The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university, which was founded in 1991. The mission of the university is to advance knowledge and learning through research and teaching and to assist society’s socio-economic development. In just over two decades, HKUST has risen with incredible speed in the global academic arena and has ranked among elite universities, showing their huge efforts dedicated to research and teaching. The vision of University is to be a leading institution with strong local commitment and significant international impact. The University has strong research culture that nurtures and facilitates innovation and collaboration, which attract some of the brightest minds all over world.

The University consists of four main academic schools, offering programs in science, engineering, business and management, humanities and social science, along with the Interdisciplinary Programs Office, Fok Ying Tung Graduate School and Institute for Public Policy.

Since its establishment, HKUST has consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. It had been ranked No. 1 in Asia for three consecutive years between 2011 and 2013, by the independent regional QS University Rankings: Asia. In addition, it was recognized as one of the fastest growing institutions since ranked No. 1 young university by Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2018 and No. 2 by QS World’s under-50 universities in 2018.

World Rankings:

University of Hong Kong’s Worldwide Ranking:

  • 37th in the World according to QS World University Rankings
  • 46th in the World according to Times Higher Education


QS World University Rankings by Subject:

  • 14th in Computer Science and Information Systems
  • 16th in Accounting and Finance
  • 16th in Business and Management Studies
  • 17th in Engineering and Technology
  • 22nd in Materials Science
  • 23rd in Chemistry
  • 23rd in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • 24th in Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • 24th in Social Sciences and Management
  • 26th in Statistics and Operational Research
  • 28th in Economics and Econometrics
  • 30th in Chemical Engineering
  • 41st in Mathematics
  • 48th in Natural Sciences
  • 50-100th in Environmental Studies
  • 50-100th in Anthropology
  • 50-100th in Physics & Astronomy
  • 101-150th in Biological Science
  • 164th in Arts and Humanities
  • 151-200th in History
  • 151-200th in Geography
  • 151-200th in Earth and Sciences
  • 251-300th in Education and Training
  • 330th in Life Science and Medicine

Research Facilities and Achievement

As a university committed to achieving excellence in education and research, HKUST has comprehensive research facilities. It has 9 Centralized Research Facilities and more than 10 School-centered research institutes. Moreover, HKUST has two State-Key Laboratories of China, one on Molecular Neurosciences and the other on Advanced Displays & Optoelectronics Technologies. HKUST’s research excellence topped the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 in Hong Kong. The University has many world-renowned scholars, such as such as Professor George Smoot, the Nobel Laureate in Physics (2006), Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, the Nobel Laureate in Economics (2010), and Professor Ching W. Tang, the recipient of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2011).

The Numbers and Figures

Number of Students:

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Funding (HK$M)

2013 – 2014


2014 – 2015


2015 – 2016


2016 – 2017




Term Dates in 2020-21

First term

2 September 2019  – 30 December 2019

Study break: 2 Dec 2019 – 6 Dec 2019

Winter session

2 January 2020 – 31 January 2020

Second term

17 February 2020 – 2 June 2020

Summer session

22 June 2020 – 15 August 2020


Term Dates in 2020-21

First term

1 September 2020 – 30 November 2020

Reading week: 12 Oct 2020 – 17 Oct 2020

Second term

18 January 2021 – 30 April 2021

Reading week: 8 March 2021 – 13 March 2021

Summer session

28 June 2021 – 21 August 2021