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- HKBU Vision Statement
"To deliver the best student experience by emphasising integrity, creativity, communication, employability, and commitment to the common good of humankind"
- A Core Objective of the HKBU Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028

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HKBU Graduate Attributes

7 HKBU Graduate Attributes

Institutional learning goals for HKBU students

Education at HKBU aims to develop all aspects of the whole person - intellectual, professional, moral, spiritual, cultural, social and physical. In particular, it aims to equip its graduates with the following attributes:

Be responsible citizens with an international outlook and a sense of ethics and civility
Have up-to-date, in-depth knowledge of an academic specialty, as well as a broad range of cultural and general knowledge
Be independent, lifelong learners with an open mind and an inquiring spirit
Have the necessary information literacy and IT skills, as well as numerical and problem-solving skills, to function effectively in work and everyday life
Be able to think critically and creatively
Have trilingual and biliterate competence in English and Chinese, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly and coherently
Be ready to serve, lead and work in a team, and to pursue a healthy lifestyle

Reference: approved by HKBU Senate in September 2008


Graduate Attributes for Postgraduates

HKBU Taught Postgraduate graduates

On graduation, HKBU Taught Postgraduate graduates should have:

Knowledge Mastery of knowledge of their academic specialty or profession that is in-depth, advanced and up-to-date and be able to apply the knowledge to their profession or disciplines.
Creativity The ability to evaluate and apply knowledge to make critical and independent judgement, and provide creative and innovative solutions to problems.
Skills The ability to apply appropriate theories, methodologies and techniques for professional or disciplinary advancement in their fields.
Learning An on-going interest and capability in continuous learning for the purpose of tackling the complexities in their professional field or discipline through inquiry and critical reflection.
Communication The ability to synthesize and articulate ideas clearly, coherently, and in a logical way, with fluent communication skills.
Citizenship A sense of upholding professional ethics and social responsibility consistent with their roles as local and global citizens.

Remark: HKBU’s whole person education comprises seven elements. As “TEAMWORK” should have been developed when students reach postgraduate level, it is therefore not highlighted in the Graduate Attributes for postgraduate students. However, owing to the different nature of the programmes, “teamwork” may be one of the learning goals or programme outcomes as appropriate.

HKBU Research Postgraduate and Professional Doctorate Degree graduates

On graduation, HKBU Research Postgraduate and Professional Doctorate Degree graduates should have:

Knowledge Mastery and creation of knowledge at the forefront of their field of specialization, together with advanced knowledge in other related areas.
Creativity The ability to evaluate existing regimes and develop original research insights and methodology for advanced academic inquiry.
Skills The ability to apply appropriate theories, research methodologies and techniques to make informed judgement and solve problems in general and of different complex contexts in their fields.
Learning A sustainable interest and autonomous initiative in the acquisition of advanced knowledge and in the exploration of new areas of research and professional environments.
Communication The ability to communicate and exchange knowledge and ideas in their fields clearly and effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Citizenship A sense of upholding professional ethics and social responsibility consistent with their roles as local and global citizens.

Remark: HKBU’s whole person education comprises seven elements. As “TEAMWORK” should have been developed when students reach postgraduate level, it is therefore not highlighted in the Graduate Attributes for postgraduate students. However, owing to the different nature of the programmes, “teamwork” may be one of the learning goals or programme outcomes as appropriate.

Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL)@HKBU

“What can students achieve after taking my course?”

The principle of Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) is based on the constructive alignment model which presumes that the components in the teaching system, especially the Assessment Methods (AMs) and the Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs) are aligned to the Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) in order to help students achieve them.

To implement OBTL effectively, HKBU recognizes that a full commitment to teaching and learning must include strategies of assessment and documentation focused on what and how much students have learned. One strategy that addresses these issues is the use of Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) to assess how well students have achieved the learning outcomes based on objective criteria.

The use of CRA, approved by the Senate in April 2012, is set out in HKBU’s Policy for the Assessment of Student Learning which is one of the guiding principles that underpins the way assessment is undertaken in this University.

