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Leadership & Governance

The University of Hong Kong is incorporated under a Hong Kong Ordinance (Chapter 1053 of 1964). The Ordinance defines in general outline the University's powers and duties, the privileges, and the constitution, and may be amended only by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Facts & Figures


Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
Asia University Rankings 2023
4 Times Higher Education
Asia University Rankings 2023
21 Quacquarelli Symonds
World University Rankings 2023
31 Times Higher Education
World University Rankings 2023

Our History

The University of Hong Kong (or HKU, as it is familiarly known to students, staff and alumni) is the oldest tertiary education institution in Hong Kong.

On March 16, 1910, Sir Frederick Lugard, the then Governor of Hong Kong, laid the foundation stone for the University.

Our Identity

The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1911, is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It was granted a shield and a motto by the College of Arms in 1913, and throughout its history the University's visual identity has been firmly based on their display, often coupled the University's name. This is a distinction that resonates outside Hong Kong, particularly in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth jurisdictions, and the United States. It is also a reminder of the University's antiquity, and a most dignified and effective corporate identity.

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