GE Programme

General Education at HKBU

Our GE Programme provides students with a well-rounded university education, and is an integral part of the University’s commitment to help them achieve the HKBU Graduate Attributes (GAs). Our GE foregrounds the essential elements of Whole Person Education, such as integration of knowledge, acquisition of multiple perspectives, empathy and critical thinking, and aims to nurture our students to become responsible and responsive citizens.

In line with the aspiration of HKBU to deliver academic excellence and the best student experience in a caring, creative and global culture, our GE is designed to equip students with integrated broad-based knowledge, transferable core skills, guiding principles, and attitudes that they need in both their specialized studies and future professional and personal lives. Our GE asks students to open up their minds to new ideas and perspectives, imagine possibilities, and acquire a deeper understanding of people and issues through making connections at personal, societal and historical levels. It cultivates our students to become well-rounded persons capable of fully participating in the fast-changing, interconnected global world.

To enable students to make intellectual connections across different disciplines, all GE courses are interdisciplinary and designed according to their themes/categories and levels. After completing Level 1 Foundational Courses and Level 2 Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses, students will proceed to Level 3 GE Capstone which allows them to apply, in a structured way, their integrated knowledge culminated from interdisciplinary studies and peer learning to real-world issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes of the GE Programme (PILOs)

Our GE Programme adopts an outcomes-based teaching and learning (OBTL) approach. After completing the programme, students should be able to:

  1. PILO1. Use historical and cultural perspectives to gain insight into the contemporary issues;
  1. PILO2. Apply various value systems to decision-making in personal, professional, and social/political situations;
  1. PILO3. Use data for the purposes of analyses and to make recommendations for strategic implementation of policy on social, economic and business, cultural, and political affairs.
  1. PILO4. Relate their majors with interdisciplinary thematic knowledge;
  1. PILO5. Demonstrate connections among a variety of disciplines to gain insight into contemporary personal, professional, and community situations.