For more information about the OBTL concept, learning taxonomies, and OBTL requirements for programme accreditation, please visit

HKBU’s Policy for the Assessment of Student Learning can be accessed (login required) at:

Checklist for the first day of class

To-do checklist for your first class

Have I …?
checked class time and classroom location?
ordered necessary textbooks at the bookstore?
planned an “ice-breaking” activity for my first class?
confirmed methods for gathering information on students’ expectations for the course? For their questions and concerns?
had all announcements for necessary information ready?
downloaded the most updated class roster?
uploaded course materials to Moodle course sites?
met the teaching assistants of my course?
had the course intended learning outcomes, outline and description ready?
finalized the course syllabus and grading policy, aligning both the teaching & learning activities and assessment methods to the course intended learning outcomes?


eLearning ecosystem

HKBU functions within a diverse environment of emerging educational technologies by establishing a supportive and flexible learning environment in which eLearning is an integrated, dynamic and innovative element.

Please browse the eLearning @ HKBU website:

elearning ecosystem diagram

Pan-university Standards for Adoption of e-Pedagogies for Effective Teaching and Learning

The “Standards”, approved by the Senate in May 2017, are intended to provide colleagues with a framework to facilitate the adoption of e-pedagogies in developing students to be active and self-directed learners / life-long learners and enhancing their learning experience while still catering for diversity and flexibility in e-pedagogical practices.

Details of the “Pan-university Standards for Adoption of e-Pedagogies for Effective Teaching and Learning” can be found via the BUniPort, under the option of “U-Wide Policies & Info”  “Policies & Guidelines” “Quality Assurance, Teaching & Learning”.

“Internationalization” via Developing Online Courses Initiatives with FutureLearn

With internationalisation as one of the priorities in the Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028, our University has been continuously promoting blended learning and establishing ties with overseas universities.

With Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) and other blended learning initiatives, our students can learn alongside their peers in other universities with different cultural backgrounds. Teachers can also co-teach with overseas partners, opening up opportunities for joint programmes. In this light, the Teaching and Learning Policy Committee (TLPC) supports the University to adopt FutureLearn as our initial SPOC platform.

The University has  adopted FutureLearn ( as our initial Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) platform and colleagues are invited to submit proposals and apply their innovative blended learning ideas in their teaching. Up to HKD100,000 can be allocated per proposal to support the initial SPOC establishment. Proposals will be processed on a first come, first serve basis, until the fund is exhausted. Details can be found at

Evidence Collection Initiative (ECI)

The ECI is conducted to ascertain that academic programmes are assisting students in achieving the HKBU Graduate Attributes (GAs). This is a quality assurance measure based on the outcomes-based approach in student learning, with an aim to enhance teaching and learning quality and make continuous improvements.

The Centre of Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL) is responsible for collecting data on the ECI which consists of: (1) direct evidence from students’ academic works – Outcomes Assessment, and (2) direct evidence from students’ results in University Academic Profile (UAP). The UAP is now a KPI that the University must return to the UGC annually. As such, there is a demand on the rate of responses: 80% for freshmen, 50% for Year 2 students, and 30% for Final Year students. As students are more receptive to teachers’ requests, your assistance in urging your students to complete the UAP will be appreciated.

Benefits of ECI

Student Learning Experience Surveys

Students are encouraged to think of learning as an ongoing process in which their expectations and their actual experiences can fuel their development as they progress in HKBU. To assist students as well as the University understand the experiences of their study, university life and how good they are with regard to the Graduate Attributes of the University, the Student Learning Experience Surveys (Tracking Surveys) will be administered by the CHTL at different points along the timeline of each cohort of undergraduate students as they progress in HKBU:

Year 0 Tracking Survey
Before the commencement of your study programme

Year 1 Tracking Survey
At the end of your first year of study

Year 2 Tracking Survey
At the end of your second year of study

Year Final or Exit Survey
During the final year of your study before you graduate

Very importantly, students’ responses in these Tracking Surveys will provide important data for the University to continuously improve its learning and teaching activities and support for them.

