News  | 18 Jul 2020

Why choose School of Science at HKUST? – Message from Prof. Tim Leung to DSE students


Hi, DSE students, I am Prof. Tim Leung from HKUST. While you are waiting for the release of DSE results, I would like to let you know more about the School of Science and some features of our undergraduate education.

There are several ways you can learn about HKUST. The easiest way is definitely through the ranking. It would be more important to know the rankings of different SCIENCE disciplines. We have only four departments and one division within the School of Science. They are Chemistry, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics and a newly developed Department of Ocean Science. Clearly, we are not doing everything. But whatever we do, we want to be the best. Because we are small, we are able to concentrate our resources on these fields. Therefore, we are ranked very high not only in Hong Kong, but also in the world. I am highlighting several subjects in the slideshow. Many of our subjects are ranked number 1 in Hong Kong and almost all our departments and divisions are ranked in the top 50 in the world. In case you want to know more about our cutting-edge technology and about science, HKUST is definitely your TOP choice.

Another way to know more about HKUST School of Science is through our research. Let me quote some examples to illustrate our excellence in the fields of scientific research and recent development. We have Prof. TANG Benzhong in the Department of Chemistry, a distinguished scholar who won many prestigious prizes. In the Department of Physics, we have several very nice professors. One of them is Prof. WANG Yi. His research is on cosmology. We also have another professor in the Physics Department doing very excellent research in cosmology and astronomy. We have Prof. George SMOOT with us. He won the Nobel Prize in 2006. We actually have a full-time Nobel Prize winner teaching and doing research on our campus.

Although we do not have a medical school, we have professors from different departments doing researches in medicine. Our former Dean Prof. Nancy YIP is doing Alzheimer's disease research. She received a nationwide research lab at HKUST. Meanwhile, we developed different devices to test COVID-19. Don’t think it was developed by professors from the Life Science Division. In fact, that equipment was developed by a professor in the Physics Department. That’s an example showing that HKUST encourages interdisciplinary research. The university encourages different professors to talk to each other, so as to explore different research fields in order to make a bigger impact.

We know that some of you may worry about what you can do with a science degree after graduation. We have collected these career prospects from previous years. Around 25% of our graduates will continue with a graduate degree. Some might get a master or a PhD offer from overseas. A science degree can easily open the world to you. With a science degree, you can easily apply to many postgraduate degrees in the world. For those who want to concentrate on a career immediately, we see graduates in different types of companies and different types of disciplines. Of course, the education sector is still one major choice for our students, but you can obviously go into the business field, the IT sector and engineering. Do not limit your career path by the major that you are doing as an undergraduate.

If you think HKUST is the best university for you to pursue a science degree, please be reminded to put our undergraduate programs in JUPAS Band A choices - the JUPAS catalogue number for Science (Group A) Program is JS5102 and for Science (Group B) Program the number is JS5103.

Join HKUST, one of the top universities in Asia, where academicians gather, educators inspire, creative minds thrive and young leader's bloom. You will grow in this vibrant and exciting community and you will fly high when you leave. I hope to see you at our campus very soon.

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