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Suspending classes on the Main Campus for the rest of the semester

Important message from the Senior Management Team

Dear students,

In view of the uncertain and unsafe traffic conditions for travelling to HKU, we are suspending classes on the Main Campus for the rest of the semester and making teaching and learning accessible online. This will enable students to stay away from campus, and even leave Hong Kong should they wish, while at the same time completing their courses and assessments.

Individual instructors will upload to Moodle detailed arrangements for course delivery and assessment. Examinations will be moved online or replaced by alternative forms of assessment. Details will be circulated in the next few days.

For help with travel arrangements out of Hong Kong, non-local students are advised to contact either the China Affairs Office or the International Affairs Office.

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Why HKU Science?

Science Education Nowadays

Science Education in a Knowledge-based Society

The challenges posed by modern society have made it necessary for university students to have the ability of tackling novel situations and solving complex and ill-defined problems. Society needs a scientifically literate work-force, and university students need a robust foundation on scientific knowledge and skills for them to pursue a wide range of careers. A sound science education must be rigorous as well as flexible, allowing students the choice to either focus on a specialisation in science or take courses in multiple subjects for breadth of knowledge and versatility.

The emphasis of the science education on the ability to reason quantitatively and to understand scientific aspects of complex issues is greatly desirable in many professions. Many of our Faculty’s alumni are now prominent legislators, business executives, educators, administrators and scientists.


Training of Future Scientists

Nurturing future scientists and promoting scientific literacy are a major mission of the Faculty. As barriers among various science disciplines have become obscure and major scientific advancements rely increasingly on synthesis of ideas in different disciplines, the traditional science education approach that compartmentalises science into separate disciplines is no longer adequate. In addition, scientists have to reckon with the potential social implications of their work. This requires the science students to have an appreciation of the role of science in complex societal issues as well as a good background of scientific knowledge.


educational aims: Leadership, global citizenship, tackle ill-defined problems, life-long learning and pursuit of academic excellence/ professional excellence, self-reflection, communication and collaboration; by diverse learning experiences