The Faculty of Arts is one of the flagship faculties of the University of Hong Kong and one of the finest humanities faculties in the region and internationally.  It was founded in 1912, when the University opened, and it has been a focus of academic life on campus ever since, building on its tradition of facing and resolving new educational and intellectual challenges.

The Faculty seeks to contribute to knowledge development through outstanding teaching and scholarship. It provides a comprehensive, humanities and liberal arts research environment, and its strengths include world-class expertise in China-West studies, highly internationalized academic staff, and a strong culture- and language-based curriculum.

Teachers in the Faculty are committed to excellence in research, which feeds into the broad, liberal education they provide to students and the community. Arts graduates emerge with analytic, linguistic, critical and creative skills that are central in their future leadership roles and success in their professional careers. Over the past century, the Faculty's graduates have made significant contributions in government, the arts, business and other fields in Hong Kong, the region and internationally.

The Faculty strives to extend the significance of its research and teaching into the wider community.  It aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities and to reinforce the artistic, social and educational values of the arts and humanities.  In turn, it has received significant support for its work from public and private sources.

The University of Hong Kong has been ranked no. 1 in Asia (jointly with the University of Tokyo) and 44th in the world in Arts and Humanities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. HKU did particularly well in the international outlook category, with the joint highest score of all top 100 institutions worldwide for Arts and Humanities. 

HKU Arts and Humanities were also rated as the best in Hong Kong as evidenced by the highest proportion of research scoring 4 stars (i.e. world-leading quality) or 3 stars (i.e. internationally excellent) in the latest Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the University Grants Council.