St. John's College, University of Hong Kong

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St. John's College, University of Hong Kong
College Emblem of St. John's College
Full Name The College of St. John the Evangelist
Established 1912
Previously Named St. John's Hall and St. Stephen's Hall (until merged in 1955)
Admittance Men and Women
Master Dr. Eric Chong
Dean Dr. Wong Kwok Chun
Undergraduates 223
Graduates 111
Location 82 Pok Fu Lam Road, Hong Kong

Purple, for Royalty and Loyalty

College Emblem Aquila
College Motto ΠΑΝΤΑ ΔΙ ΑΥΤΟΥ (Greek)
College Motto in English "All Through Him"

St. John’s College, is a co-educational residential college of the University of Hong Kong. It was founded in 1912 as the first college in the University, with the philosophy that College education “Breeds the Excellent” by nurturing students’ character and academic pursuit. In 1956, the College received its charter, the St. John's College Ordinance (Cap. 1089), a statute enacted by the Hong Kong Legislative Council. As such, it is legally distinct from the University of Hong Kong.

College Mission[edit]

The mission of St. John's College is three-fold:

  1. To foster St. Johnians to have all-round and distinguished character.
  2. To make St. Johnians zealous for the College and society.
  3. To encourage St. Johnians to become a lifelong member of the College fraternity and community.

Collegiate System[edit]

St. John’s College is the only residential college for undergraduate students out of the two colleges in the University of Hong Kong. Tutors offer pastoral as well as academic counselling for students.

High Table Dinner[edit]

Adopting the tradition of Oxbridge colleges, the College hosts weekly High Table Dinners, where all members of the College congregate in formal dress and academic gowns. Prominent alumni are often invited to share their experience with students after dinner during High Table Talks.

Sherry Group[edit]

Students have the opportunity to interact with tutors and visiting scholars in an informal setting before High Table Dinner every week.


Marden Wing[edit]

The Marden Wing provides single-bedroom accommodation for undergraduates. Facilities include the Common Room and College Bar.

Aw Boon Haw Wing[edit]

The Aw Boon Haw Wing provides single-bedroom accommodation for undergraduates, tutors and fellows of the College.

Liang Chi Hao Centre[edit]

Liang Chi Hao Centre contains the Lee Foundation Library, Senior Common Room, Bradbury Hall and Chapel. All meals, including weekly High Table Dinners, take place in the 3,000 square feet (280 m2) Dining Hall (Bradbury Hall), which is situated on the third floor. Regular services are held in the College Chapel.

Wong Chik Ting Hall[edit]

Wong Chik Ting Hall, also known as the Third Wing, or the Postgraduate Wing,[1] provides 111 en-suite accommodation for postgraduate and visiting scholars.

College Life[edit]

The College aims to promote all-round development and holistic growth through encouraging active participation in various sports and cultural activities.


The College has a rich sporting history, with particular emphasis on education through "new ball games".

New ball games are team sports that offer a unique learning experience distinct from mainstream sports. As players generally have no prior experience of such sports, they start on a level playing field and gradually develop skills and camaraderie. Teams include:

  • Hockey (Men and Ladies)
  • Softball (Men and Ladies)
  • Lacrosse (Men)
  • Handball (Ladies)

Other sports teams include athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, soccer, squash, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.
The College has consistently attained outstanding performance in various inter-hall competitions:

  • Men’s Inter-Hall Sports Competition Championship
    • The College won the Malayan Cup in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Ladies’ Inter-Hall Sports Competition Championship
    • The College won the Omega Rose Bowl in 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
    • The Bowl was later renamed the Olma Challenge Rose Bowl and was won by the College in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Cultural Activities[edit]

Cultural teams include band, bridge, choir, dance, debate and drama. The Prof. Y. C. Cheng Cup was established in 1997 as an award for the Champion of Inter-Hall Cultural Competitions. The College won the Cup in 1999, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Round the Island (RTI)[edit]

Currently in its 30th year, RTI is an annual event where participants run a total of 38 km around Hong Kong Island. Since 2004, RTI has been used as a fundraising event for various charitable organizations.

Floor Culture[edit]

The College occupies ten floors, each represented by a floor association. Throughout the years, each floor has developed their own unique culture and fostered strong bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

  • 1/F - Home of the Adventurers
  • 2/F - Liang Shan Po
  • 3/F - The Magnificent Musketeers
  • 4/F - House of Lords
  • 5/F - Fifth Floor Fraternity
  • 6/F - Sixth Floor Association
  • 7/F - Elysium
  • 8/F - Florence Heights
  • 9/F - Kew Gardens
  • 10/F - Liberata


The College is a non-university administered hall and thus does not participate in the Joint Hall Admission Scheme. Applicants apply directly to the College and may be invited to attend an interview for the College to assess the merits of the application.The College considers applicants’ potential to make the most out of their university hall experience and commuting distance is not a factor in the admission process.

Notable Alumni[edit]

St. John’s College Alumni Association, The University of Hong Kong, Ltd. was founded in 1991 as a means of fostering contact between alumni across different generations. Over the years, the association has established itself as one of the most respected alumni bodies within the University community. The Alumni Association has been actively involved in student development and mentorship programmes, facilitating exchange between past and current St. Johnians.





  • Dr Vivian Wong Taam Chi-woon, former Hospital Chief Executive of Queen Mary Hospital
  • Mr. Lin Xi, prominent Canton-pop song lyric writer, Creative Director of Commercial Radio
  • Mr. Wong Lai-kim, popular writer

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