Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a forward-looking comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. CUHK teachers and students hail from all around the world. CUHK graduates are connected worldwide through an extensive alumni network.
As a top university in Hong Kong and Asia, CUHK aims to nurture students with both specialized knowledge and wisdom for life. The education experience here is distinguished by a flexible credit unit system, a college system, bilingualism, and multiculturalism. There are general education courses to broaden students' perspectives and develop in them the ability to face the challenges of contemporary society. Their eight Faculties offer a wide array of excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Of all Hong Kong universities, CUHK is the only one that offers a college experience. To their constituent colleges, Chung Chi, New Asia, United and Shaw, have recently been added Morningside, S.H. Ho, CW Chu, Wu Yee Sun and Lee Woo Sing, bring up the total number of colleges to nine. College programmes and activities complement the formal curricula by delivering whole-person education and pastoral care. The college system also encourages intimate interaction among teachers, students and alumni.
University General Education
The University General Education curriculum provides students with a broad intellectual perspective and instils in them an understanding of the values of different academic disciplines. Students can choose from over 200 courses offered by various teaching departments which are grouped into four required study areas:
- Chinese Cultural Heritage
- Nature, Science and Technology
- Society and Culture
- Self and Humanity
College General Education
College education is a unique feature of CUHK. Each College tailors its College General Education Programme to its cultural background and ideals. Colleges offer their students formal college general education courses, as well as college life education which puts an emphasis on student participation, sharing, and exchange.
- Chung Chi College
- New Asia College
- United College
- Shaw College
- Morningside College
- S.H. Ho College
- CW Chu College
- Wu Yee Sun College
- Lee Woo Sing College
About Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. It is a place with multiple personalities as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and having been under British colonization. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent mainland population. It is an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia’s World City.
Located in the northwest end of Sha Tin, 30 minutes by train from downtown Kowloon and 20 minutes to the Lo Wu border, the Chinese University is celebrated for the beauty of her campus. The 137.3-hectare campus built on a hillside is the largest and the most stunning in Hong Kong. Most of this area is covered in greenery which is nicely carved out of rocks on three plateaux, and nestled among the greenery are tasteful buildings featuring a mix of Chinese and Western architectural styles. The CUHK campus is a famous haven for many varieties of flora and fauna which great care has been taken to protect and enhance. It also commands panoramic views of the Tolo Harbour and mountain ranges nearby. Many poets have waxed lyrical about its harmonious tranquillity and scholarly atmosphere.
The pedestrian-friendly campus is perfect for bird and botany tours, as well as hiking, cycling and long leisurely walks. In fact, the Chinese University is home to some of the nicest walks in Hong Kong. A stroll from the MTR University Station to any of the University's Colleges may take you past a lily pond, rare trees, a Chinese pavilion, a tree-lined mall, monastic courtyards, a Chinese medicinal garden, famous sculptures, award-winning architecture and a plethora of other sceneries and structures as diverse and delightful. All this makes the Chinese University an ideal environment for intellectual and personal growth.
To guide the long-term development of its campus, CUHK has a Campus Master Plan (CMP) in place. Taking into account the teaching, learning and research needs of the University, the CMP maps out a sustainable and visionary blueprint for the development of the University campus in the years up to 2021 and beyond, setting the stage for CUHK to grow as a world-class institution enjoying both academic excellence and campus sustainability.
Facilities & Services
The University has a range of facilities and resources aimed at making academic inquiry as smooth, invigorating and pleasurable a process as possible. These University facilities also add extra dimensions to life on campus - from the artistic and cultural, to the recreational and athletic. And at CUHK, you can enjoy all the conveniences of Hong Kong's urban centre without the hassle.
Living on Campus
Over 50% of CUHK undergraduates reside in more than 20 hostels of their Colleges. Jointly with six postgraduate halls, these accommodate over 8,000 students. In 2005, I-house began providing a multi-cultural living environment to local, non-local and exchange students.
Conveniences including transport to and from the University, on-campus transport services, parking, medical clinics, restaurants, a bookstore, banks, a souvenir counter, a supermarket and a hair salon, are also available on campus.