The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2005 September)

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HKUST is a community of exceptional and diverse talent. Our faculty, HKUST is a community of exceptional and diverse talent. Our faculty, students and staff are united by their commitment to excellence students and staff are united by their commitment to excellence and intellectual innovation, discovering new knowledge and applying and intellectual innovation, discovering new knowledge and applying it to the world around us. That commitment has built our University it to the world around us. That commitment has built our University into a world-leading center of research and learning.

into a world-leading center of research and learning.

Researchers here add to the human dimension every day: Researchers here add to the human dimension every day: forging new avenues in neuroscience and biochemistry that forging new avenues in neuroscience and biochemistry that advance cancer research and help fight age-related diseases, advance cancer research and help fight age-related diseases, pioneering breakthroughs in nanotechnology that promise pioneering breakthroughs in nanotechnology that promise faster devices and cleaner energy, engaging with the community faster devices and cleaner energy, engaging with the community to foster education, technology and industry.

to foster education, technology and industry.

Our international cast of expert faculty and outstanding student Our international cast of expert faculty and outstanding student body have led us to unprecedented growth and successes, and body have led us to unprecedented growth and successes, and we continue to build on this foundation of excellence.

we continue to build on this foundation of excellence.

HKUST’s ambitious new strategic roadmap will take us into the HKUST’s ambitious new strategic roadmap will take us into the coming decades with innovative educational initiatives such as a coming decades with innovative educational initiatives such as a new Institute for Advanced Study. It also encompasses a new new Institute for Advanced Study. It also encompasses a new undergraduate curriculum where students take responsibility undergraduate curriculum where students take responsibility for their own learning through a unique and flexible academic for their own learning through a unique and flexible academic structure, integrated research and learning credits, mentor structure, integrated research and learning credits, mentor-ships and an enriched living environment that encourages fuller ships and an enriched living environment that encourages fuller and deeper social and intellectual engagement.

and deeper social and intellectual engagement.

The book of Great Learning, a Confucian classic, urges us to The book of Great Learning, a Confucian classic, urges us to always seek new knowledge and renew ourselves. HKUST is this always seek new knowledge and renew ourselves. HKUST is this catalyst for change, creating an academic model for the future. catalyst for change, creating an academic model for the future.

Building on excellence. Outstanding faculty and

high-achieving students engaged together in discovery: in

the classroom, in the research lab, and in the

commu-nity. HKUST is a catalyst for change, shaping future

knowledge, developing tomorrow’s leaders.

World Leading

Research

and

Learning

Paul Ching-Wu Chu, Pioneering Physicist

President of the University

Winner of the US National Medal of Science

Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Member, Academia Sinica

Member, US National Academy of Sciences

Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,

Russian Academy of Engineering, Academy of Sciences for

the Developing World

Founding Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity

First to discover commercially viable superconducting material

and to head the world's largest university superconductivity

research center

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Visionaries. Mentors. Instructors. Partners. Faculty

at HKUST combine prestigious academic careers at

the world's top institutions with experience at the

cutting-edge of industry and the professions to

create new ways of thinking. Their influence is felt far

beyond the University borders.

In Partnership with

the

Best Thinkers

MPEG-4

The fast motion estimation technique for effective video compression, developed by Dr Oscar Au, is recognized by the Motion Picture Experts Group as part of its MPEG-4 standard

Mathematics

Prof Jing-Song Huang was conferred

the State Natural Science Award for his fundamental contributions to research on group representation theory and harmonic analysis

Wireless

Prof Khaled Ben Letaief’s

contribu-tions to the analysis and design of high-speed wireless communication systems have been recognized with his election to Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Neuroscience

University researchers, led by Dr Hong

Xue, identified the world’s fifth gene

associated with schizophrenia, a major breakthrough in revealing the causes of the disease and identifying effective treatments

