Hong Kong is a frequent leader on roundups of best cities. In 2019, it was ranked 10th in QS Best Student Cities. For over two decades, Hong Kong has been ranked in the top three for economic freedom by the Heritage Foundation and is consistently ranked 1st on the Economic Freedom Index of the Fraser Institute.
There is something about this place — that’s unusual yet familiar, exotic yet welcoming — which keeps it high on many people’s lists of travel destinations. But Hong Kong isn’t just an amazing place to visit. It’s also an extraordinary place to study.
A Multicultural City Where East Meets West
Hong Kong is celebrated both for its tradition and cutting-edge modernity. It is a melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures with diversity in lifestyle and offerings. Professionals come from all over the world to work in the city, making it an unrivaled place for networking. Hong Kong is an international city where both English and Chinese are official languages and English is used as the medium of instruction in most of the universities.
An International Financial Center
Hong Kong’s tax structure, communications infrastructure, and status as an international finance center make it an attractive destination for established companies and plucky start-ups. Some are even calling Hong Kong the new Silicon Valley, which translates to exciting opportunities for graduates.
The unique position of Hong Kong means 24/7 access to the global financial trading cycle and connectivity with major financial hubs in Europe and North America. Hong Kong is also China’s global financial hub.
An Innovation Hub
The development of Innovation & Technology in Hong Kong is a government priority and existing tech companies are thriving. In fact, Hong Kong is an Asian innovation powerhouse. Startup development programs, incubators, expositions and seminars abound, offering a supportive environment to create and produce ideas and network with other movers and shakers. Hong Kong’s strategic location (the city is within a five-hour flight of half the world’s population) makes the city a mecca for tech innovators with work to get done.
The government strives to attract venture capital investment to Hong Kong and provides tax relief to encourage R&D investment. The close links between the city and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government support the development of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park. Moreover, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area provides wide-ranging career and networking opportunities.
A Springboard to the World
As the world’s fastest growing major economy, China has become a magnet for jobs and opportunities. Shenzhen, a major international electronics hub, is just 20km from Hong Kong and makes a great leaping point to travel on to Shanghai or Beijing — the promised land of 20th-century business. If you pick up some Mandarin while studying in Hong Kong, spending at least part of your career in this part of the world will be irresistible as Asia and China in particular become more important on the global stage.
Hong Kong’s location in Asia makes it a hub for seeing the rest of the continent, too. The city-state is just a comfortable flight away from Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea.
A Regional Education and Training Hub
Hong Kong has some of the top-ranked universities in Asia and across the world.
Academia in Hong Kong enjoys the same international profile as the business world: people come from around the world to study here, and English is common in the classroom as well as the corridors. Universities in Hong Kong have a similar system to the US and Europe. Studying here is as challenging and rewarding as you would hope and imagine — perhaps even more so.
One high-ranked university is the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Ranked 1st among the world’s top 350 young universities (institutions that were established less than 50 years ago), HKUST is a research-focused institution with a mission to impact the world and local community.
HKUST: A World-Class Institution for Research Studies
HKUST is home to excellent schools across the disciplines and highly regarded research opportunities at MPhil and PhD levels. The university balances rigorous education with vital research infrastructure (over 85 research institutes, centers and joint labs), providing support for new discoveries and breakthroughs to address society’s most pressing challenges.
The University provides strong knowledge transfer infrastructure and resources for students to achieve their research goals. These resources are carefully integrated into development programs that prepare students not only to complete research but to contextualize, collaborate, and act: a stepping stone into Hong Kong’s generous R&D environment.
HKUST is also renowned for its diverse student community and world-class faculty. Out of 5,800 postgraduate students, 75%+ are non-local students from 70+ countries and regions. Students are inspired by the outstanding faculty, all of whom hold PhD degrees from world-recognized institutions. The University is a perfect place to catalyze meaningful collaborations between students, graduates, the government and businesses within Hong Kong and beyond.
“Research life at HKUST is incredible,” says Charikleia Stoura, PhD Student in Civil Engineering. “HKUST provides all students with the necessary resources and equipment to conduct their research. Students can therefore concentrate on their research. That may not always be the case at other universities.”
The smart and sustainable new Guangzhou campus is a further statement of intent by the University. Establishing a presence in Guangzhou strengthens HKUST’s academic-industrial connections and will boost the knowledge transfer between Hong Kong and mainland China. Capitalizing on the well-established disciplinary foundation at the Hong Kong campus, HKUST(Guangzhou) will adopt a cross-disciplinary academic structure to meet the ever-changing needs of our global community.
Take Action to Pursue Your Research Goal
HKUST is now inviting applications for MPhil and PhD programs for September 2021 entry. The University provides generous scholarships for eligible students pursuing full-time MPhil or PhD studies, covering tuition fees, accommodation fees and living costs in Hong Kong. To find out more, download the prospectus and connect with HKUST.
Article written in association with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
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