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Please meet with Your Faculty Academic Adviser


Dear Student,

Please meet with Your Faculty Academic Adviser

To ensure that each student is aware of the academic choices available to him / her under the flexible curriculum and to have good academic progress, the University requires all first-year students to meet with their Faculty Academic Advisers (FAAs) at least once EVERY semester.

As the Reading Week is approaching, it is a good time to review your progress so far this semester with your FAA. Please contact and meet with him / her at your earliest convenience. If you are not sure who your FAA is, please refer to this video:

Please contact us at 2219 4686 or email us at should you have any query.

Please disregard this message if you have already met with your FAA in this semester.

Academic Advising Office



請約見你的Faculty Academic Adviser

大學的課程設計靈活,選擇甚具彈性。為確保每位同學都清楚了解自己在學業上有甚麼選擇,兼具良好的學習進度,大學規定每位一年級的新同學每學期至少約見他們的Faculty Academic Adviser (FAA) 一次。

Reading Week將至,是時候跟你的FAA好好檢討一下你的學習進度。請儘快聯絡你的FAA,並安排會面。如不清楚你的FAA是誰,請參考這段短片︰

若有問題,歡迎致電2219 4686,或電郵至



When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair 2014-15

Fair Highlights

When was the Fair?

11:00 am to 4:00 pm, January 28, 2015 (Wednesday)

Where was the Fair?

Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

Who was the Fair for?

All undergraduate students

What was the aim of the Fair?

HKU’s new undergraduate curriculum provides flexibility for students to design their own combination of disciplinary majors, minors and electives within and outside their home Faculties with guidance from academic advisers. The aim of the Fair was to provide an opportunity for students to explore different major and minor options.

Missed the Fair?

No worries. If you have questions regarding your major / minor options, you can:

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When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair 2015


When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair 2015

Dear Student,

Choosing a major and / or a minor will be one of the most important academic decisions you make. How can you make the choice that is best for you? To help you explore the wide spectrum of major and minor options available, the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will organize the “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair”:

Date: January 28, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Venue: Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

During the Fair, you can attend information briefings conducted by teachers from different Faculties on the major / minor options their Faculties offered and a talk by CEDARS (Careers & Placement).

Please click HERE to register!


There will also be Faculty administrators and careers advisers to attend to your enquiries. Student representatives from different Faculties will be around to share with you their first-hand experience too.

For details of the Fair, please go to

See you at the Fair!

Academic Advising Office (AAO)


When Major Meets Minor Fair

Five Common Myths on Academic Advising



Dear Students,

The examination results of the first semester will soon be announced! Whatever the results, it is now a good time to meet with your Faculty Academic Adviser (FAA) again to review your academic progress and get well-prepared for the coming semester.

Don’t sit back and fall victim of a number of common myths about academic advising, reach out to your FAA today.

Myth 1

Academic advising is for the student with a low GPA.

Advising is not solely for students who have difficulties in coping with their studies. Even academically outstanding students can use guidance on matters like deciding on exchange opportunities, choosing a suitable majors and minors or planning for postgraduate studies. Go and tell your FAAs about your study plan or career goals, and you may be surprised to hear your FAAs insights and opinions that you have never thought of.

Myth 2

I did not contact my FAA in the first semester, therefore I better not approach my FAA now as he / she may already have a bad impression.

The old saying is “better late than never”. Whether or not you have met with your FAA in the first semester, now that you have your first semester results and more experience with the University, it would be timely to consult your FAA on your study plan. Your FAA is there to help and guide you and to review your progress, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or nervous to contact him/her.

Myth 3

It is better to seek advice from my peers since they can relate more to my experience.

There is no doubt that your peers like o’camp leaders or senior hallmates can provide you with useful opinions. However, their advice, like all other advice, has its limitation – it is based on their own strengths and personality. This is most likely different from yours. Additionally, while your peers are able to give you views from a student’s perspective, your FAA sees matters from another perspective. Getting advice from peers and FAAs is not substitute of one another.

Myth 4

There is no point meeting my FAA because he/she is not teaching courses in my intended major.

In the event that your assigned FAA is not from your intended major, he or she as an academic staff of your Faculty can still advise you on how to draw up your study plan, how to prepare for declaring your intended major and to give you suggestions on the requisite study skills. If there are details that he / she is not familiar with, your FAA would guide and refer you to the most appropriate person for further advice.

Myth 5

Meeting with my FAA in a formal setting is intimidating. I don’t know what to talk about…

Although meeting with your FAA might not be as fun as chatting with your friends, it does not have to be intimidating. FAAs are teachers who are used to communicating with students. Your FAA has been specifically assigned to help you adjust to the University and to guide you through your academic plans. You can raise any study-related query (e.g. how to develop a study plan, how to improve study skills, what to consider when selecting a major questions on learning opportunities such as exchange, research and internship). It is advisable to write down the questions you wish to discuss with your FAA before you meet with him/her.






Academic Advising Office

Online Orientation on Major/ Minor Selection




Dear Student,

Online Orientation on Major/ Minor Selection

The second semester is coming and you can declare / change your major / minor programmes during the Add / Drop period from January 19 to 30, 2015. What should you consider when making the decision? Just spare 3 minutes to complete our online orientation on major / minor selection and get some practical tips, plus getting a special gift after finishing it!

Want to talk to someone or get more clues on this? We strongly encourage you to go to our “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair” on January 28, 2015 (Wednesday) which will be held on Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons. For details, please look at


Thank you and look forward to seeing you in the Fair!

Academic Advising Office

The “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair”

The When 'Major' Meets 'Minor' Fair

DATE: January 28, 2015 (Wednesday)
TIME: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
VENUE: Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

Who is it for?

All undergraduates, particularly Year 1 and Year 2 students

What is it for?

For exploring different major and minor options available at the University

What can I get?

Advice from Faculty Administrators and AAO Academic Advisers

Administrators from AAO and different Faculties will be there to provide face-to-face consultation on major / minor selection matters.

Information from Faculty Teachers

Teachers from different Faculties will give information briefings on various major / minor options.
Please click HERE for further details


Careers Advice

Careers advisers from CEDARS (Careers & Placement) will give talk on the relationship between career planning and major/ minor selection. They will also station at the Fair to attend to your enquiries.

Peer Advice

Senior students from different Faculties will be there. They will be happy to share with you their experience in selecting their major / minor programmes.

Free Factsheets

There will be factsheets on different major/ minor options for picking up free.


Please click here for the online orientation

Get a Gift?

Wish to have some ideas about how to select your major/minor before our Fair? Why not spare 3 minutes to complete our online orientation and get a gift?
Please click HERE for the online orientation

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