The University of Chicago moved its Asian campus from Singapore to Hong Kong in 2014. Partnering with the Jockey Club in 2016, they helped restore the Victoria Road Detention Centre and the new campus opened in late 2018.
The detention centre was built in the 1950s on the abandoned Jubilee Battery, which was used in World War II. Through the years, it saw political detainees and protected witnesses, and the compound looked very low profile from the quiet street outside.
Beneath the main building is the No. 2 Gun Battery.
The site is perched on a hill overlooking the sea. Further downhill are the remains of Block C.
Back uphill, Block A is one of the heritage buildings that has been revitalized into classrooms with a large courtyard outside.
The timber staircase is now not used and an elevator has been installed instead.
Block B once hosted detention cells and is now also used for classrooms and study rooms.
The Block B Annex is now a Heritage Interpretation Centre with exhibits of the compound's history.
With the sea facing the west, this is also a good spot to watch the sunset.
The university currently offers a 21-month executive MBA program costing HKD $1.3 million. The public can join heritage tours around the campus.