ABSTRACT

From September 2012 onwards, undergraduate education in Hong Kong will be extended by one year. In response to this government policy change, higher education institutions in Hong Kong have been redesigning their undergraduate curricula in different ways. This chapter provides a brief outline of some of the challenges currently faced by universities worldwide and the ways in which the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has tried to meet these challenges in its undergraduate curriculum reform. Because of the space limitations, this chapter focuses on only a few of the major, and perhaps more contentious, changes in the curriculum. These include the review of the aims of undergraduate education, the reconceptualization of the curriculum, the adoption of a fl exible curriculum structure, the introduction of a common curriculum component as a university requirement for all students and the promotion of experiential learning as an integral part of the curriculum.