The history of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Hong Kong dates back to the very foundation of the University in 1911 and the appointment of the first Chair of Engineering in 1912. Before the Second World War, it satisfied Hong Kong’s demand for qualified engineers, and also provided China with first-rate professionals. In the postwar era, its Department of Civil Engineering played a significant part in the rebuilding of Hong Kong and provided the professional talents to support the territory’s developments as a dynamic industrial centre in the 1960s and 1970s. A large proportion of Hong Kong’s senior engineers and managers in public utilities, government and industry are graduates of the Faculty.
Although the Faculty of Engineering remained small until the general expansion of the University in 1960s and 1970s, it kept pace with developments in the engineering world and is always in the forefront of engineering research. The Faculty began its first academic year in 1912-13, with 37 students out of a total of 54 undergraduates and had since developed into one of the largest Faculty in the University with five departments providing first-degree, postgraduate and research degrees in a number of important fields of modern engineering, technology and computer science. These include civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer science, information systems, computer engineering, electrical energy systems engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, building services engineering, communication engineering, communication and information technology, geotechnical engineering, industrial engineering and technology management, engineering management, electronic commerce and internet computing, logistics engineering and supply chain management, and software engineering.
As one of the University’s founding faculties, the mission of the Faculty is to provide a well-rounded curriculum and high quality engineering education in the global knowledge-based economy, and to engage in innovative, high impact basic and applied research within and across disciplines. The emphasis is on the balance between technical and non-technical subjects, theoretical foundation and practical design and applications, and the education of the mind as well as the whole person.
The Faculty of Engineering has been making significant contributions to Hong Kong and the engineering community world-wide by training top-rated engineers. Amongst our graduates, there are internationally renowned engineers as well as eminent community leaders. Today, the Faculty of Engineering continues to attract the best students from Hong Kong to study the many diverse programs, with an annual average intake of about 500 students into the undergraduate curricula. The Faculty also offers two to three years part-time and one to two years full-time MSc programs by coursework to more than 1000 students, as well as well-established MPhil and PhD programs to over 300 research students.
The Faculty of Engineering has contributed engineering solutions to Hong Kong and the region, in such areas as container traffic, harbour waves, computer systems, landslips, and medical engineering. As we are celebrating our centenary in 2011 & 2012, the Faculty is proud of its significant contributions to Hong Kong and the engineering community internationally by training top-rated engineers. We strive to continue our excellence in teaching and research.
The mission of the Faculty is to provide a balanced, broad-based and well structured curriculum in the field of engineering, computer science and information technology. As a comprehensive university, our emphasis is a balance between technical and non-technical subjects, theoretical foundation and practical design and applications, engineering principles and skills, and the education of the mind as well as the whole person.
In 2012, the new 4-year curriculum is to be implemented that will provide greater flexibility in the selection of courses. In addition to the technical subjects, all students in the Faculty are required to take common core courses from the four Areas of Inquiry (AoIs): Scientific and Technological Literacy, Humanities, Global Issues, and China: Culture, State and Society. These AoIs are inter-related rather than mutually exclusive. Language skill is also a very important area of training for our students. All students are required to take English Language and Chinese Language courses. To equip students with practical working experience, most students are required to take Engineering Internship or Workshop Training in the summer after the first year of study.
The Faculty attracts the best students from Hong Kong to study the many diverse programmes, with an annual intake of about 500 students into the undergraduate curricula. The Faculty also offers part-time and full-time M.Sc. programmes by coursework with about 1,000 enrollments as well as well established M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes to over 300 research students. In short, the Faculty of Engineering has from time to time developed new programmes in the Bachelor of Engineering degree to accommodate the changing needs of society.
There are five departments in the Faculty: Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The Faculty occupies two major buildings, the eight-storey Haking Wong Building and a light engineering building, the Chow Yei Ching Building, which in total, account for some 25,000 m2 of accommodation. The facilities available for staff and students are comparable to top universities in the world with over 100 well equipped laboratories, hundreds of workstations and personal computers. In the year of 2009-2010, the Faculty has 1,583 first degree engineering graduates, 1,038 postgraduate research and taught masters graduates, and over 120 academic staff ranging from Assistant Professors to Professors.