Hong Kong Shue Yan University
|Hong Kong Shue Yan University|
|Established||1971 (as Hong Kong Shue Yan College)
2006 (granted university status)
|Type||Private; Liberal arts university|
|Chairman||Dr. Dennis H.S. Ting|
|Chancellor||Dr. Henry Hu Hung-lick|
|President||Dr. Chung Chi Yung|
|Vice-president||Dr. Chung Chi Yung (Principal), Yao-su Hu (Academics), Dr. Fai-chung Hu (Administration)|
|Location||Braemar Hill, Hong Kong island|
|Former names||Shue Yan College|
- 1 History
- 2 Recent developments
- 3 Campus
- 4 Programmes
- 5 Faculties
- 6 Partnerships
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
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. Because of this, Shue Yan cannot meet the three-year university degree requirement and has to refer itself as a college rather than a university. However it provided an opportunity to access higher education for students who were unable to secure a place at a local university.
In 2001, 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 19 December 2006, 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.
As there are shortage in government-funded degrees, there was plans that SYU and OUHK will participate in JUPAS as alternatives for students. While the OUHK accepts and designed some programmes specified for such students since 2006, SYU announced they are not, and would not participate in JUPAS in foreseeable period. SYU become the only university in Hong Kong that declined to join JUPAS and UGC.
In January 2007, the HKSAR government offered a one-time grant of HKD200 million(may be lesser) 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
Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours
- Financial Services & Planning Concentration
- Marketing Concentration
- Human Resource Management Concentration
- China Business Studies Concentration
Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
- Counselling Psychology
Academic Departments at SYU are grouped in faculties
Faculty of Commerce
- Department of Accounting
- Department of Business Administration
- Department of Economics
- Department of Law and Business
Faculty of Arts
- Department of Journalism and Communication
- Department of Chinese Language & Literature
- Department of English Language & Literature
- Department of History
Faculty of Social Sciences
Hong Kong Shue Yan University has partnerships with three other universities in UK and Australia. The universities are University of Stirling, University of Wollongong and University of Leicester. Split-degree programmes are offered, where the first two years the spent in SYU for the two years and the latter two in the overseas universities.