About the five Universities

The University of Hong Kong

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. HKU has ten academic faculties with English as the main language of instruction, providing teaching and supervision for postgraduate-level research (MPhil and PhD) students. It is commonly regarded as one of the most internationalised universities in the world as well as one of the most prestigious universities in Asia. HKU ranks highly in sciences, dentistry, biomedicine, education, humanities, law, economics, business administration, linguistics, political science, and the social sciences. As of 2019, HKU ranks 2nd in Asia by QS World University Rankings and 4th by Times Higher Education, and 25th internationally.

The Centre for Applied English Studies

The Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) was established in 1992. It provides English language support courses for all undergraduate students of the university, and thesis writing and academic English support for postgraduate students. The Centre also provides an extensive range of self-access learning opportunities and summer intensive courses, and teaches applied linguistics through two taught masters courses, MAAL and MATESOL, and a PhD programme. Staff of the Centre research and publish in the areas of academic discourse, literacy practices and language teaching and learning. The Centre’s research programme is central to its mission of enhancing students’ academic literacy. CAES also engages in outreach as a way of contributing to the community.

City University of Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is a public research university established in 1994, currently with five colleges and four schools including the College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Science, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, and the School of Creative Media, School of Data Science, School of Energy and Environment and School of Law. According to QS for 2019, CityU is ranked 55th in the world and 5th among the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2019, CityU is ranked 1st for International Outlook.

The Chan Feng Men-ling Chan Shuk-lin English Language Centre

The CityU’s English Language Centre (ELC) runs a number of English Enhancement and English for Academic Purposes courses designed for students who need to meet the university English Language Attainment Requirement. These courses prepare them for academic study in a university which uses English as a medium of instruction. In addition to the courses, the ELC provides a vast array of out-of-classroom support services, facilities and activities for all CityU’s students. These all come under the service scope of the English Language Support Services, with three main areas of focus: independent learning, speaking and writing.

The Education University of Hong Kong

The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) is a publicly funded tertiary institution dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning, through a diverse offering of academic and research programmes on teacher education and complementary social sciences and humanities disciplines. EdUHK aims to be a leading university in education, creating an impact and defining the education landscape not only for Hong Kong but also the Asia Pacific region. According to the 2019 QS World University Rankings, it was ranked 20th in the world in the field of Education and Training.

Centre for Language in Education

The Centre for Language in Education (CLE) supports the University’s mission to nurture bi-literate and trilingual students to become global citizens. To cater for the new needs and challenges in the changing educational landscape, CLE has been constantly refining and perfecting its Chinese, English and Putonghua language support services offered to local, mainland and international students. CLE adopts best practice benchmarking to enhance language learning. CLE’s active collaboration with local universities in funded projects and engagement of internationally-renowned scholars in consultancy work and professional development for colleagues are ongoing efforts of CLE’s benchmarking at local and international levels.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) was first established in 1937 as the Government Trade School and assumed full university status in 1994. The student population at PolyU is the largest among all publicly funded universities in Hong Kong. English is the language of instruction and courses are offered via six faculties and two schools including Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Construction and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, School of Design, School of Hotel and Tourism Management. PolyU ranked 91st in the QS World University Rankings 2019/20.

English Language Centre

The English Language Centre (ELC), which has nearly 100 full-time academic staff, provides credit-bearing subjects and non-credit-bearing English language support for undergraduate and post-graduate PolyU students through various language skills improvement programmes, language proficiency assessments, as well as extra- curricular activities. It has a strong reputation for using technology in language learning, and has developed MOOCs and SPOCs as well as different language learning apps in the last decade.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) consists of four main academic schools, offering programs in science, engineering, business and management, humanities and social science, along with the Interdisciplinary Programs Office, HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School / Guangzhou HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute, HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study and HKUST Institute for Public Policy. HKUST is regarded as one of the fastest growing universities in the world. As of 2019, the university was ranked 7th in Asia by QS and 3rd by Times, and in the top 40 internationally. It is also ranked 1st in Times Higher Education Young University Rankings in 2019 and 2nd by QS world’s under-50 universities in 2020.

The Center for Language Education

The Center for Language Education (CLE) was established on 1 July 2012 with its core mission aimed at delivering the University’s language enhancement programs. These include twelve compulsory credits of English and three credits of Chinese within the new Four-Year Degree structure and a range of English courses for Research Postgraduates, including thesis-writing workshops. The CLE also offers courses in Third Languages, including modern European and Asian languages as well as classical Latin and Greek.

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