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Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Hong Kong Shue Yan University


Hong Kong Shue Yan University, with the top QS Asia, ranking among all private universities in Hong Kong, has been founded for over 50 years on Confucian values. It is committed to excellence in teaching and research, aiming to reinvent liberal arts education for the Digital Era. This is done in order to equip graduates with competitive knowledge and skills for their future careers.

A Brief History of HKSYU

In 1971, Dr. Henry H.L. Hu and Dr. Chung Chi Yung founded Shue Yan on Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, in response to the acute shortage of tertiary places for local secondary school leavers aspiring for university education. In 1976, Shue Yan College was registered under the Post-secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320). On 19 December 2006, Shue Yan College became the first private university in Hong Kong after it was renamed Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) by order of the Chief Executive in Council.

As enshrined in its motto, “Cultivating virtues of benevolence; broadening horizon and knowledge” (敦仁博物), HKSYU pursues education that promotes benevolence. In seeking to nurture learned and capable students, it is equally committed to cultivating the young into persons of honor.

Our Vision

As Hong Kong’s first private university, founded on Confucian values, imbued with a spirit of service to the community, committed to excellence in teaching and research and dedicated to preparing our graduates for their future careers through a personalised, transformative campus learning experience, HKSYU seeks to differentiate itself from other providers on the basis of the quality of the experience and the relevance of the outcomes that we provide for our students, by reinventing liberal arts education for the Digital Era.

Our Values

  • Respect: We treat all people with dignity and respect
  • Stewardship: We honour our Confucian heritage by promoting traditional Chinese values
  • Ethics: We strive to meet the highest ethical standards
  • Excellence: We challenge each other to strive for excellence and to continually learn
  • Innovation: We embrace continuous improvement, creativity and change
  • Knowledge Creation and Transfer: We research and bring to light new knowledge and ideas and apply them for the betterment of society
  • Service: We deliver the highest quality programmes and services that meet the needs of our students, graduates and the community
  • Openness: We seek local, regional and international engagement to ensure our continued relevance in a globalized world.
  • Financial Sustainability: We continue to exercise financial prudence in all aspects of our operation in support of our long-term commitment to the provision of educational opportunities in Hong Kong

Our Aims

  • To meet the actual needs of Hong Kong society by training efficient and well-balanced young people for various services in the community;
  • To promote the spirit of humanity and the freedom of learning with a scientific approach and also to contribute to the development of higher education in Hong Kong; and
  • To demonstrate by consistent behavior the virtues of humanity and the objective attitude of men of culture.

Our Mission

  • Preserve and disseminate traditional Chinese culture;
  • Enable students to cultivate a whole, balanced personality including moral character and to realize their full potential as individuals, as scholars and as good citizens;
  • Provide rigorous intellectual training to enable students to become independent critical thinkers; and
  • Deliver programmes that combine academic theory with the acquisition of professional and practical skills to produce graduates who can immediately be of service to meet the needs of the community; and
  • Conduct research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of society.

Campus Features

Sustainable Campus at SYU

The University strives to build a better campus environment that is naturally and culturally sustainable. We endeavor to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce solid waste and use less paper, do recycling and campus greening, and preserve areas that have a cultural and historical meaning to both the University and the public. Among all the work we are doing, that is our ultimate goal to create an environmental-friendly and harmonious campus for our staff and students in the long run. While the University continues to make its buildings and operations more energy efficient, we also need SYUers' commitment and support to adopting green practices in daily life.

Campus Facilities

The University is well-equipped with teaching and learning facilities and has specific leisure areas for students to gather, rest and enjoy.

  • Campus Environment
  • Catering Service
  • Sports Facilities
  • Library
  • Student Accommodation
  • Student Common Areas
  • University Information Counter
  • General Teaching Facilities
  • Parking Areas

Campus Environment

Located at Braemar Hill of North Point on the Hong Kong Island, the University’s campus has a stunning view where one can overlook the entire Victoria Harbour from a higher level. The campus is built along the main road Wai Tsui Crescent, consisting of the Research Complex, Residential and Amenities Building, Lady Lily Shaw Hall, Main Academic Building and Library Complex.

Our virtual campus tour created by using 360° photography and “Matterport” 3D modelling technology will make you feel like being in Shue Yan.

    Scholarships and Funding

    HKSYU has always pursued education that promotes benevolence and cultivates youngsters in persons of honour. With the generous donations by SYU alumni, the government and private organizations, various scholarships and awards are set up to recognize our undergraduate and postgraduate students’ outstanding academic performance, diligence as well as excellent conduct. The University will strive for more resources and support in the coming future to gain more scholarships and opportunities for students.

    Entrance scholarships for undergraduate new admittees

    For Year-One Entry

    • HKSYU Scholarship for Local Non-Chinese-Speaking Students

    For Year-Two and Year-Three Direct Entry

    HKSYU Entrance Scholarships for graduates of locally accredited Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes

    Other undergraduate/postgraduate scholarships and award schemes

    The University and a number of external organizations recognize the outstanding academic and/or non-academic achievements of our students through various types of scholarships and/or awards.

    The University Scholarships include:

    1. Undergraduate Scholarships: To encourage hard-working students to strive for their best and keep making improvements in their academic performances.
    2. Outstanding Academic Improvement Awards: To encourage and recognize students with significant improvement in their academic performance.
    3. Service Scholarships: To compliment students on their enthusiasm in serving the University and the community.
    4. Fellowships: To encourage the final-year students to continue staying in Hong Kong or to go overseas for completing postgraduate programmes.

    To know more about and to apply for the University and the externally funded student scholarships schemes for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, please contact the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate School

    • OSA Scholarships and Awards
    • Graduate School TML Scholarship for Research Postgraduate Students


    • The top private university in Hong Kong by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Asian University Rankings for 5 consecutive years
    • Ranked as 180 at QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Asian University Rankings - Eastern Asia 2024
    • The first private university in Hong Kong
    • The world top 2% most cited scientists at HKSYU


    • North Point

      Braemar Hill Campus, 10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill, North Point, Hong Kong, 999077, North Point