About HKUMed

Overview

HKUMed is this year celebrating its 135th anniversary, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Hong Kong. We have a long reputation as a pioneer in medical education, training and research, while proudly upholding a reputation for morality, vision and care.

 

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how crucial medical education is to society. From providing care to patients, to leading crucial research that drove policy decisions, we are honoured to serve the global community.

 

In the face of these challenges, we have achieved a historically high ranking for “clinical and health” subjects in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Faculty now ranks in 20th position globally and 3rd in Asia for this category.

 

We are proud to continue our tradition of spearheading achievement from our campus on Sassoon Road. We have trained thousands of healthcare practitioners and scientists, as well as many internationally renowned researchers and policy-makers.

 

Each year, we admit almost 640 students across seven programmes, which include the MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, BPharm, BBiomedSc, BASc(GHD) and BSc(Bioinformatics), and our student body is one of the largest for a single Faculty, totalling more than 4,850 people.

 

Teaching

More than 320 full-time staff from our 18 departments and schools deploy the latest technologies, such as virtual reality, to engage students in the classroom. These full-time teachers are supplemented by honorary teachers, most of whom are medical professionals.

 

Research

Research is an important part of HKUMed’s global reputation and with 5 of our members ranked among the top 1% of scholars in their field in terms of citation and recognition. We are always looking ahead to the next breakthrough while nurturing our existing areas of expertise. As such, HKUMed researchers stand at the forefront of research into COVID-19 and infectious diseases globally with two of our scientists receiving the 2021 Future Science Prize in Life Sciences for their work. Our researchers are supported by ample funding, state-of-the-art facilities and the Faculty’s extensive worldwide networks.

 

Clinical service

HKUMed delivers superlative clinical service and provides robust clinical governance in all settings that we serve. Our four affiliated hospitals under the HKU Health System offer valuable opportunities for students to learn more and learn better. These hospitals also represent the Faculty’s leading status in healthcare management in Hong Kong and the region.

 

Our members engage in a wide range of activities to share their knowledge and expertise to benefit Hong Kong society as a whole.

 

HKUMed graduates are a testament to the excellent education we provide and have gone on to become the leaders in their fields in Hong Kong and the world.

Message from the Dean

There has never been a better time to pursue a career in the health professions – and to start your journey at HKUMed. COVID-19 has put the spotlight on the importance of health to every aspect of our lives and increased demand for healthcare professionals. At the same time, HKUMed has been moving at lightning speed to advance our capabilities and meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. Our focus is on training leaders for the future, not only for today. The pandemic is a case in point. The years of groundwork by our scholars enabled them to be at the forefront in producing ground-breaking research that has been honoured around the world.

 

The high quality of our teaching and research efforts earned HKUMed a record-high ranking in the Times Higher Education subject ranking this year. We are ranked 1st in Hong Kong, 3rd best in Asia, and among the top 20 medical schools in the world – the first time we have cracked the top 20 since the rankings were launched a decade ago. Our research grabs the headlines, but this is also testimony to the value-laden education we provide for our students.

 

HKUMed students all receive rigorous training in their chosen disciplines, plenty of enrichment opportunities for personal and professional growth (including exchanges out of Hong Kong as these resume), exposure to innovative learning technologies, interprofessional training and encouragement to step outside your comfort zones and engage with unfamiliar situations and people. The world in all its complexities becomes your oyster when you are here.

 

We also keep a sharp focus on ensuring that your learning is forward-looking. Learning technologies is only one aspect of this. In your future careers, you will undoubtedly encounter the fruits of big data and artificial intelligence as applied to healthcare. Data science is now an essential part of the training we provide. Furthermore, we have launched a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics that will skilled in applying and innovating across a wide range of high-impact biomedical big data applications. These skills are in demand in research, industry and the healthcare sector.

 

To accommodate new technologies and increased enrolment in our seven programmes (which include the MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, BPharm, BBiomedSc, BASc in Global Health and Development and BSc in Bioinformatics), you will have noticed that we are also in the midst of a major physical expansion. The 3 Sassoon Road complex will be ready in time for the start of the 2022-23 academic year and house the School of Nursing and School of Chinese Medicine. More developments are planned along Sassoon Road and at Grantham Hospital to further our learning and research environment and open new pathways for collaboration and innovation.

 

HKUMed offers an invaluable education to students who are inquisitive, energetic and passionate about helping others. Our current rankings tell only part of the story – the quality of our alumni testifies to the fact that we produce leaders who have positive impacts in the world. As we celebrate our 135th anniversary this year, I hope that you will join us and become part of our rich and honourable legacy.

 

Professor Gabriel M Leung
Dean of Medicine

Professor Gabriel M Leung
Dean of Medicine

Faculty's Firsts

The Faculty has always been at the forefront of medical research and development of new clinical services for the benefit of mankind. With our researchers’ toil and persistence, we have made important contributions to the study and treatment of cancers and liver diseases, and have made notable advances in tissue typing, spinal surgery, infectious diseases, in-vitro fertilisation, endocrinology and tobacco-related diseases.

