HKUST’s pioneering Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) plays an integral part of the University’s well-established tradition for innovative teaching, learning, and research. Working across and with all Schools at HKUST, IPO brings together two or more different academic disciplines and offers a brand-new type of educational experience, characterized by select multicultural cohorts, and wide-ranging personal and professional enrichment activities. At IPO, we learn, we experience, we lead without boundaries.
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Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management
The Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management (T&M-DDP) is designed to provide a world-class interdisciplinary education that emphasizes technological innovation and managerial leadership with an inclination towards a global perspective. T&M-DDP, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, offers high-caliber students an inspiring opportunity to gain two internationally-recognized degrees in five years: Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Science (BSc), and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
Dual Degree students learn how to analyze issues from technological and business viewpoints and solve both quantitative and qualitative problems. Students also develop awareness of different cultures and global perspectives and foster a willingness to serve, gaining much more than two degrees. With double degrees in technology and management, our graduates have a wide variety of career advancement opportunities.
As a fully-integrated program, T&M-DDP students study engineering/science and business courses every year. In addition to the major disciplines, students are also exposed to courses in mathematics, entrepreneurship, social science and humanities, and business communications in English and Chinese to sharpen their analytical skills and critical thinking and broaden their perspectives. The program is challenging but delivers outstanding opportunities for students to acquire broad and deep knowledge in technology and management.
A variety of enrichment activities help students consolidate multi-dimensional problem-solving skills, communication skills, and global understanding through real-life practices. Examples include international business plan competitions, corporate consulting projects, exchange programs, internships, executive forums, and leadership training.
BSc in Environmental Management and Technology
Sustainability and the protection of our environment are among the greatest global concerns of today and tomorrow, with an ever-more pressing need to find a balance between human development and environmental well-being.
The pace-setting BSc in Environmental Management and Technology (EVMT) program, accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals Limited (HKIQEP), offers a unique opportunity for motivated students to move ahead in this area, educating a new generation of environmental professionals with cross-disciplinary knowledge to deliver ecologically and economically sound solutions and to take up the role of sustainability managers in corporations in Hong Kong and around the globe.
Drawing on HKUST’s expertise in science, engineering, management and the social sciences, the EVMT program examines issues from multiple viewpoints to enable students to integrate different perspectives and generate innovative ideas and solutions. Specially designed courses cover subjects such as environmental technology, environmental law, environmental, social and governance (ESG) management and reporting, green business, energy resources and sustainable development. In the final year study, theory is put into practice through working on real-world problems with companies and NGOs in the Capstone Project. Internships, exchanges and the development of social skills, including effective communication, teamwork and leadership training, further develop students’ capabilities and confidence to work on environmental issues in business, governmental and institutional sectors.
BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major
The Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) offers a non-traditional, cross-school academic pathway for exceptional students with the vision, talents, and character to create their own study program.
IIM students clearly know what they want with special interests. They have the academic freedom to combine courses from different departments and Schools at HKUST, and even different universities, to develop an interdisciplinary major tailor-made to their intellectual interests, with standards ensured by a small supervisory team consisted of professors and field experts.
Joining this exciting degree program will enable those selected to subsequently pursue a novel interdisciplinary research field or a career in an area of emerging significance.
The Individualized Interdisciplinary Major is currently the only program of its kind in Greater China. At leading universities globally, such as Harvard University, Yale University, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, such kind of programs have established themselves as a superb option for a small group of high-potential achievers – those who flourish best by moving beyond regular curricula to fully engage their passion for a particular subject or a pace-setting combination of disciplines.
Approved IIM Program Examples
- Behavioral Consumer Science
- Bioenergy Management
- Brain Computer Interface
- Built Environment Design
- Computational Cognitive Science
- Environmental Geoscience
- Human-Computer Interaction