HKUST celebrates its 25th congregation

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 November, 2017, 11:00am
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With Innovation and Technology a new driving engine of our economy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education is now more important than ever. HKUST strives to instill the logical mind of a scientist in its students, through a curriculum that values interdisciplinary studies and experiential learning. The University also seeks to educate the public about the importance of science in efforts to promote a culture that favors innovation and entrepreneurship, which could help catalyze the society’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy. 

HKUST is never shy about introducing new teaching methodology, not only was it one of Asia’s earliest institutions to introduce Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), it was also the first local university to blend research into its undergraduate curriculum through programs such as International Research Enrichment (IRE) and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). We continue to set the trend nowadays by launching innovative programs such as the Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (IIM), which allows our undergraduates to design their own curriculum, amongst others. Next year we will launch a new practicum-led program, which will offer highly creative students, who may otherwise be less apt in academic results, the opportunities to develop innovative tech products through a novel assessment mechanism.

Outside of campus, our faculty and management - including President Prof Tony F Chan and Prof Tang Ching-Wan, an authoritative expert in OLED from HKUST’s Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), joined a mentorship program by The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong to stimulate youngsters’ interest in science. The University’s School of Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Programs Office, also offered various workshops, programs and competitions for the same purpose.

Global Partnership Create International Opportunities for Faculty and Students

HKUST may have a relatively short history of 26 years but it has gained recognition in the global higher education arena. HKUST was one of the few Asian universities to hold an IdeasLab at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), where over 2,500 global leaders gathered to discuss the most critical issues facing the world, President Chan is also a member, and the only member from Hong Kong, of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) under WEF, which consists Presidents of only 27 top universities in the world such as Yale, Oxford, Chicago and MIT. HKUST has forged over 300 partnerships and collaborations around the world - including a research consortium with MIT and collaborations with French conglomerate Thales as well as the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong to advance the city’s innovation and technological development.

Regionally, HKUST is taking the lead to form an Ivy League of the east by co-founding the Asian Universities Alliance with Peking University, University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore and others to promote student, research and scholarly exchanges. At national level, HKUST is also forming the Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Alliance to play an integral role in promoting institutional and student cooperation.

Stepping Up Our Research and Development Efforts

HKUST’s global recognition lies largely with its researchers’ achievements, many of its researchers’ breakthroughs, such as those that could lead to the development of potential treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, autism or chronic spinal cord injury, are widely cited by global scholars. Others include discoveries of new materials that could minimize the devastating impact of landslides, predict earthquake, reduce energy consumption or develop the next-generation super computers, have also drawn attention from governments and industries worldwide. 

We continued to forge collaborations amongst governments, academia and the industry worldwide, earlier this year we established partnership with technology giants Didi and the Beijing Genomics Institute to foster developments and advance on smart city building and biomedical research.