The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2024
World Reputation Rankings 2023
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Established in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university dedicated to cutting-edge education and research. The University was founded with a mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching and research, particularly in science, technology, engineering, management and business studies complemented by humanities and social sciences, and to assist Hong Kong's socio-economic development. In just over 30 years, this young and high-achieving University has risen with miraculous speed to take its place among elite institutions, climbing to the peaks of international esteem and receiving numerous honors and accolades.

HKUST ranks No.58 globally among 1,500 universities in 2023 and No.3 in the world’s top 400 young universities in 2022 by Times Higher Education (THE). Our Schools also fly high individually. The School of Engineering is ranked No.26 in the THE World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology (2022) and No.3 in Greater China. HKUST Business School's sought-after Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program has also topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings ten times from 2007 - 2020.

At HKUST, we are committed to achieving excellence in education and research and to ensuring we contribute to solving the great challenges of our time, including sustainability, energy, healthcare, and more. Our research culture nurtures and facilitates collaboration and innovation, which is why our campus is a magnet for some of the best and brightest minds. Researchers at the University are encouraged to take a multidisciplinary approach, to explore and collaborate across scientific and geographical frontiers, and to engage with decision-makers, industry, and the public in pursuit of improving people’s lives. The diverse discoveries made by our researchers across the Schools of EngineeringScienceBusiness and Management, and Humanities and Social Science, and Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies have led to many ground-breaking additions to the global knowledge base as well as practical technologies and applications transferrable to the world. We frequently partner with leading industries, and support and facilitate entrepreneurship among our students and faculty. Furthering our mission of providing holistic education to our students, we welcomed the new Shaw Auditorium in the Fall of 2021. The venue is home to HKUST’s cultural activities and a new landmark for large-scale events, providing new flexibilities and possibilities to create a vibrant art and cultural scene at the University.

HKUST is well-positioned and will continue to enthusiastically support members to pursue curiosity-driven investigations in any discipline within our established academic scope. The University is motivated to facilitate mission-encouraged research and learning in response to numerous challenges and opportunities with great societal implications. We recognize that the success of such pursuits requires expertise across disciplines along with necessary institution-wide structures and resources. It is impressive that with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world, members of HKUST have stepped up and made numerous highly recognized contributions to help address the needs. Such societal missions can provide long-lasting satisfaction and substantial encouragement to our research and teaching scope. A primary focus of our strategic plan is the conceptualization and implementation of the dual support of both curiosity-driven and mission-encouraged pursuits, in systematic manners, through reimagined academic programs and structures. Clearly, increased resources and new physical infrastructure are necessary to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and to promote world-leading ambition to our entire HKUST community.

In September 2022, we entered a brand-new era of “HKUST2.0” with the opening of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST(GZ)), our state-of-the-art new campus in Nansha, Guangzhou. Under the "Unified HKUST, Complementary Campuses" framework, HKUST and HKUST(GZ) will forge together "HKUST 2.0", a blueprint for next-generation pedagogies that take advantage of the complementary academic structures and shared resources to nurture forward-looking and creative talents, as well as pioneer a new way forward in higher education.

Faculty Awards

2019 IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award
2019 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Science and Technology), The Ministry of Education
2020 Nick Holonyak Jr Award, Optical Society of America
2020 Marketing Science Institute (MSI) Scholars
2020 Fellow of The Optical Society
2020 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
2020-2021 AUA Scholars Award, Asian Universities Alliance
Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

All faculty awards:

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HKUST 

With our strong ties to global institutions and wide-ranging connections with Mainland China; our championing of interdisciplinary studies; a dedication to educating well-rounded, innovative and entrepreneurial students who flourish in today’s world; our role as a meeting point for the world’s top minds as crystallized in the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study; and our spectacular and inspirational coastal campus, HKUST is a key destination for students and faculty members seeking to achieve excellence within a supportive, multicultural and high-powered environment.

Going forward, HKUST continues to nurture future innovators, forge new frontiers, lead the way locally, nationally, and globally, and make a meaningful difference, under the guidance and directions defined in the HKUST Strategic Plan 2021-2028.

Schools, Programs Offices and Institutes

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 Admission for HKUST(GZ)

HKUST(GZ) is positioned to offer the same quality and standard of teaching and learning environment as HKUST. In line with the requirements of HKUST, we are recruiting high-performing students from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds, and with different interests, perspectives, abilities, and entrepreneurial spirit.  Upon the solid foundation of leadership in cultivating high-end talents and nurturing future leaders for the academia and industry, HKUST is now well placed to adopt an innovative approach through cross-disciplinary education and research at HKUST(GZ), to meet the needs of the ever-changing world.

