THE Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has established its first alumni association to enhance communication between graduates and their alma mater. The association is in the early stages of development - building a database of university graduates and recruiting new members. The alumni association's president, Amy Wong Wing-ting, said: 'We aim to act as a bridge between the university and its graduates. 'As there is no way at present for graduates to access information on the university, the database we provide will give graduates the opportunity to access certain types of information.' Ms Wong said the committee was negotiating with the university administration in a bid to gain permission for alumni to use certain campus facilities, particularly the library and sports amenities. To help graduates keep in touch with their past classmates, the association is planning to produce an alumni newsletter and hold annual dinners. The group is actively involved with the university. The institute's Career Centre recently invited association members to address students about job-hunting and career options. The association's long-term plans include the establishment of a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology foundation. Ms Wong said the association wanted to ensure the continued development of educational research at the university. Since the institute opened in 1991, it has awarded degrees to 855 graduates, including 576 bachelor's degrees, 278 master's degrees and one doctorate.