Nancy Yuk-Yu Ip, Trailblazing Neuroscientist

Head and Professor of Biochemistry

Director, Biotechnology Research Institute

Winner of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science and China State

Natural Science Award

Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academy of

Sciences for the Developing World

Croucher Senior Research Fellow

Discovered novel neurotrophic factors and neuronal signaling

mechanisms that have shed new light on Alzheimer’s and

Parkinson’s diseases

A passion for science led Prof Nancy Ip from Hong Kong to the A passion for science led Prof Nancy Ip from Hong Kong to the US and a PhD in Pharmacology at Harvard. After fellowships at US and a PhD in Pharmacology at Harvard. After fellowships at Harvard and Sloan-Kettering, she embarked on a trailblazing Harvard and Sloan-Kettering, she embarked on a trailblazing career with leading US biotech firms. That same passion brought career with leading US biotech firms. That same passion brought her back to Hong Kong, where she spearheaded the development her back to Hong Kong, where she spearheaded the development of bioscience at HKUST and throughout the region.

of bioscience at HKUST and throughout the region. 

As head of the Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI), Ip fostered As head of the Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI), Ip fostered extensive links with international academic institutions, launched extensive links with international academic institutions, launched research collaborations with leading scientists, established research collaborations with leading scientists, established critical scientific infrastructure and modernized research and critical scientific infrastructure and modernized research and development of traditional Chinese medicine. Under her leader development of traditional Chinese medicine. Under her leader-ship, BRI has become an internationally-acclaimed research ship, BRI has become an internationally-acclaimed research center lauded for its exploration of neurobiological processes center lauded for its exploration of neurobiological processes and identification of therapeutically important neuro-proteins. and identification of therapeutically important neuro-proteins. She promotes research and teaching excellence and continues She promotes research and teaching excellence and continues to play a key part in enhancing Hong Kong’s capabilities in molecu to play a key part in enhancing Hong Kong’s capabilities in molecu-lar neuroscience, through her roles as Head of Biochemistry and lar neuroscience, through her roles as Head of Biochemistry and Director of the Molecular Neuroscience Center.

Director of the Molecular Neuroscience Center. 

Nancy Ip is a world-renowned neuroscientist in the areas of Nancy Ip is a world-renowned neuroscientist in the areas of neurotrophic factors and neuronal signal transduction. Her neurotrophic factors and neuronal signal transduction. Her pioneering research contributes significantly to a better under pioneering research contributes significantly to a better under-standing of neuronal development, providing important clues in standing of neuronal development, providing important clues in the treatment of neuro-related disorders. She has won numer the treatment of neuro-related disorders. She has won numer-ous awards, holds

ous awards, holds 1313 patents and has published over patents and has published over 150150 highly highly cited papers in leading journals.

cited papers in leading journals.

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A commitment to discovery underpins basic research

at HKUST, producing pioneering work in new and

emerging fields such as biomedicine and nanoscience.

Diverse research interests offer opportunities for

students and faculty to explore groundbreaking areas.

The School of Science is placed among the top 5050in the world by The Times of the UK.

In a darkened laboratory, a group of faculty and researchers In a darkened laboratory, a group of faculty and researchers are uncovering the secrets of an invisible world. Manipulating are uncovering the secrets of an invisible world. Manipulating matter at the atomic level, they use incredibly precise instru matter at the atomic level, they use incredibly precise instru-ments like electron microscopes to create the building blocks of ments like electron microscopes to create the building blocks of a whole new universe.

a whole new universe.

Welcome to the world of nanoscience at HKUST, one of the Welcome to the world of nanoscience at HKUST, one of the University’s key research areas, considered by many to be the University’s key research areas, considered by many to be the platform for

platform for 2121stst century technology. century technology.