After completing each Tracking Survey, students will receive their own individual report on their progress as compared with the previous one, as well as a reference to the progress of their fellow students.

Aggregated results of the ECI and Tracking Surveys are reported to the Senate, and its senior committees annually. These two major University-level quality assurance exercises together collected three main sets of data/evidence of student learning. As the data/evidence accumulate, they will enable triangulation of the results to provide evidence on how our students are achieving the HKBU GAs, and by extension, WPE.

Support for Teaching and Learning at HKBU

Workshops and Seminars

Teaching and Learning Experience Sharing (TALES) Seminar Series

The TALES seminar series aims to stimulate sharing and collegial discussions about innovations in teaching and learning. It provides an excellent opportunity for colleagues to share new developments in pedagogy and present their reflected experiences on teaching and learning.

Details can be found via

Induction Programme

HKBU is renowned for its dedication in providing an excellent and holistic education experience for its students. With providing “Best Student Experience” as one of the strategic priorities in our Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028 (, quality teaching and learning is given a top priority, re-emphasising our focus on Whole Person Education.

This Induction Programme is specifically designed for new academic and teaching staff members joining HKBU. The primary objective of the Programme is to help new colleagues get familiar with the learning and teaching environment and culture of HKBU.

Details can be found via

Pre-semester Workshops

The Pre-semester Workshops aim to facilitate colleagues on the adoption of related e- pedagogy through different e-tools like Learning Management System (e.g. Moodle), Lecture capturing system (e.g. Echo360) etc. to enhance teaching and learning at the University. These workshops are usually held before the start of each semester.

Details can be found via


Online Courses Available for New Teachers

(i) Teaching and Learning at HKBU (T&L@HKBU)

To better equip new teaching colleagues with the teaching pedagogies adopted at the University, this 6-hour online course covers appropriate teaching theories, Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) and Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) etc.. Colleagues can go through the learning content anytime and anywhere.

For more information and registration, please visit


(ii) Blended Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

To enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills in terms of blended and online pedagogies, tools and techniques, this online course takes you through the essentials of learning and teaching online through engaging videos, collaborative activities.

For more information and registration, please visit

Please email us at for further inquiries for the above two online courses.


Workshop Attendance Record

You may view your workshop attendance record on the CHTL website, under "Teaching & Learning"» "CHTL Activities Records".


Other Resources

Teaching Grants

The CHTL is entrusted by the University to administer some teaching grants for supporting innovative teaching and learning initiatives and pedagogical research, such as Teaching Development Grants (TDG) projects and the establishment of Communities of Practice (CoPs). All full-time staff members, whose duties involve aspects of teaching and learning of the UGC-funded programmes in the University, are welcome to apply.

Details can be found at

Advance Higher Education Access Partnership for Teaching Excellence at HKBU

In line with international best practices, HKBU is delighted to become an institutional Access Partner to the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of Advance (HE). This demonstrates HKBU’s commitment as an organisation to teaching and learning in Higher Education. The proportion of staff members receiving professional accreditation would be a useful indicator for HKBU to demonstrate commitment to quality teaching. The HEA/Advance(HE) awards four different categories of Fellowship, Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)Fellowship (FHEA)Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA). Such comprehensive progression pathway aligns with the core objectives of HKBU.  The CHTL will provide advice to colleagues on pedagogies and ways of putting together a portfolio for submission to the HEA.

Details can be found at

Consultation Sessions

The CHTL provides consultation sessions for academic colleagues to identify strategies to enhance learning and teaching at the University. We would explore approaches on analyzing student learning capabilities, and formulate ideas for proposals to apply for different funding opportunities like TDGs, CoPs and Blended Learning Initiatives with FutureLearn etc. This service, available to individuals and groups, is private and confidential, and can include class observation(s) with constructive feedback upon request. To arrange a consultation, please contact our senior staff at the CHTL or e-mail us at