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HKAPA Ranks 1st in Asia and 10th in the World in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2022

06 April 2022

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts has remained 1st in Asia for four consecutive years and ranks 10th in the world for two consecutive years in the latest QS World University Rankings’ Performing Arts category.


The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is pleased to see the outcome as a recognition of its achievements in performing arts education, and its competitiveness as a world-class performing arts educational institute. The Academy has made auspicious progress towards its goals. Meanwhile, its continued efforts in incorporating arts technology with new modes of teaching, research initiatives and performances have made desirable outcomes, and enabled students to excel and create breakthroughs amid challenges under the pandemic.


Professor Gillian Choa, Director of the Academy, shares, “In the past two years, the pandemic has required educational institutions to relook and rethink their approach to teaching and learning. We are delighted to once again be ranked amongst other world leading performing arts conservatoires this year. This reaffirms the Academy’s place as one of the global leaders providing focused professional training as well as liberal arts education to emerging performing artists. Dedicated to our educational and cultural missions, the Academy will continue to strive for excellence in nurturing performing artists, exploring innovative ways of teaching and learning now and in the post-pandemic era, and maintaining its strong commitment to enriching arts and cultural development locally, regionally, and internationally. I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the Academy community including the Home Affairs Bureau, Academy Council, academic and administrative staff, students, alumni, and other major supporters and friends for their dedication and unwavering support to the Academy.”



The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in the performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.


Since 2008, the Academy has attained the Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status awarded by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to self-monitor and accredit its own Undergraduate and Post-secondary programmes in the five programme areas of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Since 2016, the PAA status has been extended to cover Master’s Degree programmes and below. The programmes operated by the School of Chinese Opera are accredited by HKCAAVQ for recognition under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.


Besides the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2006.


In the QS World University Rankings announced in 2022, the Academy is ranked 1st in Asia and 10th in the world in the Performing Arts category.