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 corners of the world. At the end of 2008, we have more than 6,300 staff members, some 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Of these students, about 3,000 are from 45 countries and regions outside Hong Kong. Over 110,000 graduates are connected through some 90 alumni associations both within and outside Hong Kong.
The CUHK education aims to nurture students with both specialized knowledge and wisdom for life. It is distinguished by a flexible credit unit system, a college system, bilingualism and multiculturalism. Our general education courses broaden students' interests, widen their perspectives, and develop their ability to face the challenges of contemporary life. Our eight Faculties — Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science, with the Graduate School, offer over 370 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The University received research funding of over HK$1.46 billion in the 2007-08 academic year from various local and overseas sources. Four research areas led by our staff have been selected as 4 of the only 10 Areas of Excellence funded by the University Grants Committee. Our research centres have close collaboration with Mainland and overseas institutions. Many research products have been put into practical use through technology transfer and spin-off companies. In the 10-year strategic plan adopted in 2006, 5 among our existing areas of excellence were identified as key areas for strategic research investment: Chinese Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Information Sciences, Economics & Finance, Geoinformation and Earth Sciences. The aim is that these areas will achieve world-class impact, bringing enormous benefits to society.
Unique College System
CUHK offers Hong Kong's only college experience. Our constituent colleges, Chung Chi, New Asia, United and Shaw, complement the efforts of the University to deliver whole-person education and pastoral care. The college system helps to sustain intimate interaction among teachers and students, thus building strong identification of students and alumni with their affiliated colleges. Five new colleges, Morningside College, S.H. Ho College, C.W. Chu College, Wu Yee Sun College and Lee Woo Sing College recently joined the CUHK family. The new colleges will further enhance diversity and choice on campus.
Our stunning 134-hectare campus overlooking the scenic Tolo Harbour is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong. We have 7 libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasia. The campus is equipped with 28,000 network ports. Over 50% of our undergraduates reside in hostels, which accommodate over 6,600 students.
Welcome to the CUHK website, the virtual gateway to The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a research-based, comprehensive university with eight Faculties — Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science. The University was established over 40 years ago with a mission to 'combine tradition with modernity; and to bring together China and the West'. We distinguish ourselves among local universities by virtue of our rich Chinese cultural heritage, a bilingual and bicultural tradition, and a unique collegiate system. Our faculty and students hail from the world over, and we maintain close ties with important seats of learning both in Mainland China and overseas. The quality of our research and teaching enjoys recognition worldwide.
I encourage you to explore our website where you will find a wealth of information about us and our aspirations to build a student-centred and research-based university. You are also welcome to visit our picturesque campus in Shatin where you will meet faculty and students from 45 countries and regions outside Hong Kong—truly a global community in miniature epitomizing our belief in 'education without borders'.