Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU or SYU)
formerly Hong Kong Shue Yan College
is the first private liberal arts university in Hong Kong
. It was founded in 1971
The university offers 4-year degree programmes in Hong Kong, whereas other universities in Hong Kong only offer three year programmes. After many years of hard work, SYU was recognized as the first private university in Hong Kong by the order of the Chief Executive in Council on December 19th, 2006.
Hong Kong Shue Yan College was founded in 1971 by Dr. Henry H.L. Hu, then Legislative Councillor, and Dr. Chung Chi-Yung, a prominent educationist. They were concerned that provision for tertiary education in Hong Kong was made for less than 2% of the relevant age group and also that the Cultural Revolution
in mainland China
would undermine traditional Chinese values.
The government of Hong Kong at the time was interested in the prospects of an independent, private liberal arts school, and granted a piece of land at Braemar Hill to construct a permanent campus in 1978. The construction was completed in September 1985, and various additions to the campus were constructed after that time.
Due to Shue Yan refusal to follow the government's model and plan for higher education in return for government funding in the late 1970s, Shue Yan development was often restricted. Shue Yan's unrelenting position to offer four-year programmes meant that it had to operate as a truly private institution, without any government funding. However it provided an opportunity to access higher education for students who were unable to secure a place at a local university.
, SYC was authorized by the government of Hong Kong to offer three honours degree programmes. Since then a further seven programmes have been validated by the HKCAA and launched. On December 19
, the Executive Council
passed a resolution to recognize and accredit SYU as Hong Kong's first private university, with immediate effect. It was the first time a university had been established via Executive Council resolution. All other universities in Hong Kong have been established by Ordinance approved by the Legislative Council of the HKSAR.
In January 2007, the HKSAR government offered a one-off grant of HKD200 million to establish a general development fund for SYU. The University may use the interest to support its academic development and improve the campus facilities.
The SYU campus is situated on Braemar Hill
on Hong Kong Island, and offers a view of the Victoria Harbour
. The land the campus rests on was granted by the Hong Kong Government in 1978
, with the first building completed in 1985
The campus consists of three parts:
- Education and Administration Complex (教學行政大樓)- Completed construction in 1985, the complex is 11 stories high and houses classrooms, computer labs, lecture halls, ceremony halls, cafeterias, sports facilities, and staff offices.
- Library Complex (圖書館大樓)- Completed construction in 1995, the complex is 19 stories high, and houses the campus library, car park, conference hall and apartments for academic staff.
- Residential & Amenities Complex (宿舍文康大樓)- Completed construction in 2005, the complex is 29 stories high, and houses student dormitories, student services, swimming pool, sports facilities, cafe, conference rooms, and multipurpose facilities. The student union and student activities center are also housed in this complex.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Chinese Language and Literature
- Economics & Finance
- English Language and Literature
Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours
- Counselling & Psychology
Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
- Accounting (Professional Recognition: HKICPA , United Kingdom's ACCA, CIMA, AIA, Canadian CMA, CGA)
- Law & Business
Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
(Graduates of the BSW Programme are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Social Workers with the Social Workers Registration Board.)
Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours
- Financial Services & Planning Concentration
- Marketing Concentration
- Human Resource Management Concentration
- China Business Studies Concentration
Academic Departments at SYU are grouped in faculties
Faculty of Commerce
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Social Sciences