Milestones of Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) has been offering higher education for over half a decade. Let's take a look at what Shue Yan has accomplished for the past 50 years. 

50 Years of SYU

Chancellor Henry Hu Hung-Lick and President Chung Chi-Yung spotted a critical shortage of degree programmes in Hong Kong, deriving thousands of local students of opportunities to continue their studies. Therefore, the two decided to establish Shue Yan College at 81 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island.


Shue Yan College was registered as a Post-Secondary College under the 1964 Post-Secondary Colleges Ordinance. It was renamed "Shue Yan College" in the same year as the institute was entitled to award post-secondary diplomas.


Shue Yan College's relocation to Monmouth Path, Wan Chai. Five years after they applied, the college was finally granted a lot in Braemar Hill as a permanent school site. The college spent nearly 6.5 years laying the foundation for the school building by raising 176 pieces of cement pillars.


Shue Yan College and Northeastern Louisiana University in the United States jointly offered the Masters Programme of Business Administration. Shue Yan subsequently launched several programmes with renowned overseas universities.


The initial development of the Braemar Hill school site.


Mid- to the late-stage construction of the Braemar Hill campus.


The then-Hong Kong Governor, Sir Edward Youde, took a group photo with members of the School Council to commemorate the groundbreaking ceremony of the new school.


The 12-storey Academy Building was completed, and the Shue Yan College was relocated to its current location on Braemar Hill.


Opening ceremony of the new Shue Yan College.


The college worked with Peking University to offer the Bachelor of Laws degree programme - the college's first degree recognised by the National Education Commission of the People's Republic of China.


The 19-storey Library Complex was completed. The building is home to a library, computer centre, research centre, area for student group discussions, and more.


Shue Yan College applied to Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, taking the first step toward becoming a private university.


The Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Journalism and Communication, and Accounting became the first departments to pass academic reviews and successfully launched honour degree programmes.


The Department of Social Work was approved to offer a bachelor's degree (Honour) programme. Shue Yan topped the list of "10 Years of University Awards" organised by Radio Television Hong Kong as the city's first non-government funded degree-awarding institution in 2001.


The Department of Business Administration and the Department of Counselling and Psychology was approved to offer a bachelor's degree (Honour) programme.


The Department of Economics was approved to offer a bachelor's degree (Honour) programme.


Departments of History, Sociology, and English Language and Literature were approved to offer bachelor's degree (Honour) programmes. The 30-storey Residential and Amenities Complex was completed to provide accommodation for Shue Yan students. The first bachelor's degree students came to graduation - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Language Literature, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Journalism and Communication, and Bachelor of Arts ( Honours) in Commerce in Accounting


Approved by the Chief Executive, Shue Yan College was renamed Hong Kong Shue Yan University, becoming the city's first private university.


On February 14, 2007, the University held a ceremony to inaugurate its name.


The Wan Chai Gap Road School campus was opened to provide more classrooms for the continued development of teaching activities.


The first honorary doctorate was conferred.


The first master's degree programme, the Master of Social Sciences (Counseling Psychology), was launched.


The International Affairs Department was established to implement overseas studies and exchange programmes. At its establishment, Shue Yan University signed memorandums of cooperation with 21 domestic and overseas universities.


Opened the first taught doctoral programme - The Doctor of Psychology in Counselling.


The Chief Executive and the Executive Council approved the first M.A. and PhD programmes. The Research Complex was inaugurated in the same year.


Renovation of the first phase of teaching facilities in the Academic Building at Braemar Hill took place. The Wan Chai Gap Road campus completed its transitional mission and was closed in August 2018.


The inaugural graduates of the Doctoral Programme in Counseling Psychology.


The iFREE GROUP Innovation and Research Centre was established to support the development of teaching in the new Department of Applied Data Science.