University-wide Academic Advising System
At HKU, academic advising involves helping students to understand the aims of University education, the culture and ethos of learning, the available educational options and the paths that could be taken so that students can draw their own roadmaps to achieve their goals and monitor their own progress. Academic advising should result in students’ greater satisfaction with their academic experience, better self-understanding and a sense of success in the achievement of personal and academic goals.
To achieve this, the Senate has approved the setting up of a University-wide Academic Advising System and eight recommendations have been made regarding its core values, objectives, implementation and timeline. Please click here for details.
The following components can be found in the University-wide Academic Advising System:
Faculty-based Academic Advising
Each Faculty will appoint an overall Academic Advising Coordinator to oversee academic advising in the Faculty; appoint advisers for each Major and Minor programmes, or for Faculty offering professional programme, appoint advisers for each curriculum or year of study; assign Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) to every new students; appoint and train a group of Faculty Student Advisers (FSAs). FSAs have to be in their second year or above, have good academic achievements, good interpersonal and communication skills and a caring attitude towards students. They will work under the supervision of the Faculty Academic Advising Co-ordinators.
With effect from the 2012 academic year, all First-year undergraduate students will be assigned to a Faculty Academic Adviser upon registration. Students are required to meet with his or her Faculty Academic Adviser once every semester in their first year of study to discuss different academic issues.
General Academic Advising
A central Academic Advising Office (AAO) staffed by an academic adviser and experienced administrators 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.
Residence-based Academic Advising
Each hall of residence and the Residential College on Lung Wah Street (by June 2012) will appoint senior students in its hall as Residential Student Advisers (RSAs) in due course.
Web-based Academic Advising
- The development of an Academic Advising website (the one you are looking at right now) which serves as the first point of contact for students looking for academic guidance
- The academic advising tools in the SIS
- The on-line programme / curricula information posted by Faculties