Substantial transformations across sectors will arise in the years ahead due to technological advancements, global environmental challenges such as climate change, and the growing importance of holistic well-being. As a future-focused university, HKUST refreshes the University planning framework known as The Three Futures of Work, Living, and People, a continuation of the last Strategic Plan, to address the future challenges of humankind envisioned. 

The Future of Work: Symbiotic Technological Innovation

The "Future of WORK: Symbiotic Technological Innovation" acknowledges the symbiotic relationship between human workers and intelligent machines in advancing future innovation. Against a backdrop of intelligent industrialization, our emphasis is on harmony between AI and robotics to complement and augment human capabilities, creating a collaborative partnership.

The Future of Living: Sustainability and Quality

The "Future of LIVING: Sustainability and Quality" emphasizes not only sustainable conduct but encompasses the broader quality of life for generations to come in light of the global environmental transformation. Apart from aspiring to be a leader of sustainability, our commitment extends to improving living conditions and maintaining the delicate balance of our ecosystems.

The Future of People: Well-being and Creativity

The "Future of PEOPLE: Well-being and Creativity" recognizes the interconnection between health and creativity. Healthy people have more energy and clarity for creative endeavors; meanwhile, engaging in creative activities benefits well-being by relieving stress and lifting mood.  This holistic approach deepens our understanding of the human condition and creates environments that nurture both creativity and overall well-being.

Integrating the Three Futures – a Unified Approach to Tomorrow’s Challenges

The Three Futures are inter-related and converge to create the interconnected foundation for a Smart and Sustainable Society, ensuring our institutional endeavors stay future-focused and responsive to the evolving needs of the society.