A Truly International University
HKUST actively contributes internationally and our achievements have been widely acknowledged. International recognition is evidenced by HKUST’s consistently high rankings in worldwide and regional surveys. Overseas partnerships include collaborations with top universities and leaders of industry, while our extensive exchange program includes over 250 partners across the world.
A Vibrant International Reputation
Ranked top five in the QS Asia University Rankings for six consecutive years, HKUST continues to extend its partnerships overseas. HKUST has received recognition from major global publications including The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities, which featured HKUST as a case study of elite global university success in research. The University has also received coverage from major media outlets, including BBC, CNN, University World News, Financial Times, Times Higher Education and AEF, among others.
Through dedication and persistence, HKUST has successfully built an international reputation, creating a positive feedback loop between the university and the world. HKUST senior management regularly attends prestigious events to share insights with leading minds and address global challenges. In 2015, HKUST was the only university in Asia invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Switzerland to present an innovative IdeasLab on Merging Virtual and Physical Worlds.
Reaching Out Across the Globe
In addition to proactive global outreach and building relationships with top institutions, the leadership of HKUST also actively welcomes overseas representatives to discuss strategic collaborations. Senior representatives visiting HKUST for discussions have come from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of South California, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Imperial College London, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Utrecht University, the University of Virginia, and Paris Science et Lettres.
Education Beyond Borders
The momentum from these visits was sustained as heads of global universities paid visits to, and gained first-hand experience of, HKUST’s cutting-edge research and academic innovations and its dynamic campus life, and engaged in intellectual exchange at the school’s scenic seaside campus.
Expanding its global network encompassing more than 300 partners, the University continues to enrich the experience of students and equip them as future global leaders with entrepreneurial mindsets. HKUST presents students with the privilege of engaging in a triple-degree undergraduate program on three continents with diverse cultures as it launched the World Bachelor in Business with the University of Southern California in the US and Italy’s Bocconi University. A tripartite agreement among HKUST, the University of Virginia and Peking University provided holistic development for students through academic exchange and research collaboration. Through the University’s signature exchange programs such as International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), students gained internship and research experience at CERN, which champions particle physics with the world’s most powerful particle accelerators; MIT; and other leading global institutions.
Online learning represents another key global trend, and HKUST is a trailblazer as the first and only Asian university to offer massive open online courses (MOOC) and partnerships with both Coursera and edX to respond to the needs of the global community. Through partnerships with these global MOOC giants, the University is able to empower inquisitive minds who otherwise would not have access to HKUST’s unique, efficacious and interactive education.
HKUST maintains good relationships with Consul Generals with whom senior management regularly meets in Hong Kong to build important connections among academic, government, science and technology, and business leaders from across the globe.