The Hong Kong University Students' Union was established on 6 October 1912 with a membership including all students and teachers and was formerly known as hong Kong University Union. At that time, the Governor took up the post of the President of the Union.
In September 1949, the Union was officially registered as an independent society and was renamed as the Hong Kong University Students' Union, this laying the basis of the Union's independence from the University. "Unity with independence" later became the motto of the Union. Although the Union is no longer subordinate to the University, both sides maintain a close and equal cooperative relationship in contributing to HKU.
Thanks to the efforts of past HKU students and the drastically increasing number of HKU students in the past century, the Union now exerts great influence on the University, Hong Kong students, and the society at large, The Union has developed into a huge student body with a multi-purpose Union Building on the Main Campus, There are various facilities in the Union Building, including multi-function rooms, a Co-operative Store selling both stationeries and souvenirs, a Photocopying Centre, and Computer Product shop, serving over 16,000 members.
The aims of the Union, which lay in her constitution, are:
To promote the welfare of the student body;
To act as a bridge between the student body and the University authority in furthering the interests of the students and the University as a whole;
To identify the student body with social issues in the interests of the people of Hong Kong; and
To represent the student body both locally and internationally.
會務 Union Affairs
The Union provides resources to support student activities for about 130 sub-organizations, which includes Faculty Societies, Academic Societies, Hall Students' Associations, Sports Clubs, Cultural Clubs, and Independent Clubs. Apart from offering membres various activities and welfare, Union sub-organizations provide a channel for members to meet like-minded friends and promote their interests, creating a fruitful university life. The Union also organizes welfare programmes such as the Superpass Week, Notebook Ownership Programme, and searches for special offers and discounts for members.
校務 University Affairs
The Union has always fought for teachers-students co-governance in the University so that students' voices can be reflected in the decision-making process of the University authorities. Currently, there are student representatives in University Committees of nearly all aspects, such as the selection of the Vice-Chancellor, campus facilities, curriculum development, catering, transportation, and halls. When the University tries to implement unreasonable policies, the Union will reflect students' opinions to University authorities to safeguard students' rights and academic autonomy.
外務 External Affairs
HKUSU has been promoting socio-political awareness of students who should shoulder their social responsibilities. In the past, HKUSU has been considered pioneers of social reforms. Ever since decades ago, HKUSU has been highly involved in social affairs by expressing deep concern over the future of Hong Kong. After the transfer of sovereignty, HKUSU has been involved in various social issues, from the 2003 Anti-Article 23 Rally to the 2014 Umbrella Movement. Last year, the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement swept across Hong Kong, bringing a tide of resistance against the authoritarian regime. HKUSU has been standing unconditionally with protestors. In spite of the National Security Law, HKUSU shall walk alongside Hongkongers until glory be to Hong Kong.