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#1

among the universities in Hong Kong 

by QS World University Rankings 2019

#2

by QS Asia University Rankings 2019

#25

in the world by QS World University Rankings 2019

World-class Rankings

World University Rankings

 THE World University Rankings 2019

 

#1

among the universities in Hong Kong

#5

among the universities in Asia

#36

in the world

Feature Milestone

Introduced a host of new initiatives in the undergraduate curricula...

2018

Introduced a host of new initiatives in the undergraduate curricula

6 Research Divisions are approved to be set up to maximise research performance, identify and nurture research strengths, and incentivise research activities...

2017-2018

6 Research Divisions are approved to be set up to maximise research performance, identify and nurture research strengths, and incentivise research activities

Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as a Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
	Five-year Plan has been formulated for Faculty’s strategic moves, aiming high by targeting academic staff growth of 20% and maximising research performance...

2017


Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as a Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
Five-year Plan has been formulated for Faculty’s strategic moves, aiming high by targeting academic staff growth of 20% and maximising research performance

Worldwide alumni number hit 20,000
	Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); total number of Chinese Academy of Sciences Academicians reached 4...

2015


Worldwide alumni number hit 20,000
Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); total number of Chinese Academy of Sciences Academicians reached 4

4-year undergraduate degree curriculum was launched under the education reform in Hong Kong...

2012

4-year undergraduate degree curriculum was launched under the education reform in Hong Kong

A Partner State Key Laboratory was established on Synthetic Chemistry...

2010

A Partner State Key Laboratory was established on Synthetic Chemistry

Professor Chi Ming CHE from Department of Chemistry received the first class prize of the State Natural Science Award for 2006 from Premier Jiabao WEN in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He became the first Hong Kong Scientist to win this award...

2007

Professor Chi Ming CHE from Department of Chemistry received the first class prize of the State Natural Science Award for 2006 from Premier Jiabao WEN in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He became the first Hong Kong Scientist to win this award

Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building opened...

2000

Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building opened

1995

Earth Sciences Unit became Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Ecology and Biodiversity was set up
	Chong Yuet Ming Chemistry and Physics Building completed and opened...

1994


Department of Ecology and Biodiversity was set up
Chong Yuet Ming Chemistry and Physics Building completed and opened

Swire Marine Laboratory in Cape d’ Aguilar opened, later renamed as Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) in 1994...

1990

Swire Marine Laboratory in Cape d’ Aguilar opened, later renamed as Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) in 1994

1967


The Radioisotope Unit was set up
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science was established; joined the Faculty of Science in 2004

Three-year pass degree renamed BSc (General) degree
	Four-year honours degree renamed BSc (Special) degree...

1959


Three-year pass degree renamed BSc (General) degree
Four-year honours degree renamed BSc (Special) degree

1958


Department of Biology split into two Departments: Botany and Zoology
Preliminary Science course was abolished with the improved standard of Advanced Level Matriculation Examination

The first postgraduate student was admitted in Science...

1950

The first postgraduate student was admitted in Science

1946-1947


Professor D F DAVIES played a key role in the rehabilitation of the Faculty of Science, and of the University
The Faculty of Science reopened and classes resumed after Second World War

Wartime degrees were conferred to two final year students: Miss Yung-tai LAM (林蓉苐) and Professor Rayson HUANG (黃麗松)...

1942

Wartime degrees were conferred to two final year students: Miss Yung-tai LAM (林蓉苐) and Professor Rayson HUANG (黃麗松)

Graduation of the first and only Science student: Dr Hsing Tsung HUANG (黃興宗)

1941-1945


Classes were suspended in the University during war time
Graduation of the first and only Science student: Dr Hsing Tsung HUANG (黃興宗) (in the middle).  He was the founding Chairman of Science Society in 1940

Founding of Faculty of Science with four departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; Professor Walter BROWN as the first Dean of Science...

