30th Anniversary

Over the last three decades, with our unyielding efforts in driving excellence, pursuing innovation, and forging partnerships, we have taken business education to new heights. As we mark the School’s 30th anniversary, let’s review some key developments and achievements.

A Founding Vision

Against all the odds, Professor Woo Chia-Wei and his colleagues established a remarkable university in Hong Kong. Here, Professor Woo talks about the founding of HKUST.


Leading by Example

A world-class scholar with an exemplary track record in university administration, Professor Nancy Ip’s tenure as the fifth president of HKUST begins as the University turns a new chapter in its history, marked by the ‘HKUST 2.0’ mission and the launch of the Guangzhou campus.


Shaping the Future

Business education must provide future leaders with the capacity to deal with change, business leaders say.


Facing the Future

Antony Leung, former Financial Secretary, and former Chairman of the Education Commission and UGC, thinks that the future of education in Hong Kong is bright, and business education needs to focus on helping students prepare for an increasingly VUCA world.


Mission Possible

Accreditation systems help institutions foster international partnerships, and this can increase their impact on society.


The Path to Excellence

Deans of the HKUST Business School, past and present, reflect on many years of achievement.


Families bond via the University experience

HKUST Business School is home to families who have created bonds through academia.


Three Decades of Making Impact

The Business School has reached a huge number of milestones and achievements during its first 30 years, showcasing a remarkable story of academic excellence and brilliant human achievements.


Cutting-edge Research Promotes City’s Transformation into Fintech Hub

HKUST Business School’s Fintech Research Project has been instrumental in promoting Hong Kong’s fintech development.


Creating Global Impact with Business Case Studies

The Thompson Center for Business Case Studies enhances the global awareness of business practices in Asia.


Advancing Asian Family Business Research

The Roger King Center for Asian Family Business and Family Office enables academics, practitioners, and policymakers to gain a deeper understanding of Asian family businesses


Towards a Green Finance Center

The Business School’s Green Finance Research Project aims to boost Hong Kong’s status as a leading green finance center.


Recognition in Real-World Impact Adds to String of Accolades

HKUST among the top business schools for real-world impact — three years in a row.


Over the last three decades, with our unyielding efforts in driving excellence, pursuing innovation, and forging partnerships, we have taken business education to new heights. As we mark the School’s 30th anniversary, let’s review some key developments and achievements.

HKUST Business School in Time

The Business School used to be housed at the main campus of HKUST, and its classrooms were spread over a few different locations. To cope with the increase in student population resulting from the introduction of the four-year curriculum, the Lee Shau Kee Business Building, a purpose-built structure offering technologically advanced facilities, opened its doors in 2013. The building houses all the School’s academic departments and programs under one roof atop the HKUST main campus. Its dining facilities, lecture halls and learning commons provide a comfortable cutting-edge environment for learning.

An Experience Like No Other - Undergraduate Programs

Catering to over 3,700 students from an exceptionally wide range of academic, cultural and social backgrounds, our bespoke undergraduate programs are unique. We offer an extensive selection of programs, so students can pick the curriculum that best suits their needs, and thereby realize their full potential. Our undergraduate degrees offer a broad range of study options, including joint-discipline programs, which promise exceptional global and business exposure.


Be the Best to Beat the Rest - World Bachelor in Business program

The World Bachelor in Business (WBB) program is a unique learning opportunity that allows students to access three top business schools to get the very best out of their business education. The WBB program is like no other. It is the only undergraduate program that enables students to graduate with three degrees from three top world-class universities. By utilizing cutting-edge teaching methods, and with an emphasis on cultural immersion and real-world experiences, graduates enter the workplace as global citizens fluent in international business practices. The curriculum is deeply committed to developing global leaders with an international outlook and a strong emphasis on critical thinking. Unlike conventional academic programs, the emphasis is on cultivating students’ independence, resilience, and maturity as well as fostering a bold sense of ambition.


