Hong Kong Baptist University
香港浸會大學
Emblem of HKBU
Motto篤信力行
Motto in English
Faith and Perseverance
TypePublic
Established6 March 1956; 68 years ago (1956-03-06) (as Hong Kong Baptist College)
16 November 1994; 29 years ago (1994-11-16) (granted full university status)
ChairmanClement C J Chen
ChancellorJohn Lee Ka-chiu (ex officio as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
PresidentAlexander Wai
Vice-presidentAlbert Chau (Teaching & Learning)
Christine CHOW (Administration and Secretary)
ProvostRick Wong (Interim)
Students11,740
Undergraduates7325
Postgraduates4388
Address, ,
Hong Kong
Colours  Blue
AffiliationsASAIHL, ACUCA, BHUA, GHMUA
Websitehkbu.edu.hk
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese香港浸会大学
Traditional Chinese香港浸會大學
Hong Kong Baptist University in December 2016

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is a public liberal arts university with a Christian education heritage in Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The university was established as Hong Kong Baptist College with the support of American Baptists, who provided both operating and construction funds and personnel to the school in its early years. It became a public college in 1983. It became Hong Kong Baptist University in 1994.

HKBU has five main campuses: Ho Sin Hang Campus (1966), Shaw Campus (1995), Baptist University Road Campus (1998), Kai Tak Campus (2005), and Shek Mun Campus (2006) for the College of International Education and the Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School. The first three campuses are located in the urban heart of Kowloon Tsai, while the Kai Tak Campus is located on Kwun Tong Road and the Shek Mun Campus in the Shek Mun area of Sha Tin District near Shek Mun station.

In 2005, the university established the United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China. The college was the first higher education institution founded through collaboration between a Mainland university and a Hong Kong university.

History

The Hong Kong Baptist College was opened on 11 September 1956 on the premises of the Pui Ching Middle School, a Baptist-affiliated secondary school, with an initial enrolment of 152 students.[1] In 1957, the government gave the college land on Waterloo Road to build a permanent campus, which was completed in 1966.[1]

The Hong Kong Baptist College Bill 1983 was passed by the Legislative Council on 10 August 1983.[2] The college previously fell under the purview of the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance and received funding from the Education Department. After this bill became law, the college instead began to receive funding from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee.[3]

The third reading of the Hong Kong Baptist College (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Legislative Council on 16 November 1994, transforming the college into the Hong Kong Baptist University.[4][5]

University identities

Emblem

The emblem of Hong Kong Baptist University consists of three pictorial elements: the Bible, waves and knots. The Bible symbolises the unique quality of Christian education which includes moral and spiritual training in addition to academic education. The waves, on the other hand, symbolise both Hong Kong's geographic nature as an island while echoing Confucius' dictum that "the wise love water" and the University's continuing effort to improve its educational quality. The knots, the final symbol, illustrate that within God's embrace, Christians are harmoniously linked and loved.

The logo, embodying a book and water motifs, was adopted after the institution was granted its university status in 1994. The acronym "BU" coupled with the outlined book on the logo resembles the Chinese characters of welcome (迎) and progress (進), conceptualising the merging of eastern and western cultures. The design of the logo was commended at a design competition held in October 1996. The Hong Kong Designers Association awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Design 96 Show to Kan & Lau Design Consultants for creating the logo.

Governance

Prior to Hong Kong's handover, the colony's governor was the de jure chancellor of the university. That role has been assumed by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong following the handover.

The chief executive's role as the university's Chancellor is enshrined in the Hong Kong Baptist University Ordinance.[6]

For a list of pre- and post-handover university chancellors, refer to the articles for the Governor of Hong Kong and the Chief executive of Hong Kong.

