22 Mar 2023

CUHK celebrates 60th anniversary with Top 60s showcase

CUHK campus with a floral foreground

2023 is the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s (CUHK) 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion, CUHK is unveiling its ‘Top 60s‘ – a year-long showcase of fascinating facts and stories about the University’s achievements over the past six decades.

The Top 6os campaign aims to enhance the University’s reputation locally, nationally and globally by building links between students, staff, alumni, academic partners, industry leaders and the general public. In addition to a series of campus events and alumni activities, CUHK is celebrating its diamond jubilee with a social media campaign that will highlight 60 fascinating facts from its 60 years of history and tradition. The first 12 facts were shared between January and March – see below to learn more about the intriguing history of Hong Kong’s second-oldest university:

January | Our firsts

1. CUHK was the first (and only) collegiate university in Hong Kong! In 1963, the University was founded as a federation of three existing colleges – Chung Chi College, New Asia College and United College.

2. CUHK established Hong Kong’s first graduate school in 1966. The first batch of master’s degrees was awarded the following year.

3. The University offered its first two-year MBA programme in 1966, followed by a three-year part-time MBA programme in 1977, integrated BBA programme in 1986, and Executive MBA programme in 1993 – all of which were the firsts of their kind in Hong Kong.

4. Established in 1972, CUHK’s Department of Translation was the first of its kind in Hong Kong (and Asia).

February | Best on campus

5. CUHK has the largest university campus in Hong Kong! Their patch on the hill stretches 138.4 hectares and houses 169 buildings.

6. CUHK’s luxuriant campus boasts the highest greening ratio among local universities; 60% of campus is covered by vegetation.

7. The Fok Ying Tung Remote Sensing Science Building at United College is the highest point on campus, as well as one of the most important satellite remote sensing research facilities in Southern China.

8. One of CUHK’s shuttle school bus routes has more stops than any other – 21 in total! You’re in for a long ride on good old Route H.

March | Architectural Wonders

9. The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, established at CUHK, was the first museum of its kind in the world.

10. New Asia Water Tower and United College Water Tower are sometimes referred to as the most ‘mysterious’ buildings on campus due to the fact they serve no purpose – at least, not anymore. They were built in the 70s to store and supply freshwater and saltwater to hostels and buildings on the hillside.

11. The first building on the central campus was the Benjamin Franklin Centre, built in 1969.

12. CUHK’s Herbal Garden has a total area of 100,000 sq ft. It is the largest herbal garden for teaching and research in Hong Kong!


To learn more and keep up-to-date with CUHK’s latest Top 60s content, head to: https://60.cuhk.edu.hk/ 

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