SYU in Brief


Shue Yan was founded in 1971 by Dr. Henry H.L. Hu and Dr. Chung Chi Yung in response to their serious concern over the acute shortage of tertiary places for local secondary school leavers aspiring for university education.

Shue Yan was registered under Post-secondary Colleges Ordinance (CAP 320) in 1976 and offered a four-year diploma which was recognized by the Government as a qualification for appointment to the civil service.

Shue Yan underwent a series of institutional reviews and developed ten four-year honours degree programmes during 1997-2006. On the basis of its track record of offering high quality degree programmes, the title of Shue Yan University (HKSYU) was granted by the Chief Executive in Council on 19 December 2006, and HKSYU became the first private university in Hong Kong.

Shue Yan currently offers 12 undergraduate and 6 postgraduate programmes with a total student population of about 5,000. Shue Yan's programmes offer students a well-rounded educational experience that produces graduates who are:


  • Articulate, open-minded critical thinkers with a passion for lifelong learning and self-improvement;
  • Committed to appropriate ethical behaviour, based on a strong sense of social responsibility;
  • Well prepared to apply their specialist knowledge, skills and creativity in their chosen field of employment; and
  • Ready to apply their global outlook and understanding of Chinese cultural values to support the harmonious development of Hong Kong and China in the 21st century.


We currently offer the following 12 undergraduate programmes and 6 postgraduate programmes:
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Chinese Language & Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and Finance
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Law and Business
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Counselling & Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Sociology)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
  • Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Social Sciences in Psychology
  • Master of Social Sciences (Transformation of Chinese Societies)
  • Master of Science in Marketing and Consumer Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies
  • Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology