Hong Kong is a modern and vibrant city, and home to over seven million people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Strategically located in the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong functions as an international gateway for business, people and goods, as well as an important window into the Chinese Mainland. Being “Asia’s World City”, Hong Kong is reputed for the society’s openness and plurality, the citizens’ adaptability and resilience, its Government’s high degree of autonomy, its judiciary’s independence, its foundations in rule of law and freedom of speech, its burgeoning economy characterized by free trade, low taxation, political stability and efficient financial structure, as well as its rich East-meets-West cultural landscape, proximity to picturesque countryside, and so on.
As a leading international commercial center and financial hub, Hong Kong is never short on career opportunities for everyone who comes and cares to look around, whether in the academe, multinational corporations, or other business sectors. Both English and Chinese are the official languages. English is widely used in the Government, higher education institutions, as well as the legal, professional and business sectors. Academic freedom and institutional autonomy is explicitly protected by the Basic Law. Foreigners will find it an easy place to settle into, blessed with appreciable freedom on extensive fronts from academic research, literary and artistic creation to other pursuits.
Both the employee and the employer will make periodic mandatory contributions (calculated at 5% of the employee’s relevant income, currently capped at HK$1,500 per month) to an MPF scheme. The appointee’s mandatory contributions will be directly drawn from his/her payroll and paid to the MPF Scheme trustee at scheduled intervals.
Off-campus HousingThere are wide-ranging choices of rented accommodation (in various sizes and conditions) within convenient commuting distance from the University campus. For initial settling in, new staff members quite often start with renting (as against buying) a private residential property. It is worth the while to learn a bit more about the tenancy practice in Hong Kong, and then plan to search for a flat on one’s own efforts or through engagement of a licensed estate agent. Renting a serviced apartment is another option affording appreciable flexibility (with the lease period) and convenience (commonly in accessible locations with comprehensive services/facilities). Some of the relevant factors to consider before signing a tenancy agreement include: the lease period, amounts of deposit and rental, whether furniture and electrical appliances are provided, responsibility for estate management fees/utility charges, maintenance and repairs, etc. There are abundant tips for consumers about property transactions (e.g. commission charged by estate agents). Some general information is also provided GovHK.