HKUST has established a solid international reputation for high quality
academic research. We are consistently ranked globally amongst the top
institutions in our disciplines, and have made notable academic and societal
contributions in many areas. Building upon our demonstrated strengths in the five high impact areas previously identified in the fifteen-year strategic vision, we will continue to maintain our research vitality through proactive faculty recruitment, central equipment and research funding support, and strengthening support for focused strategic research themes.
   
  Initiatives:
  Establish a multi-prong approach to foster research excellence within and across disciplines, supporting individual curiosity-driven basic and applied research, and investing in a number of selective flagships projects in-line with our research focus areas and strategic developments.
     
  Undertake a multi-year research equipment renewal and upgrade plan, to ensure that our research environment continues to be attractive to new and existing faculty, and to be effective at supporting world-class research.
     
  Leverage on our Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) to advance our research agenda, integrating IAS activities into undergraduate and postgraduate education, and bringing together international experts of different disciplines for innovative thinking on globally important issues.
     
  Extend our intellectual strengths to government, industry and society, and strengthen our knowledge transfer efforts, in particular in the six new industries identified by the government, to further our impact regionally and globally.
     
  Extend our research base beyond Hong Kong through formation of international and regional partnerships and alliances, and capitalize on our presence and activities in the Mainland.
     
  Broaden the research components in our undergraduate education; in particular, develop the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program into a flagship program with increased student participation rate.