For more information, please visit HKUST(GZ)’s Admission Homepage at


HKUST(GZ) Faculty Recruitment

HKUST(GZ) adopts the Hub structure which facilitates Cross-disciplinary Education, Research and Knowledge Transfer.

Below is just a partial list of research areas of HKUST(GZ). We welcome all talents from all areas of research.

Function Hub

  • Advanced Materials
  • Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Microelectronics
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment

Information Hub

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Media and Arts
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Internet of Things

Systems Hub

  • Bioscience and Biomedical Engineering
  • Intelligent Transportation
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Smart Manufacturing

Society Hub

  •  Financial Technology
  • Innovation Policy and Entrepreneurship
  • Urban Governance and Design
  • MBA+

Priority Areas

  • Urban Governance and Design
  • Center for Computational Science
  • Center for Technology Entrepreneurs
  • Synthetic Biology

For more information, please visit HKUST(GZ) faculty recruitment at

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HKUST

HKUST is dedicated to providing a diversified and international learning environment and is now home to over 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students spanning more than 80 countries over five continents. The University delivers high-quality individual and cross-disciplinary degree programs in science, engineering, business and management, the humanities and social sciences. Our stunning campus attracts an eclectic mix of bright minds, providing a stimulating intellectual environment. At the same time, our students have the opportunity to further expand their global horizons by joining the University’s extensive exchange program, which now includes over 250 partners worldwide. Early research opportunities with top academics at undergraduate level and leading research projects working alongside distinguished thinkers and global pioneers at postgraduate level give academic life at HKUST a dynamic and distinctive edge.


The student experience goes far beyond studying at HKUST. Along with knowledge, many multifaceted experiences and friendships await our students, whether from Hong Kong, Mainland China or overseas. There are a wide variety of activities organized by the university and the student societies to broaden and deepen students’ horizon. Various sports and recreation facilities, including the richly resourced library, are also available for enriching the whole-person education of students. .

An array of arts and cultural programs fosters creativity and draws students from different backgrounds together to learn about different world perspectives.  Our residential hall and diversified catering options, along with some spectacular sea views, provide good opportunities and ideal spaces for multicultural interaction and exchange.


The University offers a wide range of scholarships to attract and recruit high-calibre students with outstanding academic backgrounds or specialised talents from Hong Kong and around the world. Most scholarships are nominated by our Schools, Departments and/or the University Scholarship Committee. A small number are allocated on a competitive basis. In the 2014/15 academic year, more than 2,300 student scholarships and awards were awarded through the University.  


HKUST accepts online applications from those with international qualifications, JUPAS, Mainland JEE, or post-secondary qualifications, and students interested in our short-term visiting programs. For more information and requirements, please check here.

Undergraduate Admissions:
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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HKUST

The University comprises 22 academic departments and divisions, numerous research centers, and the pioneering HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. Our 690-plus faculty team comprises substantiation-track, teaching and visiting academics. Our five strategic research areas comprise big data and artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, entrepreneurship and design, environment and sustainability, and public policy. Learn more about our research strategy here.

HKUST aims to provide a dynamic and supportive working environment in which faculty and staff can continually develop intellectually and professionally. We undertake proactive faculty recruitment across all disciplines from around the world to maintain the vital input of high-calibre academics – the key pillar of our teaching and research excellence – at a time of intensifying competition for top minds among local and international institutions.

Faculty members have been elected to membership of the US National Academy of Engineering, US National Academy of Arts and Sciences, European Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Society of Chemistry, among other eminent international academic institutions. HKUST has a total of 42 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Nationally, in a single year (2011), HKUST received five State Science and Technology Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards in science and technology conferred by China’s State Council. In addition to the six Chinese Academy of Sciences academicians at HKUST, nine faculty members are included in the National Science and Technology Programs Expert Database. Locally, the University has consistently achieved the highest success rate in the Hong Kong Research Grants Council’s annual competitive General Research Fund exercise which reaches 45% in 2019-2020.

Benefits and services

HKUST strives to build the University’s reputation as an “employer of choice” and endeavors to create a workplace where faculty and staff feel motivated, respected, supported, empowered, and committed to success. Being able to share needs and aspirations is a key part of such a workplace and the HKUST Staff Association, which serves all faculty and staff members, provides an effective channel of communication between members and the University.

Faculty recruitment is currently undertaken by our Departments/Divisions. We seek to recruit outstanding scholars, from around the world and at all levels, who share our vision and mission. HKUST is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and has a strengthened remuneration package and a range of family-friendly policies in place.

Explore rankings data for The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Key statistics

  • 19.9
    No. of students per staff
  • 30%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 44%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 9,794
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • General Engineering
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
  • Social sciences

    • Sociology


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