Seen in this light, the advent of four-year bachelor's degree programmes under the 3-3-4 academic structure for secondary and tertiary education can be seen as a natural extension of its mission.
"The four-year degree is a great opportunity to provide a broader, more rounded undergraduate education," says HKUST Provost, Professor Wei Shyy.
The university began preparing for the transition more than five years ago and a new curriculum was approved to give students more flexibility and opportunities to follow their own interests.
One of the main objectives was to build a strong University Common Core for the extended first-degree programme, with a broad intellectual range that will whet students' curiosity and enhance critical thinking.
While HKUST has established a fine reputation for its sc