POSTECH and HKUST Agree to Offer a Dual Degree Doctoral Program

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[Exchange in areas of software, AI, and smart cities anticipated]

POSTECH and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have agreed to initiate a dual degree doctoral program.

On April 28, 2020, POSTECH and HKUST signed an agreement after reaching a consensus on initiating a dual degree Ph.D. program between their engineering schools. Through this partnership, students under the program are expected to spend part of their time resident at each institution, and the two schools will designate co-advisors for the supervision of students and award dual Ph.D. degrees to those who fulfill the requirements of both institutions. The two schools will cooperate to nurture talented individuals and expand the exchange of personnel.

Professor Tim Cheng, the dean of engineering at HKUST said, “We are pleased to strengthen the cooperative ties established between the two institutions. Blending the experience and expertise of the faculty from two leading institutions in the Asia Pacific region, the dual degree PhD program provides a competitive edge for students to conduct research at the forefront and in an international context. We trust that our students will benefit from this exciting and diversified learning experience through a joint venture in PhD education.”

Professor Sung H. Han, the dean of engineering at POSTECH remarked, “This dual degree agreement strengthens the existing partnership between our universities.” He added, “In particular, we look forward to research findings on a global scale derived through the active exchange of convergence research in areas such as artificial intelligence and smart cities.”

Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a prestigious, research-oriented public university in Hong Kong specializing in science and technology. The school ranked 47th (third in Asia) on the world university rankings by the Times Higher Education and 32nd (seventh in Asia) by QS in 2020. POSTECH has maintained a student exchange program with HKUST since 2011.