1939

Founding of Faculty of Science with four departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; Professor Walter BROWN as the first Dean of Science

1910-1914

Subjects of Pure and Applied Mathematics,  Physics and Chemistry were offered when the Univeristy was founded

Department of Physics was established in 1914

Milestone

The Millennium
2018
  • Introduced a host of new initiatives in the undergraduate curricula:
    • Opened up the option of Intensive Majors for students who would like to specialise in a particular discipline
    • Bridged articulation pathways to widely recognised postgraduate programmes at both HKU Science and renowned universities overseas
    • Accreditation programmes from international professional bodies for four Majors in Chemistry (Intensive), Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive), Geology (Intensive) and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (Intensive)
    • Introduced the Minor in Science Entrepreneurship, helping students visualise how training in science bears relevance to the real world
    • Hosted interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences programme - BASc in Applied Artificial Intelligence (BASc(AppliedAI)); and co-offered Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) with other Faculties
Introduced a host of new initiatives in the undergraduate curricula...

2017
  • Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as a Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
  • Five-year Plan has been formulated for Faculty’s strategic moves, aiming high by targeting academic staff growth of 20% and maximising research performance
Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as a Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
	Five-year Plan has been formulated for Faculty’s strategic moves, aiming high by targeting academic staff growth of 20% and maximising research performance...

2017-2018

6 Research Divisions are approved to be set up to maximise research performance, identify and nurture research strengths, and incentivise research activities:

- Chemistry

- Molecular and Cell Biology

- Mathematical and Statistical Science

- Ecology and Biodiversity

- Earth and Planetary Science

- Physics and Astronomy

6 Research Divisions are approved to be set up to maximise research performance, identify and nurture research strengths, and incentivise research activities...

2016

Introduced the Young Scientist Scheme in which participants had guaranteed research mentorship, exchange experience and overseas research fellowships


2015
  • Worldwide alumni number hit 20,000
  • Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); total number of Chinese Academy of Sciences Academicians reached 4
Worldwide alumni number hit 20,000
	Professor Ngai Ming MOK was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); total number of Chinese Academy of Sciences Academicians reached 4...

2012

4-year undergraduate degree curriculum was launched under the education reform in Hong Kong

4-year undergraduate degree curriculum was launched under the education reform in Hong Kong...

2010

A Partner State Key Laboratory was established on Synthetic Chemistry

A Partner State Key Laboratory was established on Synthetic Chemistry...

2009

Stephen Hui Geology Museum opened


2007
  • Professor Chi Ming CHE from Department of Chemistry received the first class prize of the State Natural Science Award for 2006 from Premier Jiabao WEN in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He became the first Hong Kong Scientist to win this award
  • Formation of School of Biological Sciences with the merging of the Botany, Ecology & Biodiversity, and Zoology departments
  • Introduction of common admission to 6901 Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme
Professor Chi Ming CHE from Department of Chemistry received the first class prize of the State Natural Science Award for 2006 from Premier Jiabao WEN in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He became the first Hong Kong Scientist to win this award...

2006

Professor Vivian Wing-Wah YAM from Department of Chemistry was the first Chinese recipient to be awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Centenary Lectureship & Medal


2005

The Centre of Theoretical and Computational Physics opened


2004
  • Introduction of Major and Minor system which students can earn credits from elective courses offered by five collaborative faculties: Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Science, and Faculty of Business
  • Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences joined the Faculty of Science

2003

The Department of Zoology from the Faculty of Science and the Department of Microbiology from Faculty of Medicine worked closely to undertake research about SARS coronavirus. Departments of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science also took part in SARS-related research projects


2002

Summer Science Institute for secondary school students launched


2001

Professor Vivian Wing-Wah Yam was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, at the age of 38 as the youngest member of the Academy

Professor Vivian Wing-Wah Yam was elected as member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, at the age of 38 as the youngest member of the Academy...

2000

Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building opened

Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building opened...