And HKUST nanoscientists are playing a central role in building And HKUST nanoscientists are playing a central role in building this platform. Prof Zikang Tang and Dr Ning Wang fabricated the this platform. Prof Zikang Tang and Dr Ning Wang fabricated the world's smallest single-walled carbon nanotubes in

world's smallest single-walled carbon nanotubes in 20002000 and and then discovered their superconducting properties. More world then discovered their superconducting properties. More world- -record breakthroughs by University researchers followed, record breakthroughs by University researchers followed, including a new class of electrorheological fluids ideal for trans including a new class of electrorheological fluids ideal for trans- -ferring energy and controlling motion electronically.

ferring energy and controlling motion electronically.

The University is developing a number of exciting nanomaterials The University is developing a number of exciting nanomaterials and technologies such as nanocatalyst environmental control and technologies such as nanocatalyst environmental control systems and high-capacity fuel cells, which offer significant systems and high-capacity fuel cells, which offer significant opportunities for commercialization.

opportunities for commercialization.

HKUST also hosts and spearheads the HK$

HKUST also hosts and spearheads the HK$400400 million R&D million R&D Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, supported Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, supported by the Innovation and Technology Fund. The Center has a by the Innovation and Technology Fund. The Center has a mandate to develop new nanotech products, enhance the mandate to develop new nanotech products, enhance the competitiveness of local industry and promote the economic competitiveness of local industry and promote the economic development of Hong Kong and the region.

development of Hong Kong and the region.

Zikang Tang and Ning Wang, Nano Explorers

have made huge strides in generating new knowledge

about the tiny realm of nanoscience, together with an

enterprising team of researchers

Environment

A new class of resonant sonic materials created by physicists at the University blocks low frequency sound, and will help create highway noise barriers and indoor soundproof partitions

Biomedicine

HKUST researchers developed an effective treatment against malaria by creating a new drug from artemisinin (qinghaosu) derivatives isolated from the Chinese herb

China Studies

The Survey Research Center pioneered the first general social survey of China, tracking the changing relationship between social structure and quality of life in urban and rural China

Discovering

Invisible Universes

Bioscience

Bioscientists developed enabling genechip technology for the identification, quality assurance, and standardization of traditional herbal medicines

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Across

Disciplines

and

Boundaries

Scholarship at HKUST is cross-disciplinary, breaking

down traditional boundaries in collaboration with

indus-try and the professions. The University is continuously

redefining its role as a research institution, responding

to new needs of society, new career directions and

emerging technologies, to ensure its relevance and

pro-vide answers that help shape our world for the better.

Biotechnology Research

Corporation

develops potential drug candidates into commercially viable drugs, creating critical infrastructure for biotech industry development in Hong Kong

Enterprise Center

The state-of-the art complex will enhance teaching and learning, and include facilities for applied R&D, tech transfer, professional programs, and partnerships with industry and business

Fighting Cancer

Researchers and industry partners study groundbreaking anti-tumor products for breast and prostate cancer, establishing the first pharmacogenomic database of the Chinese population

HKUST-WebEx IT Institute

pairs the world leader in real-time communications infrastructure for Web meetings with HKUST to develop the next generation online multimedia collaboration system

Faculty are conducting interdisciplinary research on Radio Faculty are conducting interdisciplinary research on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). By using a tag implanted with a Frequency Identification (RFID). By using a tag implanted with a microchip, RFID technology helps track assets, manage inventory microchip, RFID technology helps track assets, manage inventory and authorize payments. The University’s work in this field is and authorize payments. The University’s work in this field is delivering important advances to the retail sector, logistics indus delivering important advances to the retail sector, logistics indus-try and the global business marketplace.

try and the global business marketplace.

The University has joined forces with Microsoft Research Asia The University has joined forces with Microsoft Research Asia and the Ministry of Education in the MSRA/MOE IT Key Lab. The and the Ministry of Education in the MSRA/MOE IT Key Lab. The first such lab in Hong Kong, it explores next-generation vision and first such lab in Hong Kong, it explores next-generation vision and graphics, wireless and networking, and mass information graphics, wireless and networking, and mass information management, allowing students and researchers the freedom to management, allowing students and researchers the freedom to engage in basic research projects while applying their results to engage in basic research projects while applying their results to the real world.

the real world.

