Affairs Office encourages and supports our students' pursuits
for academic excellence and competencies development in their
university education. We provide services and programs to individual
students in all aspects of their student life, and work closely
with student groups in enriching the campus life for students.
The mission of SAO is to enhance the quality
of student life and student learning outcomes by making the best
use of people, resources and networks for empowering students
to excel in a multicultural, diverse and global environment.
teams in Student Support & Activities, Co-curricular Programs Team, Global Student Office, Career Center, Scholarships & Financial Aid Office, Student Housing Office, and
Facilities Development & Amenities actively work on this mission in collaboration with other
university departments and student groups. In caring for students,
offer a wide spectrum of services and programs spanning across
assistance, disability support, counseling, personal and
career development, hall and amenities, student activities,
sports. We place special emphasis on the following:
SAO promotes student success and learning through the intellectual,
moral, physical, psychological, career, social, cultural,
aesthetic and spiritual development of students. In our HKUST
Award Program, Healthy Lifestyle Course and Student Leaders Program, we support
and motivate students
to acquire and develop the essential skills and characteristics
for living, learning and working successfully in the society.
SAO strives to foster interaction among students, staff
and external bodies from different nations through its
support for programs
in the arts, sports, health and community service learning.
The cross-cultural experiences that students have gained
through these programs will enhance their multicultural awareness
enhance their adaptive abilities in the global community.
Further, we strive to educate students on social responsibility
global citizenship, encouraging them to "think
globally, act locally".
SAO believes that residential life is an integral part of
university education through which students learn to work,
play, live and
grow as caring, responsible and respectable citizens. In
particular, first year students will have the opportunity to
live on campus
and get acquainted with the university environment and the
supporting resources for their transition to undergraduate
participation in hall life programs and living-learning communities,
students will learn to integrate their diverse residential
living experience with their social, intellectual and cultural
A total of
3,282 residential places are provided to undergraduate students
in seven halls. More than 80% of the rooms are shared
by two students, while the rest by three and a few by one student. Postgraduate
students live in University Apartments which accommodate 858
Each apartment has 4 bedrooms for single or double occupancy.
There is a postgraduate hall which has 120 single rooms.
Campus life is an important part of university education.
SAO believes that students' active participation in campus
will broaden their interests as well as develop their potential
leaders. Student societies are the key players and our
close partners in promoting and enriching campus life.
and support their magnificent job in organizing a multitude
of student activities on campus. We strongly believe that
student leaders can learn as much as they contribute when
serving in these activities.
activity subsidies to student groups and teams in support of
their organization of and/or participation
activities and competitions. Staff members of SAO work
closely with student societies and offer advice as well
when necessary. Students are encouraged to strike a fine
balance between studies and activities in their pursuit
of a meaningful
and fulfilling university life.
Facilities and Student Amenities
The University has a good provision of sports facilities.
Indoor facilities are fully air-conditioned. A large
multi-purpose sports hall with 1,600 square meters
of floor space is
activities such as badminton, basketball, volleyball,
handball and indoor soccer, with other areas set aside
fencing, dance, indoor archery, martial arts, weight
training and fitness exercises. Outdoor facilities
include an artificial
turf soccer pitch, a 400-meter track with 8 lanes,
a hard-surface mini-soccer pitch, outdoor basketball courts
courts. A 50-meter outdoor pool and a 25-meter indoor
pool are available
for swimming and other aquatic activities throughout
the year. Facilities are also available for throwing
as discus, javelin and shot-putt, softball and archery.
on a site of great beauty enhanced by landscaping, terraces,
and pavilions, has been designed with great
emphasis on the quality of life of both resident
students. Amenities for personal as well as organized
are provided. These include facilities for (i) the
pursuit of hobbies such as photographic dark rooms
the organization of activities such as a conference
room, meeting rooms and office space, and (iii) leisure
such as a games room, common rooms and quiet rooms.