HKUST hits top in Asia rankings

Local | Cindy Wan and Phoenix Un 2 May 2019

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology became the third-best institution in Asia this year, the latest Asian university rankings by the Times Higher Education show.

It moved up two spots from last year and surpassed the University of Hong Kong, which remained in fourth.

HKUST became the leading institution in Hong Kong as it scored higher in terms of international outlook and industry income, while the performance of other Hong Kong universities was steady in general.

A HKUST spokesman said the university was thrilled about moving up the rankings.

"It serves as recognition of our technology transfer efforts in driving fruitful collaboration with different stakeholders, including the government, industries and academia over the years," he said.

The spokesman also said the university's relentless efforts in garnering industrial support has attracted talent from all over the world, which has made it the most international university in the city.

HKUST is preparing to open a branch in Guangzhou, and its president, Wei Shyy, said last month that the campus in the mainland will open its doors in three years' time.

Earlier he said the Hong Kong and Guangzhou campuses would share teaching and administrative resources under the premise of financial independence for both campuses.

Some examples would be that a professor could be appointed to jobs on both campuses, and laboratories and courses on one campus would be open to students of the other one.

Meanwhile, the Chinese University of Hong Kong remained seventh in the rankings.

Hong Kong Baptist University slipped 15 spots from 55th to 70th, even though its overall score was higher than to last year.

The publication said this reflected keener competition among the universities in Asia.

For the first time, Tsinghua University in Beijing topped the chart on the Asia University Rankings due to its significant improvement in learning environment, research and international outlook.

Tsinghua University triumphed over the National University of Singapore, which was second.

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