Five years’ research by HKUST scientists and US-based biotech Five years’ research by HKUST scientists and US-based biotech firm Geron have culminated in the establishment of a joint biotech firm Geron have culminated in the establishment of a joint biotech company, TA Therapeutics Limited. The company is leveraging on company, TA Therapeutics Limited. The company is leveraging on HKUST’s bioscience expertise and Geron’s technology to develop HKUST’s bioscience expertise and Geron’s technology to develop telomerase activator drugs that restore the regenerative and telomerase activator drugs that restore the regenerative and functional capacity of cells, helping fight against age-related and functional capacity of cells, helping fight against age-related and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s.

HKUST is home to the largest concentration of researchers HKUST is home to the largest concentration of researchers promoting sustainable development in the Pearl River Delta. This promoting sustainable development in the Pearl River Delta. This work is of crucial economic value. The University offers advanced work is of crucial economic value. The University offers advanced teaching and research solutions in areas such as pollution abate teaching and research solutions in areas such as pollution abate-ment, waste and water manageabate-ment, and green materials produc ment, waste and water management, and green materials produc-tion. A new Institute for the Environment has also been tion. A new Institute for the Environment has also been estab estab-lished to conduct multidisciplinary research of global importance. lished to conduct multidisciplinary research of global importance.

IN THE PIPELINE

Howard Luong, Lionel Ni

and Chung-Yee Lee

have joined forces to develop

new RFID technology

Novel

Logistics

Technology

HKUST

Microsoft

Key Lab

Biotech

partnership

with Geron

Sustainable

development

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Into the

Real World

Integrating ideas, technology, management and

entre-preneurship, HKUST researchers turn discoveries

into real-world solutions . . . then apply them through a

comprehensive framework of support which includes

technology transfer, seeding and incubation of new

ventures, management and financial backing.

Clean Air

Researchers are paving the way for products that improve indoor air quality through a pioneering nanocatalyst-based environmental control system

Entrepreneurship

and tech transfer are promoted by HKUST R and D Corporation Ltd, which incubates faculty and student start-ups, and works with industry to commercialize research results

Structural Integrity

The design of many of Hong Kong’s buildings has benefited from the experimental work done at the CLP Power Wind/Wave Tunnel Facility, the first in Asia

College of Lifelong Learning

promotes continuing education in Hong Kong via highly interactive elearning programs that combine face-to-face teaching with online course delivery, tutoring and student support

HKUST is ranked 20 in the world for engineering and IT by The Times.

Displays are an indispensable part of our daily lives. We watch Displays are an indispensable part of our daily lives. We watch TV on them, interact with our computers via them . . . so not TV on them, interact with our computers via them . . . so not surprisingly, display technology has become a massive industry, surprisingly, display technology has become a massive industry, according to Hoi Sing Kwok, Professor of Electrical and according to Hoi Sing Kwok, Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Center for Display Electronic Engineering and Director of the Center for Display Research (CDR).

Research (CDR).

He should know. At the forefront of display technology for over a He should know. At the forefront of display technology for over a decade, Kwok developed and transferred technology that sits in decade, Kwok developed and transferred technology that sits in many of the displays we use today, from LCD watches to cutting many of the displays we use today, from LCD watches to cutting-edge HDTV.

edge HDTV.

Along the way, he has been granted or applied for over Along the way, he has been granted or applied for over 30 30

patents, set up his own firm, launched the careers of scores of patents, set up his own firm, launched the careers of scores of students, and created and built CDR into a world-leading center students, and created and built CDR into a world-leading center in display technology. The Center includes faculty from Electrical in display technology. The Center includes faculty from Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics and Chemistry, and develops and Electronic Engineering, Physics and Chemistry, and develops novel and practical technology including fast zero-bias LCDs (a novel and practical technology including fast zero-bias LCDs (a world first) and low-cost color LCDs using conventional TN fabri world first) and low-cost color LCDs using conventional TN fabri-cation processes.

cation processes.

