Hong Kong (HK)
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 2018
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 Provost of the University, tenable in September 2018. 

The University

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 postgraduate levels; and producing societal impact.  

The University comprises 4 Schools and an Interdisciplinary Programs Office and multiple research institutes / central research facilities with around 700 faculty members, and an enrollment of about 9,700 undergraduate and 5,000 postgraduate students.  English is the language used in teaching, research and administration.

Within a short history of 27 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 12th worldwide and No.1 in Greater China in the Global Employability University Ranking in 2017, and the 30th in the latest QS World University Rankings. 

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.  HKUST upholds the values of diversity and an inclusive and collaborative community.

The Role

Reporting directly to the President, the Provost shall assist the President in the latter’s role as the chief executive and principal academic officer of the University to provide leadership in setting the University’s overall academic strategy and priorities, and oversee the University’s core mission in advancing learning and knowledge. In partnership with the President and working in close collaboration with three other Vice-Presidents in their designated roles, the Provost shall provide vision and leadership in the University’s academic and education enterprise, including oversight of the Schools, academic departments, interdisciplinary units, and academic support services and programs; academic planning and resources management; academic personnel policies and their implementation; and student recruitment and development.  

The Candidate

The University seeks a visionary academic leader with outstanding academic stature, a commitment to academic and educational excellence and demonstrated ability to lead and manage a dynamic academic organization at a senior level with successful track record of strategic planning and development to assume the Provost position. The ideal candidate should possess a global perspective and a deep understanding of the higher education sector locally and internationally. 


HKUST is being represented by Korn/Ferry International (HK) Ltd in this search.  Applications/nominations with full details should be addressed to Mr Andrew TSUI/Ms Margaret LEE of Korn/Ferry International (HK) Ltd by email to  All applications and nominations will be treated in strict confidence. Review of applications/nominations will start immediately and will 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.

(Information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)