Memories at HKUST’s 25th Anniversary
HKUST hosted a series of activities to celebrate our 25th anniversary including distinguished speakers series, international conferences, international competitions and more. The activities were graced by the attendance of renowned scholars, international experts around the world among students, faculties and alumni.
HKUST 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series
Over 25 prominent scholars, scientists, business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe - including 9 Nobel or Turing Prize winners, came to HKUST to share their insights and experiences at HKUST 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series. Prof Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1997 and former US Secretary of Energy, was the series’ inaugural speaker.
Times Higher Education Asia University Summit
Some 50 senior university management officers – including about 30 presidents, chancellors and rectors, from universities in 15 Asian cities and countries came to HKUST for the 25th Anniversary celebrations in June and joined the inaugural Asia Universities Summit co-presented by HKUST and Times Higher Education on “How Universities Nurture Creativity and Innovation”. Speakers at the two-day summit include Mr Nicholas W Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Mr Liu Chuanzhi, Founder of Lenovo Group, Prof Wei Yang, President of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Dr France A Córdova, Director of National Science Foundation of the United States. The event even created a platform for unofficial exchanges between science leaders from the east and the west.
57th International Mathematical Olympiad
HKUST was the Host University of the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) where over 600 contestants from over 100 countries and regions participated. HKUST faculty members had helped coach the Hong Kong Team who scored 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze– a record-breaking result since Hong Kong’s first participation in the game in 1988.
17th annual Asian Physics Olympiad
HKUST hosted the 17th annual Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) – the first time Hong Kong hosted this grand physics competition and in the largest scale ever. For years, HKUST has been commissioned by the Hong Kong Academy of Gifted Education (HKAGE) to train student representatives from Hong Kong who take part in Asian and International Physics Olympiad. HKUST has so far nurtured 73 medalists for the two competitions.
The Intimacy of Creativity
HKUST’s annual music event The Intimacy of Creativity - centerpiece of the University’s rapidly growing creative arts education program, collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time this year and was featured as part of the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival.
HKUST Connect – SERVE 25 campaign
A total of 806 students completed 7,372 hours of voluntary work in service to society as part of the HKUST Connect – SERVE 25 campaign.
“Innovating Today, Imagining Tomorrow” Mentorship Program
26 HKUST faculty members mentored 69 students from 52 secondary schools through the“Innovating Today, Imagining Tomorrow” Mentorship Program, run in collaboration with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups.
Global Alumni Conferences
HKUST held 4 Global Alumni Conferences in London, San Francisco, Beijing and Singapore (to be held in January 2017) for overseas alumni and partner institutions to celebrate the University’s 25th anniversary.