A World-Class Experience for High-Flyers - The Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA

The Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA is a one-of-a-kind program that delivers the best in business education for executives and business leaders. Ranked number one in the world ten times by Financial Times, the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program is a unique partnership between the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the US, and HKUST. The unique selling point is that the curriculum marries Western perspectives to Asian insights.


Preparing for the Future - HKUST EMBA

The HKUST EMBA program is designed specifically for Chinese-speaking executives and entrepreneurs from industries in Greater China. It gives executives from Greater China global management perspectives to help them navigate various industries at home. The program prepares participants for leadership in an ever-changing world by providing a unique bilingual education, coupled with cuttingedge research, knowledge, and case-studies that connect the East and West. By fostering global perspectives, the program serves as a foundation for leaders to hone their leadership skills. The program also inspires creativity and entrepreneurship skills which enable leaders to analyze the innovative models of international companies to discover new opportunities.


Fast-Tracking Careers via Business Technology - MBA

HKUST’s MBA Program is innovative and one-of-a-kind. It is where business meets technology to shape the leaders of the future. The MBA Program at HKUST is for professionals looking for an international business education focused on Asia. Via its unique Business Technology and Analytics track, optional MBA exchange program, short global programs, students are guaranteed the opportunities to develop a global vision and up-to-date business insights that will help them navigate a technology-driven world. In a first, it is also home to the Digital MBA Global Leaders Program, which utilizes the first virtual classroom in Asia to recreate a highly engaging learning environment. This enables students to develop their global business acumen, digital competencies, and leadership prowess in a rich academic setting.


Nurturing a Passion for Business Research - PhD Programs

Boasting a vibrant and lively community, the PhD programs at the HKUST Business School capitalize on its strengths in science and technology to prepare students for a lifelong career in teaching and research at universities, research institutes, and governmental or business organizations. The research-oriented programs cover eight key areas, including accounting, economics, finance, information systems, operations management, business statistics, management, and marketing. With guidance and support from eminent faculty members, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests and drive their own projects to embark on an exciting and challenging journey of knowledge and discovery.


Be a Specialist in Your Field - MSc Programs

The HKUST MSc programs offers a wide range of specialized educational disciplines that are designed to meet global demands for professionally trained business executives. With ten standalone programs in specialized business fields, each of the programs is designed with student and industry needs in mind. The in-depth exposure gives graduates an understanding of their specialized fields, and prepares them  for leadership roles.


Creating Impact Through Research and Practice - DBA

The DBA program enables students to deep dive into the latest business research trends across disciplines. It is a four-year, part-time doctorate catering to senior executives who want to make an impact on business and society through practice-driven research. It integrates business practice with academia and allows a rich interaction between business leaders from various industries. The research training program is defined as rigorous, international, dynamic and professional, and is taught by a world-class faculty of experts. Through cutting edge research, students will be armed with the knowledge to contribute substantially to real-world practice and make a positive impact on society.


Keeping Business Executives Ahead of the Curve - Executive Education

The HKUST Executive Education program offers non-degree courses that prepare executives for the challenges of today's fast-changing business world. Committed to promoting a visionary global view from China and Asian perspectives, the Program inspires present and future business leaders for continued success. With a global footprint spanning six continents, it boasts a diverse mix of program topics, participants, teaching faculty and industries.

Grooming Future-Ready Business Talent

The world we live in is defined by many key transformational trends. These include environmental and social challenges, technological innovations, the rise of Asia, and what it means to be living in the “new normal”. HKUST is committed to providing cutting-edge education and research for its students so that they can navigate this rapidly developing new environment.


Shining Stars Light the Way in Teaching Excellence

Recipients of the distinguished teaching award highlight the Business School’s commitment to teaching brilliance.


Venturing into new frontiers in higher education

The University’s 30th anniversary celebrations look to the future as well as the past. With the opening of HKUST(GZ), its innovative twin-campus model of higher education will expand its resources and capabilities to bring about exceptional opportunities.


For 30 years, the HKUST Business School has nurtured a remarkable community of alumni who shine as leaders in business and entrepreneurship. We invite you, our alumni in Hong Kong and beyond, to update your profile now to stay connected and build a greater future of the School together!

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