Milestones

From its humble beginnings in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has grown to become an internationally recognized university that has left an incredible mark on the world. Here are some of the significant milestones in our three-decade history, and there’s still more for us to achieve in the years to come!.

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Opening of Shaw Auditorium to Promote Diversity through Arts and Culture

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Groundbreaking Ceremony of HKUST(GZ) in Nansha

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Groundbreaking ceremony of Shaw Auditorium.

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Opening ceremony of Tsang Shiu Tim Sports Center.

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HKUST signs collaboration agreements with Guangzhou Government and Guangzhou University to establish Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) (HKUST (GZ)).

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No.1 by the Financial Times for the ninth time.

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Prof. Wei Shyy was appointed as the fourth University President.

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HKUST was ranked 12th worldwide in Global University Employability Ranking, 1st in Greater China for five years in a roll.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No.1 by the Financial Times for the eighth time.

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HKUST held The Fourth Inauguration Ceremony of Named Professorships.

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Launch of the 25th Anniversary Book, Prometheus In The Sky, and final event of 25th Anniversary celebration event.

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Opening ceremony of Academy for Bright Future Young Engineers.

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HKUST was ranked 13th worldwide in Global Employability University Ranking.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No.1 by the Financial Times for the seventh time.

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HKUST jointly hosted with International Mathematical Olympiad Hong Kong Committee Limited The 57th International Mathematical Olympiad.

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In celebration of HKUST 25th Anniversary, 30 university presidents across Asia, Europe, China and North America attended the Inaugural Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit held in HKUST.

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HKUST celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

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HKUST held CMA Lecture Theater Naming Ceremony.

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HKUST hosted first Asian Physics Olympiad in Hong Kong.

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HKUST held The Third Inauguration Ceremony of Named Professorships.

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Opening ceremony of Cheng Yu Tung Building.

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HKUST was ranked 14th worldwide in Global Survey on Employability of Graduates.

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Kick off of 25th Anniversary Celebration by Prof. Steven Chu’s Distinguished Speakers Series Talk.

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Groundbreaking ceremony of Water Sports Center Phase 1 project.

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HKUST Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program enters its 10th Anniversary.

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The Hon Andrew C S LIAO, GBS, SC, JP was appointed the fifth Council Chairman.

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HKUST attained the highest proportion of internationally excellent research work in the University Grants Committee (UGC) Research Assessment Exercise 2014.

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HKUST was ranked 16th worldwide in Global Survey on Employability of Graduates.

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Opening ceremony of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute Building.

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Opening ceremony of the New Mr. & Mrs. Ho Ting Sik Visitor Information Center.

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HKUST held Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Naming Ceremony and Inauguration of HKUST Jockey Club IAS Named Professorships.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No.1 by the Financial Times for five straight years.

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Opening ceremony of Lee Shau Kee Campus.

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HKUST’s State Key Laboratory of Advanced Displays and Optoelectronic Technologies was established.

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“Photonic and Phononic Advanced Materials Research” and “Signaling Mechanisms Research in Neuro-disorders” were awarded as HKUST’s Area of Excellence by the University Grants Committee.

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HKUST was ranked Asia No.1 for third straight year.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No. 1 by the Financial Times for fourth straight year.
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“Stem Cell Strategy for Nervous System Disorders” and “Cost-effective and eco-friendly LED system-on-a-chip” were funded by the Theme-based Research Scheme under the Research Grants Council.

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Groundbreaking ceremony of Cheng Yu Tung Building.

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Opening ceremony of HKUST Shenzhen Industry, Education and Research (IER) Building.

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HKUST was first ranked Asia No. 1

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HKUST celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

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HKUST hosted The first UC RUSAL President’s Forum.

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Chow Tai Fook Cheng Yu Tung Fund donated $90 million to support the construction of HKUST’s new research and academic building.

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Construction commencement of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School Building in Nansha.

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HKUST’s first State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience was established.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No. 1 by the Financial Times for the second time.

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Prof. Tony F Chan was appointed as the third University President.

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The ground-breaking ceremony of the HKUST Shenzhen Industry, Education and Research Building.

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Dr. Marvin K T CHEUNG, GBS, JP was appointed the fourth Council Chairman.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was first ranked world’s No. 1 by the Financial Times.

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HKUST received HK$400 million from the Lee Shau Kee Foundation Limited.

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Opening ceremony of the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School with its research centers in Nansha.

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Prof. Stephen Hawking delivered the inaugural lecture for the Institute for Advanced Study.

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The University Library was named after Dr. Lee Shau Kee in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to the University.

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Fok Ying Tung Foundation donated HK$ 800 million to support university’s strategic development and its initiatives in Mainland China.

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The Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program was ranked world’s No. 9 out of 75 by the Financial Times.

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The University’s Institute of NanoMaterials and NanoTechnology was inaugurated.

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Dr. John Cho-Chak CHAN, GBS, JP was appointed as the third Council Chairman.

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Prof. Paul Ching-Wu Chu was appointed the second University President.

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Molecular Neuroscience: Basic Research and Drug Discovery' was awarded as HKUST’s second Area of Excellence by the University Grants Committee.

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HKUST celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

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HKUST developed the world's smallest single-walled carbon nanotube with a diameter of 0.4nm (nanometer).

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“Information Technology” was awarded as HKUST’s first Area of Excellence by the University Grants Committee.

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Dr. the Hon Sze-Yuan Chung, retired from the Council and was appointed the University’s first Pro-Chancellor. Dr. Vincent Lo became Chairman of the Council.

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The School of Business and Management was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

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The official launch of the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program.

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Prof. Chia-Wei Woo, President of HKUST, initiated the Association of East Asian Research Universities.

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Bill Gates talked about the future of the digital revolution at HKUST.

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HKUST was granted its first patent in U.S. for a technique of producing diamond film from polymer sources through laser deposition.

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HKUST held its First Congregation.

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A $118.7 million contract was signed with the HK Government to develop an Operational Windshear Warning System for the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok.

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HKUST held its official opening ceremony.

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The Senate of HKUST was established.

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HKUST Entrepreneurship Center was established.

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Dr. the Hon Sir S.Y. Chung, the Council Chairman of HKUST, triggered the first rock-blast at the campus ground-breaking ceremony.

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Prof. Chia-Wei Woo was appointed as the founding University President.

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The Hong Kong Jockey Club donated HK$1500 million to fund the construction of the HKUST campus.

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Planning Committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was formed.

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The third university in Hong Kong to be built was first announced by the Hong Kong government.