HKU conducts institutional surveys on students’ learning experiences for undergraduates (SLEQ-UG) on an annual basis. The survey findings inform evidence-informed support for teaching and learning quality assurance and enhancement. All undergraduate students at their first, second, and final years of studies were invited to participate in the SLEQ-UG. A total of 5601 undergraduate students (nUG1 = 2008, nUG2 = 1591, nUGF = 2002) responded to the SLEQ-UG this year.

Highlights of Findings

  • The overall profiles of Achievement of Educational Aims, Teaching and Learning Environment, and Overall Satisfaction continued to demonstrate a largely upward trend over the years (Figure 1).
  • An upward trajectory on students’ perceived Achievement of Educational Aims was evident from the longitudinal tracking of students who responded to the SLEQ-UG at first and final years (Figure 2).
  • Students’ learning experiences in relation to Internationalisation, Interdisciplinarity, Innovation, and Impact were perceived positively by over 75% of the final-year respondents upon their university studies.
  • Based on open-ended comments from students of all years, “knowledge”, “opportunities”, and “professors” emerged as the best aspects of their undergraduate experiences. Particular highlights appeared on “friends” and “resources” from first-year undergraduates, “professors” and “opportunities” from second-year undergraduates, and “opportunities” and “environment” from final-year undergraduates (Figures 3a-3c).
Detailed results at the institutional, Faculty, and curriculum levels are available at the online Institutional Survey Reports System (ISRS), which allows Faculties to generate survey reports at various levels and make comparisons across years. All academic and administrative staff with access rights could 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 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 ISRS.

Figure 1. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from the SLEQ-UG between 2016-17 and 2020-21

Note. New “Overall Satisfaction” questions were introduced in the 2017-18 SLEQ; therefore, the 2017-18 mean score is not comparable to the means obtained in previous years, as represented in the grey dotted line.

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







Figure 3. Concept Maps and Quotes from Students’ Open-ended Comments.