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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) - a dynamic, international research university, in relentness pursuit of excellence, leading the advance of science and technology with alliances nationally with universities and municipal governments in Mainland China and global connections with leading institutions and academic partnerships with the world's top universities. HKUST is well situated in the city of Hongkong, a center for finance and business in Asia. Hongkong is often the entry to China for foreign cooperations and an active Swedish Chamber of Commerce is found in the city.

Both KTH and HKUST embrace the concept of strategic partnership with a selected number of key international players, where both KTH and HKUST are strategic partners of their choice. The partnership aims to boost joint publications, enhanced collaborations among researchers, student exchange as well as collaboration with the society at large.

Hongkong University of Science and Technology in short

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a research university established in 1991. Despite its short history, HKUST is one of the region's most outstanding universities. It is ranked as one of the world's 50 best universities and top 15 in the world within science and engineering. HKUST also has a prominent business school as well as a humanities faculty. The university is located on the Clearwater Bay peninsula, with a view of the Hong Kong islands. More than 11,000 students study in the university of which around 4,000 students are international.

[LIVE] HKUST-KTH Joint Webinar, Dec 3, kl.10:00-11:15 CET

Watch the recording of the webinar here: 

Responding to COVID-19: A Life Science Perspective Regarding Diagnosis, Mass Testing and Vaccine Development

KTH-HKUST Joint Webinar

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers around the world have been working tirelessly to find ways and solutions to tackle this global challenge. In this upcoming webinar in partnership with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, renowned scholars on medical science and engineering from HKUST and KTH will share about the latest scientific discovery and technological breakthroughs tackling the novel virus, from infection detection to vaccine development. Join us in this presentation and discussion on the worldwide efforts to make effective responses to the menacing pandemic.

The panel session will start at 5pm HKT, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. 

[LIVE]HKUST x KTH Royal Institute of Technology Joint Webinar
Responding to COVID-19: A Life Science Perspective Regarding Diagnosis, Mass Testing and Vaccine Development

Date & Time:
December 3, 2020 (Thursday)
10:00 – 11:
15 CET ; 17:00 – 18:15 HKT

HKUST and KTH Joint Webinar

Previous KTH-HKUST Joint Webinar held on June 23

Watch the recording here:

Partnership for a Joint Webinar on Innovation & Research - Navigating the World of Disruption 2020

Biases, Norms and Culture: A Framework for Understanding Our Responses to a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put all of us in uncharted territory. No nation is unaffected by the outbreak and there is no uniform formula tackling the crisis. We see varied approaches and responses from cities and individuals. Join HKUST for the upcoming webinar, as part of the global webinars under the theme “Navigating a World of Disruption”, in partnership with KTH Royal Institute of Technology to learn how people respond to the pandemic from different perspectives—social & cultural, public health, public transportation, urban planning & design. Through the academic exchanges, we wish to better understand how the new normal will be in the post-pandemic era.

[LIVE]"Biases, Norms and Culture: A Framework for Understanding Our Responses to a Pandemic"


June 23, 2020 (Tuesday)


16:30 – 17:45 HKT / 10:30 – 11:45 (CEST)

Opening Remarks:

  • Prof. King CHOW, Acting Dean of Students; Director, Interdisciplinary Programs Office, HKUST
  • Prof. Stefan ÖSTLUND, Vice President for Global Relations, KTH


  • Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice, Division of Public Policy; Director, Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education, HKUST“Behavioural Biases and Our Responses to Pandemics”
  • Prof. Erik JENELIUS, Associate Professor, Division of Transport Planning, KTH
    “Impact of COVID-19 on Public Transport Use in Stockholm”
  • Prof. Zhi NING, Associate Professor, Division of Environment & Sustainability, HKUST
    “Science of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Measures for Public Health Protection in the New Norms During Pandemic”
  • Prof. Ann LEGEBY, Professor, Department of Architecture, KTH
    “How the Corona Pandemic Changes Our Habits of How We Use the City and Public Space”


  • Prof. Naubahar SHARIF, Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy; Professor, Division of Social Science, HKUST

History of the partnership

KTH and HKUST have had good cooperation among several researchers since HKUST was established in 1991. A number of visits in the late 1990s and early 2000s led to a popular student exchange programme. In 2014, HKUST launched a strategic partnership programme with ten selected universities to which they invited KTH as a partner. A delegation from KTH with then President Peter Gudmundson visited HKUST to discuss the strategic partnership which was followed by the signing of an agreement in 2015.

3rd of April 2019 a delegation from KTH with Vice President Stefan Östlund, Vice Dean of Faculty Per Berglund, Professor Hans Hebert, Ms Christina Murray and Ms Yingfang He visitied HKUST President Wei Shyy and collegues where the following topics was discussed: student exchange, faculty exchange, sabbaticals and short visits, the establishment of Guangzhou South and possible seed funding, summer schools, joint degrees, Sustech and KTH Innovation Brighter Program.

At the moment the above topics are something that KTH and HKUST are still working on in order to deepen our strategic partership.

Research collaboration

There have long been different forms of cooperation in mathematics, materials science, IT and electronics between the universities. These co-operation has led to an increased number of co-publication of scientific articles. Over the past six years, KTH and HKUST have published a total of 159 joint scientific articles.

Existing academic collaborations

Examples of existing academic collaborations between HKUST and KTH.

  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBME) at HKUST through Professor Zhengtang Luo and Professor Carina Lagergren at KTH within graphene membranes.
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at HKUST through Professor Pan Hui and Professor Gunnar Karlsson and Professor Sonja Buchegger at KTH within EU ICT and social networking.
  • Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at HKUST through Professor Ling Shi and Professor Karl H Johansson at KTH within networked control systems and remote state estimation.
  • Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at HKUST through Professor Pascale Fung and Professor Joakim Gustavsson at KTH within Robotics.

Funding for joint research projects

The cooperation provides funding for joint research projects. The following six projects have received financial support.

  • Big Data System: Professor Jiang Xu (HKUST), Professor Ahmed Hemani (KTH) and Professor Zhonghai Lu (KTH) for 36 months.
  • Robotic Manipulation-Representation and Optimization (RoMRO): Professor Michael Wang (HKUST), Professor Kaiyu Hang (HKUST), Professor Danica Kragic (KTH) and Florian T. Pokorny (KTH) for 36 months.
  • Dynamic AIE Systems with Adaptive Features for Smart Optical Applications: Professor Ben Zhong Tang (HKUST), Professor Mingdi Yan (KTH) and Professor Olof Ramström (KTH) for 36 months.
  • Resource Allocation in Cyber-Physical Systems: Professor Ling Shi (HKUST), Professor Li Qiu (HKUST) and Professor Karl H. Johansson (KTH) for 36 months.
  • Evaluation of the scalability of opportunistic networking protocols and their applicability in natural disaster cases with minimal support of fixed infrastructure: Professor Pan Hui (HKUST) and Professor Gunnar Karlsson (KTH) for 24 months.
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation of synthetic spin orbit coupling in ultracold quantum gases: Professor Gyu-Boong Jo (HKUST) and Professor Egor Babaev (KTH) for 24 months.

Educational collaboration

KTH and HKUST have a large student exchange. Each year, KTH receives 18 students from HKUST who study a semester in Stockholm and offer as many KTH students the opportunity to study a semester in Hong Kong. There are discussions about a joint dual-degree programme, where KTH students are allowed to study for a master's degree and HKUST students are offered a 3 + 2 program.

A delegation from KTH lead by Pofessor Ramon Wyss signing an agreement with Hong Kong's Smart City Consortium (SCC)

Other forms of cooperation and events

March 18, 2020: Migrating a Whole University to ''Online Real-Time Interactive'' Teaching: An Experience-Sharing Forum where KTH was represented by Associate Professor Joakim Lilliesköld where organisation, education, communication, examinations and laboratory work was discussed.

For more information about the presentation slides, forum recording and outcome of the forum then read more here on the HKUST website .

Public engagement

KTH has signed an agreement with Hong Kong's Smart City Consortium (SCC) for cooperations on Hong Kong's urban development. KTH has a good network of contacts with Swedish companies active in Hong Kong, which also participates in the development of city projects. Hong Kong's smart city program is an area in which KTH cooperates with both Hong Kong city, Swedish companies and HKUST. Another collaboration exists with Hong Kong Science Park, which offers Swedish startups an attractive landing platform, where collaboration with HKUST provides access to its attractive network of contacts. KTH also have contacts with MTR, which is based in Hong Kong.