Events  Roundup

Warm Start for New Arrivals

Welcome receptions for HKUST’s new research and taught postgraduate students were held on 17 August 2016 and 27 August 2016 respectively to celebrate the start of their postgraduate journey and help with settling in.  These new members were greeted by senior management and various representatives of the University to briefly introduce language education, library services, counseling and career services. The get-togethers were concluded with tea receptions and breakout sessions for more in-depth discussions with fellow students and service-providing units.

Connecting Hong Kong PhD Fellows

A successful informal gathering for new and current HKUST awardees of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) was organized on 31 August 2016. The casual stand-up buffet luncheon attracted more than 110 attendees, including new and current HKPFS Fellows, faculty members, as well as administrative staff from different units. After a warm welcome from the Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, several HKPFS fellows went on stage to share personal experience in optimizing research and campus life. The event closed with an optional tour to the library introducing its facilities and an exhibition on “Transforming Lives through Research at HKUST”.

Hong Kong in the eyes of a global leader

A Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) Distinguished Lecture drew an appreciative audience on 13 October 2016 to hear the “Three Hong Kong Stories” of Sir CK Chow, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, a global business leader based in Hong Kong.  Through Sir CK’s sharing, participants learnt more about the economic, social and historical aspects of Hong Kong.  The audience had a very engaging discussion with Sir CK in the Q&A session and even after the end of the talk. The HKPFS Distinguished Lecture series encourages students to learn from, exchange views and network with prominent leaders in the community.

Introductory talk by Prof Charles WW Ng, Associate Vice-President for Research & Graduate Studies

Research Studies in the Spotlight

An information session on MPhil and PhD studies at HKUST was held at the Clear Water Bay campus on 11 November 2016, attracting some 300 participants. The event began with an introductory talk by the Associate Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, who spoke on the benefits of postgraduate research studies at HKUST. Current students and alumni from different programs then shared their invaluable experiences. Afterward, participants attended the breakout sessions to discuss study plans with representatives from various Schools and the Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

Student and Alumni Voices 

Jamie Tam

MPhil Student (Year 2)
Technology, Leadership and Entrepreneurship
“As an undergraduate, I majored in marketing, with a minor in entrepreneurship. However, I always wanted to extend my entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. Since undertaking the Technology, Leadership and Entrepreneurship program, I have co-founded two start-ups: a travel web app; and Pan-Asian Collegiate Entrepreneurs (PACE), a social enterprise that harnesses the entrepreneurial mindset in developing leadership skills in young people. I have found my MPhil experience to be all about self-discovery and learning what you want to do in the future.”

Langston Suen

PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering- Nanotechnology Concentration (2016)
Sonikure Technology Ltd Founder and CEO
 “My research at HKUST focused mainly on ultrasound technology for eye drug delivery applications. While there, I published articles in several high-impact journals and presented at numerous international conferences. In addition, a US patent was granted based on my research findings. In 2014, I founded Sonikure Technology Ltd to transform my research into a marketable medical device. I have received business competition awards at local, regional and global levels. Other high-profile accolades for Sonikure include winning a 2016 IET Innovation Award in the healthcare category, recognition as a Google Solve for X “Moonshot” project and being named one of the Kairos Society’s Top 50 Global Startups.”

Shingyu Leung

MPhil in Mathematics (2001)
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Associate Dean of Science
“I was educated at HKUST (BSc 1999; MPhil 2001) and UCLA (PhD 2006) and have been a Mathematics faculty member at HKUST since 2009. I found that undertaking research degrees opened up my horizons and showed me fresh possibilities. I was able to travel the world to meet new people and share ideas. I could experience different cultures and research environments. I now love what I do and am excited to serve my alma mater.”