REPORTEDLY, A throng of top Mainland Chinese high school
graduates is refusing to follow the conventional path towards Peking Univ. and
Tsinghua Univ. Instead, according to the Chosun Ilbo, they are flying over to
Hong Kong to enter the Univ. of Hong Kong. What advantages and merits does the
Univ. of Hong Kong possess for it to surpass its Mainland competitors and
ultimately attract the highest achievers?
As the first university founded in
Hong Kong, its status has been elevated to an internationally preeminent
university in Asia, ranking 39th in world’s top universities by The Times. It is
located on Hong Kong Island where all the central activities and commerce of
Hong Kong take place. Because of the limited size of the Hong Kong territory,
the college had connected all buildings through escalators and elevators for
effective use of the space. Although the aggregate size of the university is
small compared to that of Yonsei Univ., it accommodates not only basic
classrooms but also a swimming pool, basketball court and even dormitories.
Specifically, ten different kinds of dormitories welcome both domestic and
international students with each dorm’s distinctive culture and
The university is made up of ten faculties that encompass various
areas of study and 50 undergraduate departments under them. Around 90% of the
courses are taught in English, enabling exchange students to study with Hong
Kong’s local students. Along with the large percentage of English classes, the
university boasts distinguished overseas professors comprising 45% of the
academic staff. Also, it has installed a separate tutorial program where
teaching assistants lead active discussions as a way to enrich students’
academic experiences. “The professors expect creative results from students by
allowing them more flexibility on class projects,” says Kim Kyu-sik (Sr., Dept.
of Business Admin.), a 2005 Univ. of Hong Kong exchange student.
sports activities and clubs to buddy programs connecting the local students and
international students, the Univ. of Hong Kong guarantees various learning
experiences outside the classrooms. Students living in dormitories can take part
in a regular formal party called ‘high table dinner’ to which renowned guest
speakers are invited to speak. “Overall school activities were much more diverse
than Yonsei?. For example, the Student Association got sponsors from major
corporations and planned a New York trip for students last year,” continues Kim.
Outside, the city of Hong Kong is always ready to provide boundless
opportunities to exchange students. Besides enjoying the 24-hour shopping and
night scene, students can seize the chance to take part in internships and
Recently, Asia’s richest man, Hong Kong tycoon Li
Ka-shing donated 13 million US dollars to the Univ. of Hong Kong. With ample
funds in hand, the university is now working on strategic future development
plans to become one of the top 25 universities in the world.