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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1911
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Pok Fu Lam, Southern District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
    • Phone:
    • +85239175886
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of University of Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong is a public research university located in Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Founded in 1911, its origins can be traced back to the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese which was founded in 1887. University of Hong Kong is said to be the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It is often cited as one of the most prestigious universities in Asia.The University of Hong Kong is organised into 10 academic faculties with English as the language of instruction. 

Academic Highlights

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is renowned for its academic excellence, world-class research programmes, global connections and social impact. It exhibits strength in scholarly research and education of science, biomedicine, dentistry, education, humanities, law, linguistics, political sciences, and social sciences.  The University of Hong Kong was also the first team in the world which successfully isolated the corona virus, the causative agent of SARS.  

Life in University of Hong Kong

Student welfare is served by several units, including the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), which provides guidance for most areas of student life including career counselling, and the University Health Service, which provides health care, referrals and preventive services.

School Ranking

University of Hong Kong places 25th in 2019 QS World University Rankings – its top marks in seven years. Hong Kong's oldest university achieved its best showing in seven years in the QS World University Rankings 2019 released on Thursday, coming in at 25th place among 1,000 institutions around the world.


Admission to HKU is highly competitive. In 2016, the university received around 40,000 applications for undergraduate studies, over 16,000 of which were from outside the Hong Kong schools' system. For Mainland China applicants, the enrollment rate was 1 student for every 21 applications.According to a survey done by the (The Hong Kong Education Net), HKU enrolled students with the best performance in HKDSE examination in 2012.

Notable Alumni

The University of Hong Kong has educated many notable alumni in many varied fields. Among them is Dr Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China, who was a graduate of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese, the predecessor of HKU. Over 40 principal officials, permanent secretaries, Executive Council and Legislative Council members of the Hong Kong SAR Government are HKU graduates.

Acceptance Rate

The University of Hong Kong has a quota for international students, and because of the large demand from Chinese and Indian students, the acceptance rate has gone down. It is estimated that the acceptance rate is 10%. It differs widely according to your financial ability.

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