number of 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 promotes 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 60 student interest clubs on campus that appeal to the varied interests of students and contribute to the objectives of a broadly-based liberal arts education. Student governance is exercised through the Student Representatives in the Senate, the Students' Union and its Council, and the Postgraduate Association. Student representatives hold more than 280 seats in approximately 50 University-wide boards, committees, panels and focus groups.
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 2015/16 academic year are as follows: