Announcements |
School of Science UG Corporate Video 2020

School of Science UG Corporate Video 2020

 

 

HKUST School of Science is where the region’s leading academics and educators reside. You will find the vibrant and creative setting here ideal for you to begin the journey of scientific discovery. 

 

To learn more, please visit:

https://science.ust.hk/academic_programs/undergrad_prog

 

If you have any enquiry about our undergraduate programs, please feel free to contact us.

Email: ugscience@ust.hk

Tel: (852) 2358 5065

 

Announcements |
HKUST Information Webinar - MPhil and PhD Studies

WHEN 
30 October 2020

 

TIME 
6:00pm – 7:30pm

 

The HKUST Information Webinar - MPhil and PhD Studies aims to share the experience of research postgraduate studies at HKUST and provide tips and useful advice to prospective students. 

 

Join this Information Webinar to learn more about:

  • the benefits you will gain from studying research postgraduate programs;
  • why choose HKUST to pursue your MPhil or PhD studies;
  • how HKUST research postgraduate programs will put you onto a promising path;
  • the latest development of HKUST(Guangzhou) and admission to Guangzhou Pilot Scheme; and
  • information about program, admission and scholarships.

 

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Fok Ying Tung Graduate School 

 

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Teaching and Learning |
HKUST Launches HK’s First Degree Programs with Extended Major

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) will introduce a novel academic framework “Major + X” as a new degree option for undergraduates.  Blending traditional programs with emerging hot topics such as artificial intelligence, this new degree structure not only offers students with greater flexibility, but also allows timely curriculum adjustment and better integration between existing and new knowledge to meet with the emerging need of the society.

Under the new framework, two new bachelor degree programs – Science (Group A)*  with an extended Major in Artificial Intelligence (“Science-A + AI”) and Engineering with an extended Major in Artificial Intelligence (“Engineering + AI”), will be launched in the 2021/22 academic year.  Students enrolled in the two programs will choose their major – such as Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Civil Engineering or Ocean Science and Technology from either science (group A) or engineering before the second year begins, while taking AI courses as an extended major. 

“New technology and knowledge are emerging at an unprecedented pace in this digital era, while it may not be the most effective to launch a new program on every emerging knowledge, it is essential to incorporate new knowledge such as AI into our system so students could make sense of such novel technologies in real-life applications.  Physics students, for example, would want to learn how to analyze billions of fast-disappearing data on particles with AI; while Civil Engineering students may wish to find out the most optimal location and materials for a project and its relevant risks with AI, this is why we launch the major + X initiative,” said Prof Lionel NI, Provost of HKUST. 

This major + X approach allows students to finish their study within a four-year timeframe with a well-defined study pathway, and graduate with a title bearing both the traditional major subject they selected, and the extended major X which covers emerging areas such as AI and probably data science, FinTech or digital media and arts later. 

“When computer science or Internet first emerged several decades ago, they were studied under traditional disciplines.  Eventually, computer science has developed into a standalone discipline, while Internet remains as a subject area.  Our major + X approach could offer more flexibility to our students, so they can seize the opportunities when a new area emerges, while also remain adaptable if an area becomes obsolete,” said Prof. PONG Ting-Chuen, Senior Advisor to the Provost and Chairman of the Undergraduate Admissions Subcommittee.

“Science-A + AI” (JUPAS code: JS5181) and “Engineering + AI” (JUPAS code: JS5282) have an intake quota of around 40 and 150 respectively for the year 2021/22.  Students of the two programs will be given priority in selecting AI subjects – both mandatory and elective courses, which comprise around 21 to 24 credits in total.  Students will also have to complete a capstone project on applying AI in the area of their major study. 

“HKUST has always been a pioneer in innovative education, we are among the first to realize interdisciplinary teaching, e-learning, introduce research opportunities to junior students and novel programs that meet latest societal needs.  We hope this new “Major + X” model would again, help us groom the right talent for this era,” said Prof. Ni, adding that the University will consider launching more programs under this new framework in the future.

HKUST will hold a Virtual Information Day this Saturday (October 17) on the University’s latest academic programs and admission requirement.  Interested parties can register in advance.

