The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the University of Waterloo have signed an agreement that will allow doctoral students from various disciplines to earn a dual PhD from both institutions.
The President of HKUST Prof Tony F Chan, and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo Prof Feridun Hamdullahpur, have signed an agreement for a cotutelle – a dual doctoral degree program offered by both institutions. Selected students from any faculty will study under the guidance of scholars from both universities, spending almost equal time in both locations. This agreement broadens the two universities’ existing partnership on a dual engineering PhD degree, signed last year.
Prof Chan said HKUST is happy to deepen its collaboration on doctoral education with the University of Waterloo, a leading university in North America. “Building on our existing strategic Dual Engineering PhD partnership, this extended collaboration will further enhance the exposure and exchange between the two institutions, and I believe many innovative ideas of tomorrow will be cultivated and conceptualized,” he said.
Prof Hamdullahpur also expressed his delight to the strengthened partnership. “Waterloo is pleased to build on our excellent relationship with HKUST, one of the world’s leading universities,” he said. “Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines will now have an exceptional opportunity to create academic and research collaborations with leading experts in their fields and benefit from the culture of innovation at both universities.”
The students must meet all requirements of both institutions, but they only need to prepare one doctoral thesis and perform one thesis defense. Upon successful completion of the program, they will receive a degree from each institution, indicating it was performed in cotutelle.
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