The Chinese University of Hong Kong, incorporated in October 1963 under a Hong Kong Ordinance, is a bilingual and multicultural institution of higher learning. Its objectives are to (i) assist in the preservation, dissemination, communication and increase of knowledge; (ii) provide regular courses of instruction in the humanities, the sciences, and other branches of learning of a standard required and expected of a university of the highest standing; and (iii) stimulate the intellectual and cultural development of Hong Kong and thereby assist in promoting its economic and social welfare.
A wide range of full-time undergraduate programmes leading to the BA, BBA, BChiMed, BEd, BEng, LLB, BMedSc, MB ChB, BNurs, BPharm, BSc and BSSc degrees are offered by various departments under the Faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. There is also a part-time degree programme leading to the degree of BEd.
Postgraduate programmes leading to the degrees of DMus, DNurs, EdD, PhD, PsyD, JD, LLM, MA, MAcc, MArch, MBA, MChiMed, MClinPharm, MDiv, MEd, MFA, MFM, MMus, MNSc, MNurs, MPAcc, MPH, MPhil, MSc, MSSc, MSW, to postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates are offered by the Graduate School through various graduate divisions.
Since its inception, the University has adopted bilingualism and multiculturalism as the basis of its teaching, giving equal emphasis to both Chinese and English, Eastern and Western cultures. The majority of the teaching staff are bilingual (Chinese and English) and have studied and/or taught in major universities all over the world. The University is international in outlook and enjoys close association with many universities, foundations and organizations abroad.
The total enrolment of the University as at 30 June 2011 was 20,324, of whom 12,007 were undergraduate students and 8,317 were postgraduate students. The University has 27 research institutes to provide faculty members with financial support and other facilities for research. Under these institutes are a number of research centres. There are many more smaller research/consultancy units set up under the auspices of individual faculties and departments to promote research in various subject disciplines.
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