Today, HKU has gained international recognition for its accomplishments as a research-led comprehensive university.
In 2003, during the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HKU medical researchers became the first in the world to identify the coronavirus that caused the SARS.
In 2005, the Faculty of Medicine has renamed the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.
From 2010 to 2012, the University held Centenary Celebrations to mark its 100th anniversary.
In 2012 – along with all the other institutions of higher learning in Hong Kong and in accordance with the government’s education policy – the University officially launches its 4-year undergraduate curriculum.
HKU continues to attract the best local students, along with many Mainland China and international students. The University’s academics have outstanding achievements in teaching and research, and about half of HKU’s faculty are from overseas.
All ten faculties and their departments provide teaching and supervision for postgraduate-level research (MPhil and PhD) students, with administration undertaken by the Graduate School.
The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University, delivers impact through internationalization, innovation, and interdisciplinarity. It attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange. It makes a positive social contribution through global presence, regional significance, and engagement with the rest of China.
The University of Hong Kong will endeavor:
- To advance constantly the bounds of scholarship, building upon its proud traditions and strengths;
- To provide a comprehensive education, benchmarked against the highest international standards, designed to develop fully the intellectual and personal strengths of its students, while extending lifelong learning opportunities for the community;
- To produce graduates of distinction committed to academic/professional excellence, critical intellectual inquiry, and lifelong learning, who are communicative and innovative, ethically and culturally aware, and capable of tackling the unfamiliar with confidence;
- To develop a collegial, flexible, pluralistic, and supportive intellectual environment that inspires and attracts, retains, and nurtures scholars, students, and staff of the highest calibre in a culture that fosters creativity, learning, and freedom of thought, enquiry and expression;
- To provide a safe, healthy and sustainable workplace to support and advance teaching, learning and research at the University;
- To engage in innovative, high-impact and leading-edge research within and across disciplines;
- To be fully accountable for the effective management of public and private resources bestowed upon the institution and act in partnership with the community over the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge;
- To serve as a focal point of intellectual and academic endeavour in Hong Kong, China and Asia and act as a gateway and forum for scholarship with the rest of the world.