The Faculty of Arts is one of the flagship faculties of the University of Hong Kong and one of the finest humanities faculties in the region and internationally. It was founded in 1912, when the University opened, and it has been a focus of academic life on campus ever since, building on its tradition to meet successive educational and intellectual challenges.

The Faculty attracts and nurtures outstanding scholars and students from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. It provides a comprehensive, humanities and liberal arts research environment, and its strengths include world-class expertise in China- West studies, highly diverse and international academic staff, and a strong culture- and language-based curriculum.

Teachers in the Faculty are committed to excellence in research, which feeds into the broad, liberal education they provide to students and the community. Arts graduates emerge with analytical, linguistic, critical and creative skills, a deep engagement with culture and global awareness, all of which create the foundation for effective leadership and success in a wide range of professional and life endeavours. Over the past century, the Faculty's graduates have made significant contributions in government, the arts, business and other fields in Hong Kong, the region and internationally.

HKU ranked 1st in Asia and 21st in the world for Arts and Humanities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities 2021, the only one Asian University to have made it into the top 30 this year among 250 universities worldwide.  It is also ranked 3rd in Asia and 1st in Hong Kong in Arts and Humanities in both the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2021 and the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.  Its Linguistics and Modern Languages subjects are also internationally renowned, ranked 11th and 26th respectively in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.  The Faculty of Arts' presence amongst the best institutions in the world is evidence of its exceptional record in teaching and research.