The half-century history of CHUK began when the three Colleges of Chung Chi, New Asia and United amalgamated in 1963. Shaw College was established in 1986. This was followed by Morningside College and S.H. Ho College in 2006, and C.W. Chu College, Wu Yee Sun College and Lee Woo Sing College in 2007. In 2012, there are nine Colleges on the campus of CUHK.
CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that operates on a college system. Every undergraduate student of CUHK belongs to one College or another. Each College is distinctive, but together they shape the character of the University. Colleges are where students are offered exciting options in terms of activities and learning opportunities with which to enrich their university life, including overseas exchange, student visitor programmes, seminars, mentorship and community service programmes, and training in languages, IT and leadership training, as well as extracurricular activities organized by the college student unions, clubs and societies. The plethora of non-formal learning opportunities offered by the Colleges complement the formal curricula, nurture students' interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity, and build up their confidence and sense of social responsibility.
In Pursuit of Excellence
Sincerity and Intelligence
Make One’s Virtues Shine and Renew the People
Cultivating One’s Virtue and Going Deeply into What One Has Learned
Scholarship, Virtue, Service
Culture, Morals, Devotion, Trustworthiness
Cultus et Beneficentia
Scholarship and Perseverance
Wisdom, Humanity, Integrity, Harmony
Hundreds of Chung Chi College staff and students formed a human chain to move books to the new Elisabeth Luce Moore Library (1971)
New Asia Chinese Kung Fu Society
Open Bazaar, United College
Drum Jam, Morningside College (2012)
Making a declaration and signing the Matricula, S. H. Ho College
Community outreach excursions,
C.W. Chu College (2012)
Wu Yee Sun College Fifth Anniversary (2012)
Woo Sing Choir in "Concert of Harmony for CUHK Golden Jubilee" (2013)
Our academic departments are housed in eight Faculties which place their emphasis on effective teaching, and there exists a vibrant research culture within closely-knit communities of scholars. Together with the Graduate School, the eight Faculties offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines.
The bilingual policy of liangwen sanyu (“two written languages and three spoken ones”) has been implemented at CUHK for five decades. Students are encouraged to use liangwen sanyu for learning, academic exchange, and interacting with teachers and peers. The bilingual policy of the University aims to improve students’ performance in learning. It also aims to prepare them for life-long learning, employment and social participation. Improvement in bilingual proficiency can help students achieve better self-understanding, broaden their view of the world, deepen their concern for international affairs, and increase their appreciation of cultural diversity. Bilingual education is indispensable for preparing students, culturally and linguistically, for living and working in the globalized world today.
In 2012, CUHK reverted to a four-year undergraduate programme. From then on the University has built upon its traditions and developed a new curriculum fit for the times, and furthered students’ opportunities for internship and service to prepare them for the challenges of the future.
Students in a group discussion (1969)
Examination in progress – a scene from the 1960s
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Degree/Diploma Examination (1964)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Matriculation Examination (1966)
Graduate Diploma of Bachelor's Degree, Cum Laude (1966)
Graduation Book, Chung Chi College (1971)
CUHK provides more than 200 elective courses, the contents of which stress their relevance to contemporary issues. Seminars, retreats, study groups and general education salons are also organized to provide students with opportunities to interact with each other and exchange views. College General Education is a unique feature of undergraduate education at CUHK, designed as an expression of the unique mission, traditions, and resources of each College.
Lecture notes on The History of Chinese Philosophy, Chung Chi College (1964)
The 1st General Education Students’ Best Work Awards (2011)
In Dialogue with Humanity, textbook for the General Education Foundation Programme (2012-)
In Dialogue with Nature, Book for the General Education Foundation Programme (2012-)
General Education Salon
It is our belief that service is an effective tool to provide education as well as helping those in need. Education exists within or beyond our campus: while knowledge is acquired on campus, students also learn through serving the society outside campus. This is how CUHK inculcates in its students humanistic knowledge and social concern.
Teachers and students of CUHK are always committed to serving the community and seeking ways and means to meet the needs of the underprivileged. A wide range of social service projects are mounted by the University's Colleges, Faculties and departments every year for teachers and students to pay back to the community with their professional knowledge, skills and concern. In 2011, the University launched the I‧CARE Programme to enhance its support to students in relation to their participation in social services.
Teachers and students bidding farewell to the New Asia School, an evening school which was set up by College students (1954)
Copy of license of the New Asia School approved by Director of Education (1952)
Literacy classes offered by the CUHK Social Service Team (1970s)
Letter from CUHK granting approval to the Federation of Alumni Associations of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to register as an education foundation limited (1982)
Xiaobiandan, a programme aimed at helping to provide education aid to students in underdeveloped parts of China
The healthcare team at the Prince of Wales Hospital, which includes Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, later Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, is hailed as 'Asian Heroes' by the Time magazine for their selfless work and caring spirit in the fight against SARS
'Asian Hero' Award from the Time magazine (2003)
Dr Joanna Yuen-Man Tse, a graduate of CUHK, was brought down when fighting SARS
Professor Edward Y.Y. Ng from School of Architecture explaining to the villagers how to use the building material
S.H. Ho College Social Service Trip to Uganda brings hope to underprivileged children and women (2011)
Souvenirs from the S.H. Ho College's trip to Uganda: African drums
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