undergraduate academic program structure will be re-engineered
to encourage students to become autonomous and lifelong
learners. Students will be guided to take responsibility
for making choices on their study program, and for managing
their hall life and extra curricular activities. Underlying
all programs will be a common core curriculum designed
to provide breadth of outlook and grounding in fundamental
Plans to achieve these outcomes focus on three main
- Innovative academic structure.
To establish an academic structure that empowers students
to take responsibility for their own learning, to
make flexible choices of majors and minors, and to
have ample opportunities for exchange and internships.
To introduce new and exciting academic programs, such
as interdisciplinary studies, double majors, and accelerated
options for the best and brightest.
- Undergraduate research.
To integrate research and learning by introducing
undergraduate research credits, senior research theses,
research mentorships, and work-study in research facilities
and centers. To increase the number of research postgraduate
students to strengthen the bridge between HKUST's
research culture, the postgraduate research experience,
and the undergraduate learning environment. To recruit
the very best academic staff, who can combine the
roles of caring teacher and inspiring research mentor.
- Living and learning.
To provide infrastructural support and residential
opportunities for campus life that encourage richer
and deeper social and intellectual engagement. To
develop an internationalized campus community that
is fully integrated into the undergraduate learning