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 HousingOur campus, which overlooks Tolo Habour, can be easily reached by bus or railway. Residential areas near the campus such as Shatin, Ma On Shan and Taipo are conveniently located and offer a variety of rented accommodation options in different sizes and conditions.
New staff members often prefer to rent a private residential property initially instead of buying. It is advisable to first learn more about the tenancy practice in Hong Kong, and then plan to search for a flat on one’s own efforts or through a licensed estate agent. Renting a serviced apartment is another option affording appreciable flexibility (in lease period) and convenience (commonly in accessible locations with comprehensive services/facilities). For more information about the tenancy practice in Hong Kong, please refer to the “Useful Links” section below.
Before signing a tenancy agreement, it is essential to consider various factors including the lease period, rental and deposit amounts, provision of furniture and electrical appliances, responsibility for estate management fees/utility charges, maintenance and repairs, etc.
Useful Links1. Renting a Domestic Property (GovHK)2. Tenancy Practice and Procedure (Estate Agents Authority)3. A Guide to Tenancy (Estate Agents Authority)4. Notes on Signing a Tenancy Agreement (Estate Agents Authority & Consumer Council)5. FAQs on property transactions and estate agents’ services (Estate Agents Authority)6. Part IVA of the Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance - Regulated Tenancies (Rating and Valuation Department)
Alternatively, non-Chinese-speaking children may receive their education through more than 50 international schools, which generally follow the curricula of their founding countries or internationally recognized programmes such as the International Baccalaureate (IB). The USA, Canadian, UK, French, German-Swiss, Australian, Singaporean and a number of other national curricula are represented.
Useful Links1. General information on kindergarten, primary and secondary education (Education Bureau)2. Guide to Education in Hong Kong for Non-Chinese Speaking Parent (Education Bureau)3. Education services for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students (Education Bureau)4. International schools in Hong Kong
DrivingGuide on becoming a driver in Hong Kong and options for overseas driving license holders are provided by GovHK. The University regulations governing traffic and parking management on campus can be found in the website of the Security Office.
To open a bank account in Hong Kong, identification documents (e.g. Hong Kong Identity Card, passport) and proof of residential address are required. You may refer to the guide provided by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Both the Hang Seng Bank and the Bank of East Asia have set up branches on the campus.
InternetHong Kong is a highly connected city. Apart from regular internet plans for household and business that are priced based on bandwidth speed, there are numerous free public Wi-Fi hotspots available for easy access throughout the city.
Click here for a list of service providers of the above telecommunication service.
The University Health Service Centre and Chinese Medicine Specialty Clinic on the campus offer general outpatient medical care and dental care to eligible staff and students. The public and private hospitals closest to the campus are The Prince of Wales Hospital and The CUHK Medical Centre respectively.
Click here for further information on health and medical services in Hong Kong.
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