Academic reputation is just one of the reasons why top quality postgraduate students should choose the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Being a young university with 25 years of history, HKUST is ranked 15th in the QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2017 – Engineering and Technology and has been No. 1 in Hong Kong for last couple of years. HKUST is also ranked No. 19 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of Top 100 Universities for Engineering and Technology 2016-17.
HKUST’s reputation lies in our striving for excellence in research, internationally recognized professors, comprehensive graduate programs in engineering, well-equipped research laboratories and facilities, as well as top quality students. HKUST is one of the most research intensive universities in Asia, where students are nurtured for new discoveries and technological inventions through rigorous research training.
HKUST has a remarkable track record in attracting research funds from various sources. Among all Hong Kong institutions, HKUST has maintained the highest success rate for the General Research Fund, administered by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, since its first competition in 1993.
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
Exceptionally qualified PhD applicants with excellent academic records may apply for a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship awarded by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. Successful candidates will be awarded HK$240,000 (~USD 30,770), plus a travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~USD1,280) per year, for three years. The School of Engineering at HKUST has been most successful among any Hong Kong institutions in recruiting the highest numbers of HKPF awardees in the last 8 years in a row.
Diversified Learning Cultures
Getting an opportunity to know and learn alongside people from different cultures is vital for preparing students for thriving in an increasingly diverse global society. As part of University’s concerted effort to create a diversified community, the School of Engineering is committed to recruit high caliber research postgraduate students from various parts of the world including Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America, fostering cultural competence and understanding of diversity. This will offer great benefits to every student by nurturing cross-cultural environment to the entire university.
International Internship Program
Students from institutions outside Hong Kong who wish to spend two to six months at School of Engineering to fulfill their directed research or internship assignment may apply for the internship program. Such visiting students will be admitted to an Engineering department, and they are required to take a special research project course but are not enrolled on specific programs of the University.
Overseas Research Awards
A number of senior PhD students will be selected every year to receive the overseas research awards. This attachment program aims to enrich students’ research experience and provide students with exposure to a foreign culture and environment, so that they can have a better preparation for their academic as well as career developments. The overseas research attachment period may range from two to six months.