 

*  Science (Group A) major covers Mathematics, Physics, Ocean Science & Technology.

 

 

Research and Innovation |
HKUST Researchers Developed the World's First Sound-transmitting Glass Material

Glass is a sound-proof material, but researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have discovered a way which allows sound transmission for glass, opening a new horizon for the potential development of smart phones and other electronic devices that can function under water, while also offering greater flexibility to building design.

 

Using the theory of local resonance, a research team led by Prof. WEN Weijia from the Department of Physics has found that by crafting a structured pattern of openings in between glass panes, the sound waves’ mode of vibration will be altered, allowing sound to pass through.

 

The concept is similar to playing flute, where players can change the tone by adjusting the position of holes on the instrument.  The glass with inlaid cavities can also transmit different sound frequency through the adjustment of those cavities’ shape and size.

 

The finding, made in collaboration with researchers from Chongqing University and Shenzhen Fantwave Tech. Co, was recently published in top physics journal Applied Physics Letters.  

 

"The discovery overturns the concept regarding the use of glass in acoustics and provides a theoretical basis for new applications,” said Prof. Wen.  “If holes or openings in glasses are no longer required for sound transmission, manufacturers can design more long-lasting water-proof mobiles or electronic devices.  Interior settings which require both transparency and sound transmission - such as those of the bank teller counters or prison reception cells, may also find our technology useful."

 

As a renowned scientist in advanced functional materials, Prof. Wen’s discoveries span across microsphere and nanoparticle design and fabrications, soft matter physics, smart materials, metamaterials, electronic materials and microfluidics, many of which were eventually transferred into commercial products.

 

A thermal sensitivenano gel which he discovered in 2009 for example, has recently been applied in the production of a smart glass which transparency changes automatically according to the ambient temperature and solar radiation intensity. This automatic atomizing glass can block up to 70 per cent of the sunlight, effectively reducing indoor temperature by 5 to 8 degrees and minimizing energy consumption by air conditioning.

 

Sunlight-blocking glass has been a product made of well-known technology, but for installation on a building they all require power in changing opacity. The material developed by Prof Wen was the first one that allows glass to serve such purpose without needing an external power.  The smart glass is now deployed in at least 8 mainland cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong on facilities ranging from schools and hospitals to residences and exhibition halls.

 

Find out more on other works of Prof. Wen’s:
Homepage for Weijia Wen and his group

Student Development & Bonding |
Helping Hand for the Needy during Crisis

Before the third wave of COVID-19 outbreak hit Hong Kong in mid-July, Ryan FUNG Kei-Ning, an HKUST Year 2 business student, along with staff of the Salvation Army Integrated Service for Street Sleepers, used to go on evening outreach trips to bring food and daily necessities to the homeless up to three times a week; recently, he has had to cut the number down to one.

 

Knowing that homeless people are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus due to reduced health and medical support, Ryan offers support to help them off the streets.

 

“The disadvantaged have been hit really hard by the pandemic. Many of them who used to work in food and beverage have been laid off and can’t make ends meet,” Ryan says. “They have no choice but to live on the street.”

 

Even worse, the recent dine-in bans after 10pm have left many of the homeless people who used to seek refuge at 24-hour fast food chains with virtually no place to take shelter. Ryan then began to help the non-governmental organization (NGO), which serves street sleepers in Yau Tsim Mong district, compile a list of available community centers in the neighborhood that would allow them to stay temporarily during this difficult time.

 

On top of this, Ryan has also taken up the role of managing the organization’s social media page and finding ways to raise public awareness of homeless people.

 

Ryan began his internship at the NGO in July via participation of the Student Civic Fellowships, which HKUST Connect offers to give students opportunities for community service and personal growth. Student fellows work for six weeks to 12 months in an NGO or corporate social responsibility projects. This year, participating students showed their creativity and determination to continue their service despite physical limitations posed by the pandemic.

 

Used to aspire to a high salary career, Ryan has since realized that social value is more important than monetary benefits. “I work with many very experienced social workers and I am fortunate to be able to learn from them. While doing that, I also try to bring value to the mission wherever I could,” Ryan says.

 

Carina YIP Fung-Ting, a Year 4 biological science major who worked with the Chinese YMCA Chai Wan Neighborhood Elderly Centre, was also required to work from home. The arrangement inspired her to engage the elderly in innovative ways.

 

Given social distancing measures, elders who would normally spend their day at the center together now have to stay at home. So, she came up with the idea to share essential health tips about protection against COVID-19 through a series of five short videos explaining, for instance, how to handle masks while dining out and how to disinfect themselves when they return home.

 

“While the younger generations have no difficulty finding the right information online, the elderly may need some help. That’s why I came up with the idea,” explains the recipient of the Mrs Choi Ma Oi Kuen Public Service Leadership Program Award, which HKUST Connect offers to develop students' leadership skills and sense of social commitment through trainings, internships, and leading social service projects of their own.

 

Another video Carina produced was a step-by-step guide on how to make your own bleach for general household cleaning and disinfection. “We always hear about the 1:99 ratio, meaning mixing one percent of bleach with 99 percent of water. But how does one, let alone the elders, know how to measure it easily?” she asks. The videos she produced are shown on TV in the center and shared with the elders via their instant messaging platforms.

 

A long-time volunteer, Carina has worked with various NGOs since secondary school and carried on at HKUST. The pandemic has accentuated the need to reach out to the community by non-conventional means, she says.

 

“It brightens up my day to see people happy, so even though I may not be able to see the elders in person at the moment, I still love spreading joy around – only that it has to take a whole new medium,” she says.

Announcements |
HKUST Virtual Information Day for Undergraduate Admissions

WHEN 17 October 2020

 

TIME 12:00pm - 8:00pm

 

HKUST Virtual Information Day for Undergraduate Admissions is scheduled on October 17 (Saturday) from 12 NN to 8 PM (Hong Kong time). Themed “Dare to Dream, Ready to Achieve”, this online event offers you the opportunity to learn more about our admissions activities and life at HKUST.
 

Below are the highlights you can look forward to at our Virtual Information Day:

  • Have individualized consultation with our Admissions representatives.
  • Join our live admissions talks and student-sharing sessions, and get answers to your questions straight from our HKUST faculty, admission officers and students.
  • Visit our virtual booths and receive information materials on your Department or programs of interest.
  • Watch videos featuring the student life and community that define HKUST.
  • Explore the university through our Campus 360 virtual tour.
     

Students, parents and teachers are welcome to join! Do not miss the opportunity to learn more about the world-leading undergraduate programs at the world’s top young university. 

 

Please visit https://join.ust.hk/vinfoday for details and registration.

 

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Arts & Creativity |
Recognizing Talents in Arts and Diversity

HKUST’s emphases on science and technology disciplines does not deter artistic talents from pursuing their studies and interests in creative endeavors. The University offers a wide range of scholarships to honor students also for their outstanding non-academic achievements.

 

For Exodus SIT, one of eight recipients of the Tin Ka Ping Scholarship (Arts), HKUST’s coastal, suburban location not only is a beautiful university to pursue his undergraduate studies, but is also strategic to pursue his greatest interest - stargazing.

 

Read another related article: Picture Perfect Balance for Student Life

 

During his four years majoring in Mathematics, Exodus led the Student Astronomy Club, strived to teach popular science on social media, and actively participated in international astronomy organizations.

 

But the astronomy buff isn’t only into science, he is also a music lover who plays multiple instruments. Last summer, in combining his two interests, he sent a Cantonese song called “Deep Sky Objects” that he composed to the edge of outer space through a music player mounted on a high-altitude balloon.

 

The title of the song refers to the stars that can only be seen in dark skies. “I wrote the song to tell people that we have to protect the night sky from excessive light for us to see stars in the clear sky,” he says.

 

“I always try to find new ways to inspire people to learn more about astronomy and science in general. Since I play music, I thought I’d try and merge the two,” he says. “It turns out music is a wonderful vehicle for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education.”

 

His “out of this world” achievements and “out of the box” creativity earned him the Arts Scholarship. Tin Ka Ping Scholarship was offered for the first time last year to encourage students to broaden their exposure, unleash their potentials and chase dreams.

 

Exodus says the Scholarship not only recognizes students’ artistic achievements, but a vivid demonstration of the University’s effort in helping students attain all-round development. “Science or arts, it goes back to the heart of education. In fact, in the old days, Renaissance astronomists had to be well-versed in the arts, philosophy, and science.”

 

Read another related article: Keeping Eyes On the Target

 

The Arts Scholarship is one of many other non-academic scholarships the University has set up to attract freshmen with diverse talents. One of which is Diversity Scholarship, for students who are “making substantial contribution to and impact on the student body or society at large”, among other criteria.

 

Alexis YIP, a Global China Studies graduate of 2020, was a recipient of the Diversity Scholarship for her dedication to the establishment of Rainbow Bird, the first LGBTQ+ support group established at the University, with two other students when she was in Year 2. The idea was to raise awareness about LGBTQ-related issues and provide peer emotional and social support to HKUST community members who are concerned about their sexual and gender identity.

 

“We formed the group because we felt students needed the support. We wanted to let everyone at the University know ‘you are safe and free to speak your mind here’,” she recalls. She also set up an art exhibition to break down stereotypes about LGBTQ people, reflecting her commitment to the University’s core values of Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Respect.

 

Besides the Diversity Scholarship, Alexis was also awarded last year the Stephen Cheong Kam-chuen Medal for Distinguished Service to the Student Body, which recognizes students who best exemplify the qualities of caring, constructive, and dedicated leadership during studies.

 

“I think of true inclusivity as people seeing each other as fellow human beings and not treat some people differently based on race, sexual orientation, disability, or mental capability,” she says. “I’m hopeful we are going in the right direction in creating an inclusive environment.”

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your achievement being recognized like Exodus and Alexis! Check out the list of scholarships available for all students here.

 

Research and Innovation |
The Science behind COVID-19 Testing

By Prof. Jason Chan, Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Chemistry

Resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong once again left us all worrying about our safety in the midst of the global pandemic. Laboratory tests for the coronavirus is our essential frontline defence to identify infected persons for treatments and isolation. In this article, let’s take a look at the science behind how testing for the novel coronavirus is carried out.

To receive testing, a deep throat saliva sample will be collected and sent to the laboratory for screening to see whether it contained the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The screening test is based on One-step Reverse Transcription Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR). To appreciate how the test works, we need to break it down into smaller parts.

 

1. Reverse Transcription (RT)

Our genetic information is stored and encoded in the sequence of four bases (A, T, C, G) on a polymer chain called DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Different stretches of these bases would encode for amino acid sequences of our proteins.

When our body needs to manufacture a certain protein, it would start by making a copy of the genetic codes to use as the transient storage. The cell chooses to write this transient copy in RNA (ribonucleic acid). The RNA copy of the gene is known as messenger RNA (mRNA). This process of forming mRNA from the DNA is known as transcription.

RNA viruses use RNA instead of DNA to store their genetic information. Some of them use their viral RNA directly as mRNA inside a host cell(such as SARS-CoV-2), while others (such as HIV viruses) convert their RNA into DNA once they enter a host cell to allow them to insert their viral sequences into the host’s DNA genome and trick the host to make copies of the virus. This process of making a DNA copy from RNA is the reversal of transcription, known as reverse transcription. RNA viruses have an enzyme called reverse transcriptase that carries out this reaction and the DNA produced from the RNA in this way is called complementary DNA (cDNA). cDNA is needed for the next step, PCR, as the template material.

 

2. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

The PCR reaction produces millions of copies of a target segment of DNA from even a single copy. This amplification of DNA sequence can provide scientists with sufficient amounts of DNA materials allowing them to study and work with them, such as to check if a match is present with a viral sequence.