Kwok also set up the Consortium for Display Research in part Kwok also set up the Consortium for Display Research in part-nership with industry, to boost recruitment of HKUST students nership with industry, to boost recruitment of HKUST students and create a channel for CDR applications to industry. The and create a channel for CDR applications to industry. The system works. "We've transferred display technology to at least system works. "We've transferred display technology to at least

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10 multinational manufacturers, and many are in the pre multinational manufacturers, and many are in the pre-production stage now," he explains. More technology is in the production stage now," he explains. More technology is in the pipeline as Kwok and his CDR team continue to translate their pipeline as Kwok and his CDR team continue to translate their research to real world applications.

research to real world applications.

Hoi Sing Kwok, Optics Wizard & Entrepreneur

Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Director, Center for Display Research

Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Fellow, Society for Information Display

Fellow, Optical Society of America

Developed first full-color OLED display on an

active-matrix back plane in China

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Integrating

Regional

Strengths

HKUST has taken a leading role in supporting educational

excellence, training and partnership with the Hong Kong

and greater China community, from world-renowned

scholarship in China studies to training the next wave of

academics, business leaders and innovators.

Global Young Leaders

HKUST Business School is an Academic Partner of the Global Young Chinese Business Leaders Forum, which focuses on the global roles of new Chinese business leaders

Nansha IT Park

in South China

nurtures high tech start-ups and expands opportunities for Hong Kong companies; a collaboration with the Guangzhou government and Fok Ying Tung Foundation

Academic Collaboration

with leading institutions in Mainland China including Peking University and Tsinghua University enhances exchange and development in a broad range of areas

Beijing Center

is a partnership with Financial Street Holding and Beijing International Finance Training Centre to provide international executive training to finance professionals

David Zweig, China Pundit

and Professor of Social Science,

heads a team of specialists who

are revealing new insights

on China and the world

The School of Humanities and Social Science ranks among the world’s55 best for China Studies.

A multinational force of leading academics is painting a dynamic A multinational force of leading academics is painting a dynamic new picture of China. HKUST's Center on China's Transna new picture of China. HKUST's Center on China's Transna-tional Relations (CCTR) focuses on the increasingly intensive tional Relations (CCTR) focuses on the increasingly intensive interactions between China and the rest of the world, shedding interactions between China and the rest of the world, shedding new light on these business exchanges, population flows, and new light on these business exchanges, population flows, and political and economic relations with other countries.

political and economic relations with other countries.

CCTR is a focal point for exchange and interaction among CCTR is a focal point for exchange and interaction among academics, business leaders and diplomats from around the academics, business leaders and diplomats from around the world. Driven by a dynamic program of conferences, lectures, world. Driven by a dynamic program of conferences, lectures, symposia and workshops, the Center collaborates with other symposia and workshops, the Center collaborates with other departments and industry, encouraging active research departments and industry, encouraging active research through grants, seed money and other support.

through grants, seed money and other support.

The team brings a diverse range of specialties to the Center. The team brings a diverse range of specialties to the Center. "We are in a unique position to study the country's significant "We are in a unique position to study the country's significant impact on the world, and the global forces that are having an impact on the world, and the global forces that are having an impact on China's development," says David Zweig, Professor impact on China's development," says David Zweig, Professor of Social Science and Founding Director of the Center. of Social Science and Founding Director of the Center.

Key international conferences such as the Transnational Flow of Key international conferences such as the Transnational Flow of Chinese Human Capital, a vibrant website and comprehensive Chinese Human Capital, a vibrant website and comprehensive virtual library make the Center's output readily available to all. CCTR virtual library make the Center's output readily available to all. CCTR was set up with support from the Chan Tseng Hsi Foundation. was set up with support from the Chan Tseng Hsi Foundation.