Rankings and reputation

HKBU was ranked 281st worldwide by the QS World University Ranking 2023, and 301-350th worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.[7] It was previously ranked 111th worldwide in the THE WUR 2011.[7]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[8]601-700 (2023)
QS World[9]295 (2024)
THE World[10]301-350 (2024)
USNWR Global[11]583 (2023)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[12]64 (2024)
THE Asia[13]63 (2024)

The QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2022 placed HKBU at 301-500th worldwide.[14]

Major facilities

The Shaw Campus in July 2016
Communication and Visual Arts Building in October 2016
Joint Sports Centre in August 2008

The campus is located within Kowloon City.[15]

Academic Community Hall

The Academic Community Hall (AC Hall) is an auditorium located in the university. It was opened in May 1978 with a seating capacity of 1,346. Originally, the first president and co-founder of the university, Dr. Lam Chi-fung, conceived the idea of building a hall for university functions. In 1970, on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary, Dr. and Mrs. Lam donated half a million dollars towards the construction of the auditorium. A local architect, Eric Cumine, took charge of the project. However, Dr. Lam died the following year before the project got underway. The Board of Governors decided to honour Dr. Lam by expanding the planned auditorium into a much larger scale project – the development of the Lam Chi-fung Memorial Building. As a part of the project, the Academic Community Hall would serve as a cultural centre for the university and its surrounding community, thus providing a direct link between town and gown.

Communication and Visual Art Building

The Communication and Visual Art Building is located in 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong. The building was built for the School of Communication and Academy of Visual Arts.

Library

HKBU Library is an essential component of the University, providing academic resources, support for learning, and research assistance to the HKBU community. It was established concurrently with the founding of Hong Kong Baptist College in 1956. As the institution grew and became a full-fledged university in 1994, the library expanded its collections and services.

The College’s first library was called the Bessie Fleming Library, after the wife of donor William Fleming. In 1975 the Lui Ming Choi Library was added and became the circulating library, while the Bessie Fleming Library became a reference library. In December 1984 the Fong Shu Chuen Library was opened. In 1995, the Au Shue Hung Memorial Library (AML) replaced the Fong Shu Chuen Library as the main library serving the University. This library now houses most of the collection and study areas. Apart from the AML, there are three branch libraries: the European Documentation Centre (established in 1996), the Dr. Stephen Riady Chinese Medicine Library (opened in 2001), and the Shek Mun Campus Library (opened in 2006). [16]

With the advent of the digital era, HKBU Library has placed more emphasis on electronic resources to facilitate learning and research. The physical collection has been gradually reduced in size, while investments in digital information resources including through digitization have been increased. In recent years, the library has committed to accelerating research and knowledge transfer by fostering an open access culture and enhancing the visibility of HKBU research output. [17]

Lo Siu Tong College

The Lo Siu Tong College building is under construction.

Students' residences

The Student Residence Halls of HKBU are located at the Baptist University Road campus:

The College of International Education

The College of International Education (CIE), which is under the School of Continuing Education, offers programmes from certificates, higher diplomas, professional diplomas, associate degrees, undergraduate and higher degrees for over 6,300 full-time students and 8,200 part-time students to have the opportunities to pursue further study. CIE has their academic activities mainly in the new Shek Mun Campus (8 On Muk Street, Shek Mun, Sha Tin). The rest of the academic activities are based in Madam Chan Wu Wan Kwai School of Continuing Education Tower on campus, and acquired a 48,000 sq. ft. office in Franki Centre, Kowloon Tong.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "HKBC: the early years of a Christian college". South China Morning Post. 2 December 1994.
  2. ^ "Baptist College Bill is Passed". South China Morning Post. 11 August 1983. p. 8.
  3. ^ "Baptist College is 'almost there'". South China Morning Post. 1 July 1983. p. 14.
  4. ^ "New universities". South China Morning Post. 17 November 1994. p. 6.
  5. ^ Chau, Mimi (24 November 1994). "College to issue souvenir covers". South China Morning Post. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Hong Kong Baptist University Ordinance" (PDF). Hong Kong Baptist University. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Hong Kong Baptist University". Times Higher Education (THE). 12 May 2023. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  8. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2022 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022 - Shanghai Ranking - 2022". www.shanghairanking.com. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  10. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2023". 4 October 2022. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  11. ^ "US News Best Global Universities Rankings". www.usnews.com. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  12. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2023". Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  13. ^ "Asia University Rankings". 13 June 2023.
  14. ^ "QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022". Top Universities. Retrieved 26 July 2023.
  15. ^ "Kowloon City District Map" (PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  16. ^ "About the University Library - About Us". HKBU Library. Retrieved 15 February 2024.
  17. ^ "Library Strategic Priorities 2022-25 - About Us". HKBU Library. Retrieved 15 February 2024.

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