Programme Structure

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.


The GE Programme 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.


Programme Structure


(For students of bulletin year 2017/18 or before, please refer to the old curriculum here. Students can check their Bulletin Year via BUniPort under Study Record.)


Under the undergraduate curriculum, students are required to complete a minimum of 128 units, with four broad categories, including the major programme, electives, the University Core requirements and the General Education (GE) Programme.


Our GE Programme enables students to make intellectual connections across different disciplines. All GE courses are interdisciplinary and designed according to their themes/categories and levels. After taking 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.


After completing the GE Programme, students are expected to achieve a number of programme intended learning outcomes:


PILO1 Use historical and cultural perspectives to gain insight into the contemporary issues;
PILO2 Apply various value systems to decision-making in personal, professional, and social/political situations;
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;
PILO4 Relate their majors with interdisciplinary thematic knowledge;
PILO5 Demonstrate connections among a variety of disciplines to gain insight into contemporary personal, professional, and community situations.


Structure and Category Aims


The GE Programme offers three levels of learning, from foundational courses to courses in themes, and a culminating capstone experience, for a total of 18 units. All courses and independent studies are interdisciplinary.



Level 1: Foundational Courses


All students are required to take one 3-unit course in each of the following categories:

History and Civilization

Quantitative Reasoning

Values and the Meaning of Life

Level 2: Interdisciplinary Thematic Courses


All students are required to take two 3-unit courses under any one or two of the following themes#:


Culture, Creativity and Innovation

Science, Technology and Society

Sustainable Communities

Level 3: GE Capstone


As a culminating capstone experience in the GE Programme, students are required to complete an interdisciplinary GE Capstone course or an interdisciplinary independent study, which will be in the format of:


Interdisciplinary GE Capstone Course
Courses with structured classes, syllabi, pedagogies and assessment methods, with a project as a key element. These include:


Service Leadership Education

Experiential Learning

Interdisciplinary Independent Study

  • Interdisciplinary group project under the supervision of a faculty member
  • An individual interdisciplinary project of a student’s own choice under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Both the group and individual projects can take the form of a thematic study or an experiential learning project.

* The course code of both GE Capstone Courses and Independent Studies start with “GCAP”. Students should refer to the course list for detailed information.

# Example: Students can choose two GTCU courses OR one GTCU plus one GTSC course to fulfil the 6-unit Level 2 requirement.


Old Curriculum (For 2017/18 bulletin and before)


Equivalent courses in the New University Core and GE Programme for students admitted under the old GE curriculum (effective from AY2019/20)