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- Why HKUST
Our young, forward-looking university has one of the best schools of engineering in the world, with unfailingly high global rankings. Students learn from professors with Ph.D. degrees from first-class universities around the globe, who closely follow pedagogical developments to enhance their own teaching effectiveness. With its student-centric, whole-person approach and active career guidance, the School of Engineering (SENG) has achieved leadership in teaching in both established and emerging engineering fields. SENG is also globally renowned for its research excellence.
International Professional Recognition
Our high standards have won us recognition from a range of local and international professional bodies. Our programs are not only accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers” but also officially recognized by more than 20 countries under the Washington Accord. These countries span the globe and include Australia, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.
SENG programs related to IT and computing are also recognized under the Seoul Accord, with signatories including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, the U.K., and the U.S.
Engineering degrees obtained at HKUST are widely recognized, opening up a spectrum of international job and career prospects for graduates.
The Engineering Curriculum
Undergraduate engineering students admitted to SENG enroll in a 4-year program. In the first year, students learn the fundamentals of engineering and explore various engineering disciplines through introductory courses. At the end of the first year, each student makes an informed choice of discipline to study at SENG for the next three years.
This broad-based, student-centered program allows students to take additional major or minor programs or dual degree programs covering both engineering and non-engineering topics. Students with substantial credit transfer upon admissions may be able to graduate in fewer than 4 years.
The School of Engineering (SENG) nurtures skilled communicators, analytical and inventive researchers, and adaptable problem-solvers capable of continuous learning. With their logical thinking, analytical skills, and creativity, graduates can excel in various positions in a range of industries, or as entrepreneurs running their own businesses. The transferable skills nurtured at SENG also enable graduates to adapt to the continuously evolving working environment of today’s fast-changing world.
Degree-holders can become qualified professional engineers as soon as 4 years after graduation. After obtaining a recognized degree, graduates need to undertake 2-3 years of formal training under Graduate Training Scheme “A” of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Through this scheme, trainees learn through practical activities in their respective companies. Next, students need to gain 1-2 years of experience with responsibility. After these 4 years of training and experience, students can apply for Professional Assessment to become qualified professional engineers.
HKUST engineering graduates are widely welcomed by employers in various sectors. Over 60% of our graduating class of 2021 had received more than one job offer at the time of graduation. While the majority of our graduates work in the engineering field and relevant industries, around 40% choose to embark on careers in the commerce and business sector, which also has a huge demand for engineering and IT talents. Those who decide to pursue further studies find themselves welcomed by programs at top universities around the world.
Students interested in any engineering/computer science programs should apply to the School of Engineering via School-based Admissions. There are two School-based application choices:
Students who wish to spend more time exploring their interests in engineering programs should choose ‘Engineering’ on their application. They can opt for one of the majors during the Major Selection Exercise at the end of the first year. Students who have developed an interest in AI by then can also choose the extended major in artificial intelligence on top of an engineering major.
Students who have a confirmed interest in both engineering programs and artificial intelligence should apply to ‘Engineering with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence’. They can opt for one of the engineering majors during the Major Selection Exercise at the end of the first year. Students are guaranteed the study of an extended Major in Artificial Intelligence.
In the first year, Engineering students learn the fundamentals of engineering and explore various engineering disciplines through introduction courses. At the end of the first year, each student makes an informed choice of discipline to study for the next three years.
Those who are interested in BSc in Integrative Systems and Design program can choose to apply directly to the program.