The University of Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong. By Baycrest (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

History of HKU

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest university in Hong Kong, as the name already suggests, and also one of the most renowned universities in Asia. It was founded in 1910. It offers programs at least in architecture, engineering, medicine, law, and social sciences. Interestingly, it only includes a faculty of business and economics since 2001. In the academic year ending in 2010. about 22.000 students were studying at HKU [1].

Hong Kong University Students' Union 1 HKU Students' Union. By Minghong (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (


The campus is located on Hong Kong Island, west of the MTR terminus Sheung Wan, below Victoria Peak. Unlike the much younger University of Science and Technology, HKU has a downtown campus that has grown over time.


The University of Hong Kong has been ranked 34th of the World in the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012 [2] and competes on an international level.


  1. The University of Hong Kong. accessed 2011-12-27
  2. Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012. accessed 2011-12-27