HKUST has been successful in drawing top minds from around the world. Our new Guangzhou campus, i.e. HKUST (Guangzhou), sets to provide exciting new reach and opportunities for education, research, and knowledge transfer. We are prepared to extend our global reservoir of minds and abilities by looking beyond conventional academic disciplines and being open to the recruitment and nurturing of more diverse areas of strength among students, faculty and staff.
Recruiting the best talents effectively and competitively
We are looking for and developing students for pure academic and broad-based talents. This will be achieved by flexible/targeted admissions, scholarship schemes, and incentives that can attract quality students with diverse talents and backgrounds. We aim at rolling out a comprehensive outreach campaign, emphasizing the HKUST experience and using a mix of engagement means applicable to suit the constantly changing environment or the “new normal”. Such engagement will involve connecting with prospective students, parents, teachers and schools by combining physical channels with technologies and online communication platforms.
Given the key role our faculty members play in both our education and research endeavors, we will be proactive and open in identifying and reaching out to leading and promising candidates from around the world, targeting to attract scholars in fields within and beyond HKUST’s traditional areas of strength or disciplinary areas to drive forward evolving opportunities at both our Clear Water Bay and Guangzhou campuses and our cross-disciplinary activities.
We also fully recognize the essential role of our staff in the efficient and effective day-to-day administration, operations, including health and safety, and campus management, and the need to recruit and retain top staff for the myriad posts this encompasses. HKUST will position itself as the “employer of choice”, ensuring an all-around supportive and high performance culture with corresponding reward and recognition.
Nurturing talents to achieve full potential
Recruitment is only the start of a life-changing journey. For students to fully benefit from their HKUST experience, we will foster and develop academic capacity, social skills, entrepreneurial spirit, community service, and personal development opportunities so that each can find their own space, unlock their own interests and potential, and make their relationship with the University truly transformational and lifelong.
We will regularly assess and enhance our students’ breadth of intellectual development so as to build understanding of different fields and perspectives alongside their major program, and widen their interests. Beyond the curriculum, strengthening and expansion of all-round student support, including mental health and overall well-being, competency-based learning, and stronger connections with alumni will build up capacity, confidence, and networks. The HKUST experience for students and the University community as a whole will be further enriched by new provision of more on-campus housing, including for all first-year undergraduates, deepening peer friendships and multicultural integration.
As the development of HKUST (Guangzhou) progresses, faculty will benefit from the expanded research scope that this will bring, offering more diversity, interdisciplinary possibilities and knowledge transfer openings, and enabling our academics to follow their passions and develop their interests. Joint proposals, joint grant applications, and large-scale research group projects between faculty from both campuses will be encouraged and facilitated. In addition to such research career development opportunities, faculty leadership capabilities will be enhanced through management development programs, and a systematic junior faculty mentoring mechanism.
For staff, a performance culture will be cultivated. Succession planning, opportunities for job rotations, leadership and management training for middle and senior management will be among the areas we actively explore.