The PCR reaction mixture contains at least these key components:

  • template (the original DNA material from which copies are made)
  • heat-stable DNA polymerase (an enzyme to make DNA copies)
  • two short DNA pieces called primers (to mark the start and end of the target section)
  • the substrates for making new DNA chains (dNTPs)
  • magnesium salt (Mg2+ is a co-factor for the polymerase)
  • buffers (to maintain optimal pH for the enzyme).

This mixture is placed into a small plastic tube and into a thermocycler that would subject the mixture to cycles of the two key temperatures: 95 oC (3 sec) and 55 oC (30 sec).

At 95 oC, the template, in our case, the double-stranded cDNA from reverse transcription step would separate into two single strands. This step is called denaturation.

Then upon cooling to 55 oC, two DNA primers which are specific to SARS-CoV-2 sequences would now try and find complementary sequence to pair up with. If the cDNA from the virus is present, they will find the sequence and bind with it. This step is called annealing. Once the primers annealed with the correct sequence, DNA polymerase enzymes would also build new DNA copies during this period. This step is called extension. After this step, we would end up with two DNA strands from only one that was started with.

When the temperature is returned to 95 oC for the next cycle, the extension would stop as the newly formed double-stranded DNAs separate into single strands. They will be ready to act as templates when they hit 55 oC.

With each cycle being repeated, the number of DNA strands present would be doubled, such that after 45 cycles, there will be up to 245 copies of the target the DNA present.

 

3. Real-time or Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

One inconvenience for the usual form of PCR is there’s no way to know if the reactions are working well until all cycles are completed and you run a test to check the products. Scientists developed a modified version of PCR that allowed them to monitor the PCR reaction in real time as copies are being made. This is called real-time PCR or quantitative PCR. This is achieved by adding a DNA probe that has complementary sequence to a short region within the target gene. This probe contains two features: a reporter fluorescent dye (FAM) capping one end and a quencher unit (BHQ1) at the other end. When both ends are attached together on the probe, the quencher prevents the fluorescent dye from glowing and giving any signals.

During the annealing step, the probe would bind onto the template strand and the polymerase would eventually reach that position during chain extension. At this point, the polymerase would cleave off the fluorescent reporter from the probe, and fluorescence can be observed under UV light. Measuring the intensity of fluorescence signal gives us a way to tell if the PCR is going well within the tubes.

 

4. One-step RT-qPCR

Mucus samples collected from the deep throat of patients suspected of infection may contain the coronavirus and the viral RNA can be detected by a RT-qPCR reaction.

The first step is to convert the RNA in the viruses into cDNA by reverse transcription. The cDNA is then used for qPCR reaction in the next step.

Traditionally, one would have to extract the cDNA from reverse transcription (RT) before adding that into the qPCR reaction mixture. This two-step procedure is slow and tedious. In one-step RT-qPCR, these two steps have been combined into a one-pot reaction, which increased efficiency greatly. Temperature alone can control RT or qPCR steps.

In this article, we described the original protocol developed by CDC. Improved procedures have since been developed that would provide higher sensitivity (e.g. SYBR® Green probes).

 

5. Control experiments

The reliability of COVID-19 tests is of paramount importance. After all, no one would want to be falsely diagnosed with it (called false positive). On the other hand, it would pose a great danger to the public if the infected were mis-diagnosed as negative (called false-negative).

RT-qPCR tests are not fail-proof and it is possible to mess up at the various stages of the test. To prevent errors from creeping in, a set of control experiments are included to ensure each stage of the test is working as planned.

The first stage is the extraction of nucleic acids from the patient’s specimen. To check this has been done well, a human specimen control sample is included in the test kit. Both of these samples are needed to be tested positive for the presence of a common human gene (RNase P gene)./p>

Next, a sample of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid sequences are included in the test kit. They are used as positive controls. These control samples need to be tested positive to ensure the RT-qPCR is functioning properly. Additionally, a negative control is also done that contains no biological sample and that should give negative results to all the tests.

A unanimous confirmation is only given when a patient’s sample is tested positive for not one, but three segments of sequences that are specific to SARS-CoV-2 and all the control experiments showed their expected results.

 

Let us not forget to thank all the laboratory workers for their hard work in providing us with reliable screening tests! Should you feel unwell with even the slightest symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange for a screening test at a private or government clinic at the earliest instance!

