The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong’s (HSUHK) roots stretch back 38 years to the establishment of Hang Seng School of Commerce (HSSC) in 1980, with funding from the S H Ho Foundation, the Ho Tim Charitable Foundation, Dah Chong Hong Limited, several Hang Seng Bank founding directors and Hang Seng Bank Limited. From 1980 to 2009, HSSC was a pioneering and leading provider of post-secondary programmes in business and related areas.
In response to the Chief Executive’s Policy Address in 2009 which highlighted the growing significance of quality private universities in Hong Kong, HSSC, in 2010, was re-structured into Hang Seng Management College (HSMC), a non-profit private university-level institution registered under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320) to offer bachelor’s and above degree programmes in diversified disciplines.
Eight years later, on 30 October 2018, HSMC was granted approval by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to change its title from “Hang Seng Management College” to “The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong”.
HSUHK aspires to be a leading private liberal-arts-oriented university in the region, recognised for excellence in teaching, learning and research, serving and advancing our society and the world. HSUHK has five Schools (Business, Communication, Decision Sciences, Humanities and Social Science, and Translation) with a student population of around 5,000 and 200 full-time academic staff members.
HSUHK currently offers 17 4-year bachelor’s (Honours) degree programmes, namely, Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Banking and Finance, and Marketing), Corporate Governance, Financial Analysis, Management, Human Resource Management, Journalism and Communication, Convergent Media and Communication Technology, Actuarial Studies and Insurance, Data Science and Business Intelligence, Management Science and Information Management, Supply Chain Management, Applied and Human-Centred Computing, Asian Studies, Cultural and Creative Industries, Chinese, English, and Translation with Business, together with five master’s degree programmes — Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Management, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication, Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management, Master of Arts in Translation (Business and Legal) and Master of Arts in Translation (Computer-aided Translation).
Many of these programmes are unique and the first of its kind in the region. All programmes were accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and recognised by the Governments of the HKSAR, mainland China and Taiwan.
The “Liberal + Professional” Education Model
HSUHK identifies quality teaching and students’ all-round development as its highest priorities. It adopts the “Liberal + Professional” education model incorporating the iGPS “desired graduate attributes” framework (wherein i = Intellectual Competence, G = Generic Skills, P = Personal Development, and S = Social Engagement). HSUHK is committed to the transformative power of this educational model that facilitates realisation of the individual’s full potentials.
“Liberal” means a broad-based and cross-disciplinary approach to connect knowledge domains, facilitate thinking, and solve problems. The University believes that the purpose of undergraduate education is not solely for acquiring more knowledge and a better job prospect after graduation, but also for cultivating student’s personal values, interests and transferrable core competencies, preparing them to become well-rounded responsible individuals who can handle future work and life challenges confidently.
“Professional” means that although HSUHK’s educational approach is broad-based and cross-disciplinary, in view of the fact that most university graduates in Hong Kong tend to seek a full-time job right after their first degree, many HSUHK’s degree programmes also have a professional orientation which aims at equipping students with the competencies to enter into particular professions in the future.
As a self-financing institution, the University finds strength in its autonomy, flexibility and responsiveness to meet community and market needs by developing new innovative programmes, many of which are the first of its kind in Hong Kong.
In programme design, there is a good balance of major studies, common core curriculum and free electives; whereas ample development opportunities/activities form an integral part of students’ holistic educational experience. These opportunities/activities include valuable residential, internship, service, leadership, global exchange and independent research experiences, etc. Students actively engage themselves in different learning opportunities so that they would know themselves better, broaden their global horizons, engage in continuous learning, boost their self-confidence, and realise their potential. The aim is to nurture young talents with critical thinking, innovative minds, caring attitude, moral values and social responsibilities.
HSUHK adopts many liberal arts education elements in its education process. Some distinctive features include:
- A primary focus on undergraduate education;
- Platinum award-winning campus facilities with extensive bamboo features;
- A cross-disciplinary Common Core Curriculum;
- Residential College System combining living with learning;
- Interactive small-class teaching;
- Close student-teacher relationships;
- Guidance and mentorship for individual students in and outside classrooms;
- Extensive outreaching and experiential learning opportunities including community services, internships, international exchanges and independent research;
- Scholarships and bursaries amounting to over HK$10 million per year; and
- A full-time employment rate of close to 80% within four months of graduation.
Desired Graduate Attributes (iGPS)
The University aims to nurture students to possess the following “desired graduate attributes: iGPS”:
- Intellectual Competence (i): a solid foundation in relevant academic disciplines, and the acquisition of the ability to think critically, to solve problems analytically and proactively, and to engage in life-long learning.
- Generic Skills (G): the development of skills in:
- languages in both English and Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua);
- use of information technology and data analysis tools;
- interpersonal communication;
- teamwork and leadership.
- Personal Development (P): the development of self-awareness, ethical values, emotion management, personal effectiveness, work attitude and character.
- Social Engagement (S): the willingness to serve the community and a commitment to acting for the betterment of society.
The acronym iGPS also carries the symbolic meaning of “I” and the “GPS”; with “I” referring to the individual student and “GPS” taking on the metaphor of “Global Positioning System”, which can guide the development of the student through the diverse educational experience at HSUHK.
Recognitions and Awards
With the concerted efforts of the University community, there have been a number of important achievements.
In recent years, HSMC was the only institution in Hong Kong which obtained the ISO 9001 Certification in Quality Management System (QMS) on its degree programmes, as well as a full score of 5.0 in the CSR Index assessment on the College, both of which were issued by the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency.
From 2014-2015 to 2018-2019, HSMC received a total of HK$84 million research funding for 93 projects from the Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee (UGC), being the highest amount of the five-year cumulative funding and the highest number of awarded research projects among all the local self-financing degree-granting institutions.
HSMC also received the highest recognition from the Hong Kong Green Building Council, which manifested its commitment to environmental protection and campus sustainability. All the new buildings on the campus, including the S H Ho Academic Building (Block A), the Lee Shau Kee Complex (Block B), the Lee Quo Wei Academic Building (Block D), and the HSMC Jockey Club Residential Colleges achieved the “Platinum” rating of BEAM Plus certification. HSMC is the first higher education institution, the first local university sports and amenities building as well as the first student residential complex in Hong Kong to receive such a “Platinum” recognition. The above achievements affirm the College’s leading role in promoting green initiatives in the region.
HSMC is also the first and only local higher education institution having received the “Corporate Social Responsibility Award” (university category) from the Mirror Post.