International Partnerships

HKUST collaborates with leading overseas institutions that complement its strengths and research and academic priorities. The University also actively engages with higher education leaders in key regional and international networks to advance innovation and address the challenges and opportunities of today.

Some key collaborations led by the Office of the Vice-President for Research and Development:

HKUST - MIT Research Alliance Consortium

The HKUST-MIT Research Alliance Consortium aims to build the network and mechanisms required for R&D collaboration between world-class universities and leading technology companies through industry-driven pre-competitive research. The four research clusters aim to address critical and relevant problems globally, namely Internet of Things for intelligent buildings and transportation, data science and e-learning, advanced manufacturing and biomedical systems.

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HKUST - Berkeley Research Collaboration

The HKUST-Berkeley Research Collaboration helps to build the network and mechanisms required for R&D collaboration between world-class universities and technology companies through industry-driven pre-competitive research, with a theme on enabling technology for next-generation robotics and industrial automation infrastructure.


The Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) is a consortium comprising HKUST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University. It aims to form a hub for innovation in Asia through the advancement of science and technology and the development of human resources, thereby contributing to the realization of a sustainable world.

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- ASPIRE League 

- ASPIRE League Partnership Seed Fund Program 

HKUST - SKOLKOVO Case Study Cooperation

HKUST and the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO formed a partnership in 2018 to jointly develop quality Eurasian business case studies, which merge academic concepts with real-world business challenges and opportunities faced by leaders and managers.

HKUST - University of Manchester (UoM) Seed Fund Program

Launched in 2017, the HKUST-UoM Seed Fund Program aims to capitalize on the research strengths of both universities and create greater impact to society. It enables academic staff at both institutions to extend and deepen collaborative research links, with a view to develop joint proposals to seek external funding.

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