About HKU

General Information

The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1911 to build on the work of the Hong Kong College of Medicine (established in 1887), is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. The main estate is situated on the north-western slopes of Hong Kong Island and overlooks Victoria Harbour.

In 2017-18 the University had a student population of more than 29,000, including over 17,000 undergraduate students and over 12,000 postgraduate students (including around 2,800 MPhil and PhD students). From modest beginnings with only three Faculties, the University has grown to embrace almost every major area of teaching and research, and can now confidently claim to be one of the best and most well-established universities in the region. It now has ten Faculties (Architecture, Arts, Business and Economics, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences), which offer over 40 first degree programmes and over 100 taught postgraduate programmes. In addition, all Faculties and their departments provide teaching and supervision for research (MPhil and PhD) students.

The University is a self-governing corporation, which draws its income from endowments, grants from the Hong Kong SAR Government, and fees.