The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was founded in 1963. The public research university has a global vision and a mission to mix tradition with modernity. It was established by a charter granted by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong and is considered the second-oldest university in the territory. When it was founded, it was created as a federation of already existing college: the Chung Chi College, the New Asia College and the United College. The school is known for its teaching excellence. Students come from near and far to study at this great university. Not only because of its unique teaching approach, but also because of its bilingualism and multiculturalism. Graduates of CUHK are well-equipped for their future careers, as they are connected through the extensive alumni network that the Chinese University of Hong Kong has. The school is one one the leading universities in Hong Kong and Asia. It is designed around a flexible credit unit system. Besides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the higher education institution offer general education courses to broaden the students’ horizons. The courses are offered in many subject areas. All of them are accredited and open to international students. CUHK is also known for its fantastic research programmes. The campus is beautiful – it overlooks Tolo Harbour and is the largest and greenest campus in all of Hong Kong, hence making it a perfect learning environment. It is home to numerous facilities, all of them being modern, that are of interest to the students, including world-class libraries, art museums, sport facilities, such as: a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts and gymnasiums. The university is consistently ranked among the top universities. Four Nobel laureates are affiliated with the school and it is the only tertiary establishment (in Hong Kong) with recipients of the Nobel Prize.
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Appointment of new Vice-Chancellor is a failure of school-based education. While the social science courses teaching students knowledge of Democratic election, the school is the first to disobey. The selection committee, unlike HKU, HKUST, has zero student participation while they are the biggest stakeholder in the school.
Not only is CUHK’s main campus breathtaking, it provides for a good educational environment for students. The university is well-equipped with modern and up-to-date facilities to help students with their study. We have 8 libraries in total around the campus; one for media, one for architectural studies, the medical library and the law library. The Professors are always helpful and are happy to talk to students when needed.
Moreover, the college system within the university brings forth the uniqueness of CUHK. Each student belongs to a different college, and in that students are able to meet different peoples from different countries and students from different faculties.
I think CUHK provides for a well-rounded university life for all students.
Love the college system which gather people from different faculties. Professors are helpful in general. Food options are diversified. Focus on all round development of students.
However, it is always being described as a not-so- international students because there are too many intakes of students from mainland China. The school should increase the proportion of students from other foreign countries.
Whether to choose CUHK for your studies or not really depends on what your plans are. CUHK is developing itself as a research university and that means that teaching may not be the number one priority of your professors (publishing and successfully completing research projects is). You should also be comfortable with hierarchy and bureaucracy – don’t expect to call your teachers by their first name, and brace for a campus tour to get 5 signatures on every form that needs submitting. That said, the facilities are very good with a state-of-the-art new library (that will even loan you a MacBook charger!) & interlibrary loan system (includes all university libraries in Hong Kong), as well as e.g. a bank and shops on campus. CUHK is also a great choice if you plan to study abroad, whether at bachelor, master, or postgrad-level; there is an extensive list of partner universities and some interesting scholarships are available. Finally, it is important to realize that the campus (indeed the most beautiful in Hong Kong) is not located in Hong Kong’s urban area. Though only a 45 min. a train ride away, if you’re after the busy high-rise Hong Kong experience, you may need to think twice. Recommended for people who see studying as a priority and can cope with hierarchy & red tape.
My experience at the CUHK was quite great overall. The teaching staff at the University were at a high standard, and many of the faculties (including the Faculty of Law, where I studied) were recognized internationally. The University also made significant effort to enhance the job-seeking potential of its students, by hosting a number of networking and career events throughout the academic year. The University is also notably situated on a beautiful campus with a lot for students to take advantage of. The bus system within the campus makes it easy to get around, and is completely free for students to use.
The most significant setbacks associated with the CUHK are the bureaucracy and lack of efficiency with all administrative matters. Most activities involving any sort of faculty or departmental approval require students to fill out a great number of forms, most of which are processed quite slowly. This is, however, a small price to pay for a world-class education on a beautiful campus, so overall the experience is still one that I would highly recommend.
My university provided me with all the support I needed, and encouraged me to be up to date with all the new developments in the world. They also provided me with the incentive to excel at what I do, and they take much pride in my achievements. I have had a very rewarding university experience.