A New Creative Hub to put HKBU on the Road Map of Creativity Education
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is building a brand new campus, the “Jockey Club Campus of Creativity“. When completed, it will stand as a towering icon of creativity education, be a symbol of new living-learning communities delivering the best student experience, and enhance the University's research excellence.
Located at the University’s Kowloon Tong Campus occupying an area of 7,430 square metres, the Jockey Club Campus of Creativity will boast four blocks of residential colleges that form the Village CARE. The Creative Hub will feature state-of-the-art facilities for music, film, television, video games and other creative disciplines. With the generous support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the largest single donation ever received by HKBU, the new campus will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to foster inter-institutional collaborations to achieve greater synergy in creative disciplines.
"The new campus opens a new chapter in HKBU's history. The doubling of student residential places will be crucial to students' whole person development while the creative hub will put HKBU on the world map of higher education in creativity. It will provide a vibrant environment where residents can mingle and interact, facilitating the cross-fertilisation of ideas among students and scholars from a variety of disciplines," said the former President and Vice-Chancellor Prof Roland Chin at the naming ceremony. He was joined by Ms Michelle Li Mei-sheung, Permanent Secretary for Education of the HKSAR Government; Mr Philip N L Chen, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr Carlson Tong, Chairman of the University Grants Committee; and Dr Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU.
Following the development of the Creative Hub, a wide range of community and industry engagement programmes – including the Jockey Club Music Education Enhancement Programme, the Jockey Club Community Engagement Programmes in Music, the Jockey Club Creative Industries Collaborative Scheme, and the Jockey Club Creative Arts Incubation Programme – will be launched to engage in knowledge exchange and promote the development of creative industries in Hong Kong. A Pre-College Music Academy will also be launched for young talent development through international partnership with world-class universities.
Construction of the Jockey Club Campus of Creativity began in the second quarter of 2020 and will be completed in 2024.
The naming ceremony of the Jockey Club Campus of Creativity is officiated by (from left) Professor Roland T Chin, former President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Professor James Tang Tuck-hong, Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee (representing Mr Carlson Tong who joined the ceremony online); Mr Philip N L Chen, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Ms Michelle Li Mei-sheung, Permanent Secretary for Education of the HKSAR Government; and Dr Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU.
The Jockey Club Creative Hub will provide teaching, learning and research space for HKBU's Department of Music and the Creative Media and Practice Cluster. A prominent facility is the Jockey Club White Box Experimental Space, an immersive space for scientific and artistic research, which is the first of its kind in Asia.