Teaching and Learning @ HKU
Academic advising is a crucial element of the learning expedition for students in the first year and beyond. The imminent launch of the new undergraduate curriculum, and the enhanced flexibility for cross-Faculty course selection provided by the enabling structure of the 2012 curriculum highlight the importance to implement systematic academic advising for undergraduate students across the University.
HKU has set up a University-wide academic advising system engaging central offices, Faculties, halls and the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS), with the following objectives:
- to facilitate freshmen to make the transition from secondary to university education;
- to help students to set their academic and personal goals and to draw a road map for the achievement of these goals during their undergraduate study;
- to enable students to make informed choices in their course and programme selection so as to maximize the opportunities for learning opened up by the new curriculum structure;
- to provide timely guidance to students to enrich their total learning experience; and
- to provide coherent academic advice to students through good coordination between different offices, supporting units and Faculties in the University.
University-wide academic advising system
General Academic Advising
A central Academic Advising Office (AAO) (http://aao.hku.hk/) is set up to co-ordinate academic advising initiatives and training across Faculties and to assist students in understanding the university requirements, course enrolment procedures and academic options.
Faculty-based Academic Advising
- an overall Academic Advising Coordinator and Academic Advising Administrators;
- Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) to meet and discuss issues with new student assigned to them;
- advisers for each Major/ Minor, or for each curriculum or year of study in case of professional degrees;
- Faculty Student Advisers (FSAs) who are in their second year or above to work under the guidance of Faculty Academic Advising Coordinators.
Residence-based Academic Advising
Web-based Academic Advising