About New College

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The College was established in the first semester of 2012 as ‘New College’ of the HKU Residential Colleges. We provide accommodation for over 400 students from different backgrounds, which includes undergraduate and postgraduate students from Hong Kong, mainland China and 27 countries from around the world.

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Dr. Sarah Liao

Founding Master (2012-2018)

Dr. Sarah Liao is the Founding Master of New College at The University of Hong Kong from 2012 to 2018. She is also the Honorary Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, and Honorary Advisor in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr. Liao was formerly the Secretary for the Environment, Transport, and Works of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2002-2007 and adopted sustainable development strategies in her policies to achieve a balanced approach in social and economic development while protecting the environment at the same time. When the New College was founded, Dr. Liao also established the main ethos of New College as environment and sustainability, hoping to provide an active learning platform for our students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in sustainable living and nurture their love and care for nature.

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What We Stand For

The main ethos of the New College is the environment and sustainability. Through hands-on experience and discussions, we provide an active learning platform for our students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in sustainable living and at the same time nurture their love and care for nature. We encourage residents to think outside the box and be exposed to disciplines beyond their academic faculty and learn to be more aware of the overall well-being of the larger community.