• I think that's actually beneficial for us because even for the same type of course, say, like Introduction to Accounting, we actually have different professors using different materials and different course outlines. So, one of my group mates, we're both taking Accounting courses and then we realized we have different assignments and exercises. So, we kind of exchanges on that. So, it's kind of a benefit for us.

    HKU student at HKUST
  • I think this blended design is very engaging for students to learn as it tries to ... initiate students to learn and try to develop themselves into the lectures.

    HKUST student at HKU
  • ... some of my friends are in HKUST. I come here for emotional connection with them. Besides that, I hope to know more about [learning] styles in HKUST.

    PolyU student at HKUST
  • ... we're from different universities and we may have different styles of learning or different styles of working. I would like to know more about different styles of doing things.

    PolyU student at HKU
  • We seldom have a chance to be exposed to knowledge like Humanities or Social Sciences. So, if I could join again, I think I would definitely choose this kind of course that could not be offered in my home institution.

    HKUST student at HKU
  • In Responsive4U, every university has their unique course.

    CUHK student at HKU
  • ... the most important thing for me was the interaction with the students in HKU, I think. I think it's a very valuable experience to interact with other institutions' students.

    HKUST student at HKU
  • Obviously, it is a chance for us to meet students from other universities. Actually, during the project, not only did we get to know each other but also the differences between the universities' culture.

    PolyU student at HKU
  • It's a very rare opportunity - you can learn outside of your own university.

    PolyU student at CUHK

Cross Institutional

Eligible students can take one GE course offered by other partner universities. This project presents precious opportunities for students to select courses that are not available at their home institutions and to enrol in the same course with friends studying in other partner universities.

Blended Learning Experience

All eleven cross-institutional GE courses are delivered in blended learning mode. Blended learning combines online digital materials with face-to-face sessions. This technology-enriched teaching method provides students with a new learning experience and an enjoyable learning journey.

Credit Bearing

Students may receive transfer credits from their home institutions for their studies at the host institutions, in accordance with the policy on credit transfer at their home institutions. The credits can be counted towards the Common Core / GE requirements at their home institutions.

Let’s explore which cluster/area that each cross-institutional GE course belongs to.

Limited Offer

The project runs from September 2018 until May 2019. It serves as a pilot scheme to experimenting a cross-institutional learning system. Being a pilot scheme, limited places are reserved for incoming students from each participating institution.


Eleven cross-institutional GE courses cover a wide range of topics under various Common Core / GE areas. They are delivered in a blended mode which encompasses both online learning and face-to-face activities.

All Courses
First Semester
Second Semester

About the Project

The University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), implements a project “The Responsive University: Appreciating Content Sharing in General Education” which is funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals.

The Project aims to create shareable quality course packages (online course vehicles supplemented with intensive face-to-face activities) and experiment a cross-institutional learning system which prepares the higher education sector for development of a transparent and trustworthy credit transfer mechanism. Arising from this joint project, the four institutions enter into an Agreement for Collaboration, under which eligible students in the participating institutions can enrol in one of the eleven designated Common Core / General Education courses respectively offered by other partner institutions.