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Thursday 25 July 2024
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HKU regularly conducts Learning Experience Questionnaire for Graduates (GLEQ) to invite graduates with HKU Bachelor’s degree to reflect on their learning experiences during their university studies. In the 2019 GLEQ, 1302 and 1487 HKU graduates respectively from the 2014 and 2018 cohorts participated in the survey exercise.

Highlights of Findings

  • Regarding perceived achievement of HKU Educational Aims, more than half of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed on all aspects. The three highest agreement percentages appeared on the scales of Critical Intellectual Inquiry, Lifelong Learning and Collaboration (Figure 1).
  • In the longitudinal tracking of the same cohort of students who completed the student learning experience surveys over time, graduates of both cohorts reported gains after graduation on the aspects of Critical Intellectual Inquiry, Lifelong Learning, Tackling Novel Situations and Ill-defined Problems and Communication. Notably, an upward trajectory sustained over time on Communication from the 2014 cohort who was surveyed one year and then 5 years after graduation. (Figure 2).
  • When it comes to HKU learning experience that is the most valuable to the current work or life, graduates frequently commented on well-equipped academic / professional knowledge and skills, enhanced personal developments such as communication and collaboration skills as well as intercultural understanding, and appreciated rich opportunities to gain international learning experience (Figure 3).

Detailed results at the institutional, Faculty and curriculum levels are available at the online Institutional Survey Reports System (ISRS). This System enables Faculties to dynamically generate survey reports at various levels and make comparisons across administration years. All academic staff and administrative staff with access right granted can directly access the System after logging on to the HKU Portal account (HKU Portal > Self Service > Teaching and Learning > Institutional Survey Reports > View Reports). Detailed instructions on using the System are available in the User Manual, downloadable from here.

Faculties are welcome to contact Dr. Maggie Zhao at myzhao@hku.hk for support in interpreting and utilising survey data, and Ms. Yvonne Chan at chanyyw@hku.hk for technical support in using the System.

Agreement Percentages on Perceived Achievement of HKU’s Educational Aims
Figure 1. Agreement Percentages on Perceived Attainment of University Educational Aims

Longitudinal Tracking of Perceived Achievement of HKU’s Educational Aims
Figure 2. Longitudinal Tracking of Perceived Achievement of HKU’s Educational Aims


Figure 3. Concept Map and Quotes of Comments on Positive Learning Experiences