Research and Innovation |
HKUST Researchers Uncover Chemo-resistance Mechanism in Glioma Patients

An international research team co-led by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Beijing Neurosurgical Institute, and the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) has discovered a mechanism that explains why patients of gliomas – a common and aggressive type of brain tumors, would develop chemo-resistance, potentially allowing early identification of drug-resistant brain cancer patients.

 

At present, the main treatment for glioma is a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and the chemotherapy agent temozolomide (TMZ).  This type of treatment can usually prolong patients’ overall survival time. However, most of them would suffer a relapse and some would become resistant to TMZ. 
 

Read more about relevant research:
HKUST Scientists Discover How RNA Polymerase II Maintains Highly Accurate Gene Transcription with High-Performance Computing

 

To understand why, the research team at the Wang Genomics Lab, led by Prof. WANG Jiguang, Assistant Professor at HKUST’s Division of Life Science and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, computationally analyzed a large cohort of the TMZ-treated recurrent tumors consisting of both publicly available cases and those collected by the team led by Prof. JIANG Tao from the Beijing Neurosurgical Institute, and found that there were translocations of chromosome 10 in some of these recurrent tumors. The team at CNIO validated the biological function of the genetic rearrangement using cancer cell lines and animal models.

 

The translocations significantly promoted the expression of a gene called MGMT, which repairs the main TMZ-induced DNA damage in cancer cells, causing treatment failure. The study has also found that such translocation only present in recurrent tumors, indicating that the resistance may occur as a consequence to the treatment itself.

 

“We hope the discovery of this mechanism would help develop a method for early detection of drug resistance and assist doctors in deciding whether the patient should continue be treated with TMZ,” said Prof. Wang.  “While it’s true that other drug options for gliomas are currently very limited, I hope this discovery could help develop a rapid test for chemo-resistance, so precious time could be saved for patients who may otherwise be undergoing ineffective treatment.”

 

Dr. Massimo SQUATRITO, who led the team at CNIO, added that the next step would be to identify novel treatment intervention for TMZ-resistant patients. 

 

The study was recently published in top scientific journal Nature Communications.

 

Find out more on other works of Prof. Wang’s:
HKUST Researchers Discover Mutation Route That Helps Find New Therapeutic Lead for Deadly Brain Cancer Patients

Announcements |
School of Science offers 2019 Admission figures for JUPAS applicants to make reference to HKUST’s Science program

2019 Admission Scores for JUPAS applicants [For reference]

 

2020 Admission Score (SSCI-A/SSCI-B/IRE) 

 

JUPAS score calculation for SSCI-A (JS5102) and SSCI-B (JS5103)

Teaching and Learning |
Jump-starting Your Research Career – The Stories of Two International Research Enrichment (IRE) Students

Achieving top scores of 5** in seven subjects in Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination, Katherine LAI Man-Wai was unsurprisingly accepted by two international elite universities. But Katherine chose to study the International Research Enrichment (IRE) Program at HKUST. What led Katherine to opt for IRE Program to attain her goal of research career in science?

Another IRE student Dicky WONG Tak-Hin has been undertaking a research internship at the pioneering research university ETH Zurich since February. Dicky follows the world-renowned organic chemist Prof. Erick CARREIRA to conduct research into cancer drugs. What has driven him to devote to organic chemistry research? With already three years of experience in studying IRE Program and in leading-edge international research, how does Dicky think about scientific research? Read this article to learn more:
http://www.ust.hk/news/teaching-and-learning/jump-starting-your-research-career

 

The IRE Program Director cum Associate Dean of Science, Prof. LEUNG Pak-Wo, was also interviewed. He precisely described the distinctive features of IRE Program, and also offered valuable and practical advice to students who want to explore science at tertiary education.

 

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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 how you can learn about HKUST. The easiest way is definitely through the ranking. And 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 division, 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 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 got 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.

As 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 to 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 leaders bloom. You will grow in this vibrant and exciting community and you will fly high when you leave. Hope to see you at our campus very soon.

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