The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the territory’s first university, established in 1911, and is today a comprehensive research-led university recognised globally for its academic and research excellence. We are consistently ranked as Hong Kong’s best overall university in international higher-education league tables.
Our curriculum offers a comprehensive range and flexibility in disciplinary subject choices, coupled with the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary programmes and to benefit from holistic experiential learning. As its medium-of-instruction is English, HKU receives over 20,000 student applications annually from over 80 countries. We have the largest international university student population in Hong Kong and half of our teachers are international faculty.
Additionally, HKU is also strong in post-graduate research, conducting cutting-edge work in many fields. The University's pioneering influenza researchers identified the coronavirus that triggered the 2003 SARS epidemic and located the source of the avian flu outbreak. The State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at HKU and State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at HKU are each the first such Laboratories of their kind to be established outside of Mainland China. HKU has collaborative networks with over 300 universities internationally, and works with businesses and governments around the world so that as many people as possible can benefit from our research discoveries.