A group of deans from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKUST, visited Budapest this month to meet with the city’s leading universities, to promote HKUST and forge partnerships with Hungary`s tertiary sector.
HKUST president Professor Tony Chan was part of the delegation and he told The Budapest Times that he was impressed with the city and what he had seen at the universities so far. “Those we have visited have a long tradition of academic excellence,” he said.
The deans visited Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Corvinus University and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The faculties at HKUST want to form strategic partnerships where the goal essentially is exchange of information services, from student and research exchange to developing a joint Masters programme.
HKUST vice-president for institutional advancement Dr. Eden Woon said: “The Hungarian universities we have seen are excellent and we want the graduates to come to our university. We have exchange partners around the world, and our students would benefit from coming to a place like Hungary with such fascinating history both ancient and modern.”
Woon said the meetings they had had were very useful and could result in a few collaborations.
Chan said that although HKUST is keen to find Phd students it is also interested in Hungarians who are still in high school. He thinks that with a little sense of adventure, since Hong Kong is so far away, a young student would benefit from studying abroad, especially in China.
“Cultural things cannot be learned from a book, you have to live it,” he said.
After Hungary the delegation moved on to Poland and the Czech Republic to talk to more universities.
HKUST is one of the leading universities in Asia but now wants to become internationally known. The deans do this trip twice a year to start collaborations with European universities.
“We also think this could benefit our local Hong Kong students,” Chan said. “They should be subjected to the rest of the world.” Woon added: “We want good students, and good students are from around the world.”