1959
First transoral approach performed for the surgical treatment of upper cervical spine dislocations and tuberculosis in the world
1959
Pioneered anterior approach for surgical treatment of spinal tuberculosis, known as the “Hong Kong Operation”
1964
First Pharyngo-laryngo-oesophagectomy in the world
1969
First kidney transplant in Hong Kong
1977
First microsurgical thumb replant in Hong Kong
1983
First antenatal screening for hereditary blood disease established in Hong Kong
1989
First maxillary swing operation for recurrent nasopharyngectomy in the world
1990
First bone marrow transplant in Hong Kong
1991
First liver transplant in Hong Kong
1992
First heart transplant in Hong Kong
1994
First allogeneic cord blood transplant in Hong Kong
1994
First emergency adult-to-adult left lobe living donor liver transplant in the world
1995
First lung transplant in Hong Kong
1995
First baby in Hong Kong conceived through intracytoplasmic sperm injection was delivered
1996
First in the world to conduct an adult-to-adult right lobe living donor liver transplant
1996
First in Asia to show improved respiratory health in children in response to pollutant reduction after the implement of anti-air pollution law
2000
First intervertebral disc transplant in humans in the world
2001
First catheter based endomyocardial transplant of autologous bone marrow stem cell for treatment of severe coronary artery diseases in the world
2001
First radiofrequency ablation for cancers in Hong Kong
2003
First to discover the SARS coronavirus
2003
First to identify the source of SARS coronavirus infection
2004
First to characterize the epidemiology of SARS coronavirus
2005
First to identify the natural reservoir of SARS coronavirus
2008
First in the world to develop and launch a publicly accessible index (Hedley Environmental Index) with hourly estimation of air pollution impact on adverse health outcomes and economic costs
2009
The world’s first remotely controlled expandable device implantation surgery to treat children with scoliosis
2010
First to develop a patented prescription drug, an oral arsenic trioxide preparation for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukaemia
2010
First combined heart and liver transplant in Hong Kong
2011
First extra-cranial intravenous-cranial vascular bypass and craniofacial resection for locally advanced recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma in the world
2012
First in the world to describe a model of coronavirus evolution, based on the 23 novel human and animal coronaviruses discovered over 10 years
2013
First to characterize the epidemiology of H7N9 influenza in the world
2014
First subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator in Asia
2014
First exome-chip analysis of lipid traits in Chinese
2016
First live birth by assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) using next generation sequencing for couples having chromosomal error in Hong Kong
2018
First comprehensive study of MERS coronaviruses in Africa
2018
First invention of universal antibody drug for HIV-1 prevention and immunotherapy
2019
First magnetic sphincter augmentation for gastroesophageal reflux disease in Asia

Our Campus

The Medical Campus on Sassoon Road is home to our teaching schools and departments and their research laboratories, as well as various state-of-the-art facilities.

 

One major landmark at the Medical Campus is the Faculty Learning Commons, which provides a shared space for students and teachers to engage in teaching and learning activities. Many campus events are also held at the Learning Commons, making it a popular socialising spot for students.

 

The Yu Chun Keung Medical Library is a centre of excellence in knowledge management. The Medical Library is an integral part of the University Libraries comprising significant digital resources, multimedia as well as extensive print collections covering biomedical and health sciences. The Library became a World Health Organization Depository Library in 1993.

 

The Cheung Chin Lan Hong Atrium is the built expression of HKUMed’s core mission to enrich the total learning experience for students by creating a space for them to socialise and connect with outside the classroom.

 

The new Faculty Boardroom located in the Faculty Administration Wing provides ample space for academic conferences and professional seminars. It is equipped with cutting-edge teleconferencing equipment and an LED video wall.

 

With a growing student body, HKUMed has developed expansion plans to provide excellent training facilities for the next generation of healthcare professionals.

 

This vision emphasises the whole-person development of our students, meaning expanding communal spaces is central to the development plans. This is exemplified by the new outdoor garden on 1/F of the William M.W. Mong Block from where students can enjoy a panoramic sea view and take a breath of fresh air between classes.

 

A nine-storey building at 3 Sassoon Road will serve as the new home for the School of Nursing and School of Chinese Medicine and is expected to be completed in 2022. The complex will provide more than 10,000 square meters of operational floor area for lecture theatres, seminar rooms, classrooms, Learning Commons, clinical skills training centres, research laboratories and a Chinese Medicine outpatient clinic.

 

Looking into the future, the Sassoon Road campus will be transformed into a state-of-the-science medical campus stretching from Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) on Pokfulam Road at the top, to the Victoria Road roundabout at the bottom. A reinvigorated built environment will continue to provide exceptional support and opportunities for students, as well as taking our research to the next level.