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Internationally expert faculty, vibrant exchange

op-portunities, rapidly growing international student

population and partner programs with the world’s

leading institutions place HKUST at the center of the

world stage.

With

Global

Achievements

HKUST Business School is ranked 6th globally by the Financial Times for its EMBA program (run

jointly with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management), first in Asia-Pacific for non-degree

executive education, 4444 in the world for its MBA program, tops internationally for accounting

research and best in Asia-Pacific for economics and finance research.

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30 hours to rescue a struggling biotech firm. hours to rescue a struggling biotech firm.

4 hard-hitting undergrads from HKUST's Biz School. hard-hitting undergrads from HKUST's Biz School.

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10 fiercely competitive teams from Wharton and other worldfiercely competitive teams from Wharton and other world-renowned B Schools.

renowned B Schools.

McGill University in Montreal, Canada. McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

CEOs and leading academics from the business world. Judged CEOs and leading academics from the business world. Judged twice, and by two different panels.

twice, and by two different panels.

Hit the ground running. “As soon as we got the task we started Hit the ground running. “As soon as we got the task we started brainstorming," says Mandy Lee. HKUST's intensive course in brainstorming," says Mandy Lee. HKUST's intensive course in case studies (required of all GBUS students) gave them an edge. case studies (required of all GBUS students) gave them an edge. The team debated on dissolving the company, but felt the firm's The team debated on dissolving the company, but felt the firm's technology, which could prove of immense value to heart patients, technology, which could prove of immense value to heart patients, was worth saving. After intensive research, they found a was worth saving. After intensive research, they found a venture capital firm in Canada and a strong market in the UK with venture capital firm in Canada and a strong market in the UK with its large numbers of heart patients. They prepared numbers, its large numbers of heart patients. They prepared numbers, divided presentation tasks and stated their case. By the second divided presentation tasks and stated their case. By the second round, they had perfected their presentation, and went in with round, they had perfected their presentation, and went in with confidence. Then they waited for the results.

confidence. Then they waited for the results.

Victory. The team blew away the panel with their strategic analy Victory. The team blew away the panel with their strategic analy-sis and rigorous recommendations. The judges were also sis and rigorous recommendations. The judges were also impressed that HKUST was the only team to identify the moral impressed that HKUST was the only team to identify the moral implications of the case.

implications of the case.

"Intense! but a lot of fun. We could really practice what we learned "Intense! but a lot of fun. We could really practice what we learned in our classes, like team-building and strategic analysis, and now in our classes, like team-building and strategic analysis, and now we have a network of friends all around the world!”

we have a network of friends all around the world!”

Champions

Global Case Study winners

Best of Both Worlds

Undergrads in Hong Kong

International Exchange

HKUST Business School runs Asia’s largest exchange program, in partnership with over

Partnering Excellence

Global Challengers

MBA students took center stage in Los Angeles, beating out challengers from top MBA schools all over the world to win the

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Council Chairman:

Dr John C C Chan

President:

Prof Paul Ching-Wu Chu

Enrollment:

5500 undergraduate

3000

graduate

Faculty:

450

Degrees Granted:

Diploma, BSc, BEng, BBA, MA, MSc, MPhil,

MTM, MBA, EMBA, IEMBA, PhD, MD-PhD

Schools: School

of

Science

School of Engineering

School of Business and Management

School of Humanities and Social Science

Memberships:

AEARU, APRU

World-renowned sculptor

Anthony Stones shapes a portrait of Dr the Hon Sir Sze-Yuen Chung, Pro-Chancellor and Founding Chairman of the HKUST Council

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Alive with activity. The campus displays an ever-changing array of cultural, creative,

sporting and social faces, enriching the HKUST community with the annual Festival of

Arts, music, theater, performances by visiting artists, student athletics, club activities

and more.

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