Hong Kong (HK)
15 Sep 2017
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15 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites nominations and applications for the position of President of the University.  The successful candidate is expected to assume office in September 2018 or soon thereafter.

Founded in 1991 and publicly funded, HKUST is an international research university dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering, business & management, and humanities & social science; education of the next generation of front runners, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and producing societal impacts.

The University comprises around 600 faculty members, and an enrollment of about 9,400 undergraduates and 4,800 postgraduate students.  English is the language used in teaching, research and administration.

Within a short history of just over 25 years, HKUST has already established a strong presence in global higher education and received a number of international recognitions. Among others, it has been ranked Asia’s No.1 and the 2nd worldwide in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings in 2017, the 13th worldwide and No.1 in Greater China in the Global Employability University Ranking in 2016, and the 30th in the latest QS World University Rankings. Locally, HKUST has attained the highest proportion of internationally excellent research work in the past Research Assessment Exercise of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.

At the heart of the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and societal impact lies uncompromising efforts to recruit and retain the best talents globally and locally.  We seek to diversify HKUST’s critical mass of world-class academics, researchers, staff and students in order to drive cutting-edge education and research initiatives and deliver academic and administrative excellence.  The University promotes a diverse learning environment that enhances student development of their creativity, innovative thinking and global outlook.  Proactive faculty recruitment is undertaken from around the world in all its disciplines. The University also strives to become a powerhouse for innovation and entrepreneurship. By actively soliciting partnerships and funding sources, leveraging our different collaborative platforms in the Mainland, as well as providing effective linkage support and mentorship training for start-ups, HKUST aims to create a conducive and healthy innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes knowledge transfer to benefit the society at large.

HKUST upholds the values of diversity and an inclusive and collaborative community.  Housed in a hillside and waterfront complex, the University also boasts one of the most scenic campuses in the world. 

The President is the chief executive and academic leader of the University. The Council seeks to appoint an individual of outstanding stature who has the vision and capability to lead the University to achieve the next level of excellence.

HKUST is being represented by Heidrick & Struggles in this search. Applications/nominations with full details should be addressed in confidence to Ms Michelle Doo of Heidrick & Struggles by email to All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence. Review of applications/nominations will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

HKUST is committed to diversity in recruitment and equal opportunity employment.  Additional information about the University is available on the website.

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