Established in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young, dynamic research-intensive university, conceived with the goal of propelling Hong Kong towards a knowledge-based economy. The University has already won a global reputation and presence.
The teaching faculty is organised around four Schools: science, engineering, business & management, and humanities & social science. A fifth school, the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School in Nansha, Guangzhou is now opened and is expected to be fully operational in the near future. The University has a student population of about 9,000, with 64 per cent in undergraduate programs, 23 per cent in taught masters programs and 13 per cent in post-graduate research. About 1,500 (17 per cent) are non-local students. Every year a few hundred undergraduates of the University participate in student exchange programs with over 100 institutions overseas.
The University’s 3,200 postgraduates work in either research-postgraduate programs leading to an MPhil or a PhD degree, or in taught postgraduate programs leading to an MA, MBA, MTM or MSc degree. HKUST’s EMBA program, run jointly with the Kellogg School of Management, is consistently ranked among the best in the world. Its reputation is reflected in its international makeup of students: over 50 per cent of these students “fly in” to Hong Kong to take classes.
The University has an international faculty mix, with 450 faculty members from 28 countries. More than half of the faculty members (52 per cent) are from outside Hong Kong and Mainland China. Professors from North America account for 22 per cent of the faculty size.
HKUST laboratories have made many groundbreaking discoveries, including the fabrication and characterisation of the world’s smallest carbon nanotubes, genetic associations in schizophrenia, anti-aging drug development, and fast motion estimation algorithms for the MPEG4 standard. Two departments in the engineering school are ranked among world’s top leaders in the number of papers published in key international journals.
The University maintains close links to business and industry for collaborative R&D and commercialisation of research outcomes. It has established a branch campus and R&D bases in southern China, capitalising on the region’s dynamic growth and emerging opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer.