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A Quick Guide to Hong Kong's Top Universities

By Sarah Moran 1 January 2019
While ten universities in our tiny city may sound like a lot, it's no secret that getting into any graduate or undergraduate degree programme is extremely difficult. Yet, despite the fierce competition, these universities see no decrease in the number of people – local or overseas – applying for a space in the institutions every year. With this in mind, we take a quick look at some of the best university options here in Hong Kong, and what they have to offer.

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The University of Hong Kong

Type: Public Location: Pok Fu Lam Year Established: 1911 As the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is one of the most prestigious universities in Asia. As of 2019, HKU ranks 25th internationally in the World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The school's academic strengths include medicine, actuarial science (the only discipline in Hong Kong that trains such professionals), dentistry, as well as education and training.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Type: Public Year Established: 1963 Location: Sha Tin The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was founded in 1963 in response to society’s demand for higher education that would bring out the best of Chinese and western cultures. Ranking 49th internationally in the QS World University Rankings, CUHK is best known for its excellence in medicine, Chinese language, as well as Communication and Media studies.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Type: Public Year Established: 1991 Location: Clear Water Bay The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is commonly regarded as one of the fastest growing universities in the world. It was ranked 37th in the world, and 2nd in the "Top 50 under 50" category by the QS World University Ranking. The university specialises in science, engineering, business and management, humanities and social science programmes, but is especially known for their MBA programme.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Type: Public Year Established: 1972 Location: Hung Hom The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is known for being the sole provider of unique, quality programmes in design, engineering in air transport, aviation and transportation systems, occupational therapy, optometry, physiotherapy, and more. The school came 7th in the QS World University Ranking's "Top 50 Under 50" list, and is also known for providing excellent programmes in fashion and textile design.

City University of Hong Kong

Type: Public Year Established: 1994 Location: Kowloon Tong City University of Hong Kong (City U) is a fast-growing institution that offers a range of competitive undergraduate programmes, including global business, English studies, media and communication, as well as social work. The school ranks 55th internationally, and 5th in the world's "Top 50 Under 50" category by the QS World University Ranking.
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Sarah Moran

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.