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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

About the University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a public research university founded by the British Hong Kong government in 1991 with a mandate to spur economic development in the region. Within a relatively short span of 30 years, HKUST has emerged as a center of cutting-edge research that attracts distinguished academics.

Situated on the northern end of Clear Water Bay Peninsula, the campus offers unobstructed panoramic views of the sea in a city known for its modern architecture and skyline. 

HKUST is considered a top university in Asia and has established itself as a leader in technology and research. The university collaborates with businesses and industry and has 52 research centers, more than 16,000 students, and 700 faculty. HKUST consists of four academic schools, offering science, engineering, business and management, humanities, and social science programs, and has applied research and public policy institutes.


About the Student Experience

The university provides a global learning environment with students from over 80 countries. There is an active student culture, with many clubs and organizations, athletic facilities, and opportunities for community service.

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The International Visiting Internship Student Program provides opportunities for international visiting interns to conduct research under HKUST faculty for two to six months.

Jianlou seen through Zhengyang Gate, Beijing, China

The International Summer Exchange Program brings students from partner institutions to take classes taught by HKUST faculty and explore the locale with local excursions.

Study Abroad in Hong Kong 

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Cornell Faculty Lead: Dan Luo

Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering, CALS

Dan Luo's research focuses on DNA and RNA as both generic and genetic materials. His lab explores real-world applications from biology to materials in diagnostics, pharmaceutics, protein production, drug delivery, cell culture, and optoelectronics.

Research Themes

HKUST has a research focus on artificial intelligence, urban governance, sustainability, and data science. Hubs provide a collaborative platform for thematic research areas based on Cornell's and our Global Hubs partners' academic strengths and local contexts. HKUST is exploring these research themes:

  • Big Data, AI, and New Media: HKUST's Big Data Institute was established to provide a decisive leadership role in big data and data science research based on the requirements of industry and society.
  • Sustainable Development and One Health: The Institute for the Environment fosters collaboration on interdisciplinary research to improve Hong Kong's and surrounding regions' environment. Under the Global Grand Challenges, HKUST is harnessing technology and innovation to address critical global issues such as COVID-19, chronic diseases, aging, natural resource conservation, and sustainable urban living. 

Learn About Hubs Research Themes

Seed Grants

New seed grants from Global Cornell and HKUST are deepening relationships between Cornell and its Global Hubs partners across the world. Learn more about the research projects. 

About Clear Water Bay

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Po Toi O village, Clearwater Bay Peninsula.

Located on China's southern coast, Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated areas, with approximately 7.5 million people occupying 426 square miles. Clear Water Bay is a major commercial port with two famous beaches. As a trade and business center, the city is known for having the most skyscrapers globally. HKUST is a large, self-contained campus on the eastern shore of the Clear Water Bay peninsula, separated from Hong Kong's densely populated areas. Hong Kong has an impressive range of wildlife, including one-third of the total bird species recorded in the Chinese-speaking world.

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Cornell China Center

Launched in 2016, the Cornell China Center (CCC), located in Beijing, facilitates research, partnerships, teaching and learning, and alumni connections throughout China. The center builds on a century of in-depth engagement between Cornell and China by hosting activities across a wide range of topics and serving as a dynamic hub for Cornell in China. 

The center has well-established relationships with top universities in Beijing and beyond, including Peking UniversityTsinghua UniversityChina Agricultural UniversityShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityWestlake University, and Zhejiang University.

About the China Center

Ying Hua

Cornell China Center Director: Ying Hua

Associate Professor, Department of Human-Centered Design, Human Ecology

“The Cornell China Center was built on a century of in-depth engagement between Cornell University and China, with many significant faculty, student, and alumni connections. We are committed to extending this tradition, bringing great minds together for meaningful collaborations to address critical challenges facing the world.”

About Beijing

Traditional Chinese bridge at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Traditional Chinese bridge at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

CCC is located in Beijing, the capital of China and one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back over three millennia. Located in Northern China, Beijing has 21 million people and is home to most of China's largest state-owned Fortune Global 500 companies. Combining both modern and traditional style architectures, the city is known for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls, and gates and has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.