World Class Education
Over the past decades, we have been attaching great importance to promoting quality post-secondary education by welcoming talents, upholding academic freedom, respecting institutional autonomy, fostering collaboration and promoting academic exchanges. Hong Kong aspires to further develop itself into a regional education hub with world-class universities and quality institutions through diversification and internationalisation. It is our vision to nurture bilingual students with broad knowledge base, global outlook, enriched learning experience, ability to think critically and creatively, ability to work independently and collaboratively, and most important of all, the integrity to serve the community.
World Class Institutions
Our universities’ performance is outstanding amidst our population and GDP compared with other developed countries and regions. Taking territorial area into account, we have the most densely located world-class universities than any other places in the world.
Of the 20 local degree-awarding institutions in Hong Kong, two are ranked in the world’s top 50 and four are ranked in Asia’s top 10 by the Quacquarelli Symonds University Rankings 2015-16. In academic year 2015-16, the Times Higher Education survey ranked two of our universities within the top 100 in the world, and three in the “100 under 50” rankings (top 100 universities less than 50 years of history).
According to Financial Times surveys in 2015, Hong Kong universities also host some of the world’s best business administration and executive business management programmes. Our performance in other fields is equally impressive. We adopt international standards in curriculum design and quality assurance.
Our institutions also join hands with other prestigious universities worldwide to offer joint academic programmes. The EMBA programme offered by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in collaboration with Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University, was ranked 1st from 2009 to 2013 and 2nd in 2014 and 2015 by the Financial Times.
Our institutions strive for excellence in conducting world-class quality research. They have also emphasised inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in research activities so as to create synergy and maximise available resources.
The HKSAR Government established the Research Endowment Fund in 2009. With a total endowment value of HK$23 billion, it provides a stable source of funding for research conducted by the tertiary education sector in Hong Kong.
To attract both outstanding local and non-local students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme was launched in 2009. The scheme provides each awardee with a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (about US$2,500) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (about US$1,300) per year for a period of up to three years. For awardees who need more than three years to complete their PhD studies, additional support may be provided by the chosen institutions.