First established in 1968 as the Department of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist College, our department was restructured as the Department of Communication Studies (傳播系) when the School of Communication was formed in 1991. Today, we are one of the three academic units of the School of Communication and Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.
As one of the pioneers of degree-level communication education in Hong Kong, our department has nurtured thousands of graduates who have become professionals in advertising and branding, public relations, and organizational communication fields. Our alumni have built successful careers in the public and private sectors, academia, or social service. The alumni network and the collaborative ties with local and international industry leaders and companies within the communication field, particularly in public relations and advertising, are among the Department’s most valuable assets.
The department also manages a core general education course, the Art of Persuasion, for the University. This course serves to improve students’ public speaking skills and enhance their persuasion ability useful for their future careers.
Our department is at the forefront of the university’s internationalization drive, as demonstrated by the culturally diverse students and staff that we recruited globally. In addition to the mainland of China and Taiwan, we have undergraduate and postgraduate students that come from Italy, Poland, Uganda, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Furthermore, our faculty members are ethnically diverse and many of them had obtained their degrees from North America and Europe. The department has hosted visiting scholars from Asia, North America, Europe, and Australia.
The faculty members that make up this department are a diverse community of teacher-scholars committed to advancing the communication discipline and applying the discipline’s concepts and principles to the society in which we live. Our teacher-scholar orientation is founded on the value we place on teaching informed by research and research illuminated by teaching. Our diversity grows out of our commitment to exploring communication through a variety of humanistic, social scientific and applied professional approaches. We are committed to a collaborative and inclusive academic environment in which we participate in developing communication as an essential area of human inquiry and contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our community.
Taken together, our department offers a rich, collaborative, and nurturing environment for excellent learning and scholarship.