Message from the Dean

Welcome to the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science.

We are the largest interdisciplinary university-level program in humanities and social science in China and Greater China and the only one to have an explicit program-wide comparative focus exemplified by our undergraduate and graduate degrees in Global China Studies.

Like every university of excellence, we are dedicated to research and teaching. What sets us apart from our peers is our explicit focus on global, especially North American and Chinese, best practice in undergraduate teaching, including blended learning, in graduate training and placement, and in our own research and self-governance.

Strategic partnerships with many of the best North American, European, and Chinese universities – the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Los Angeles, Central China Normal University, Lund University, Nanjing University, Peking University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shantou University, Sichuan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Virginia, Utrecht University, and Waseda University – provide ample opportunities for international faculty and student research and collaboration, for faculty and student exchange, for joint student training, and even for dual degree programs in specific fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These universities, like our high rankings by QS and Times Higher Education, attest to our standing both as a university of the world and as a world university.

Given our small faculty size – sixty professors, our relative youth – a mean age below 50, and our academic diversity – over fifteen disciplines, we are particularly proud of our global academic impact as measured by our faculty and student’s 45 thousand Google Scholar citations, and by the recent recruitment by disciplinary programs in the Humanities and the Social Sciences of our PhD students to join some of the best universities locally in Hong Kong, nationally in China, and worldwide in the United States.

We are also proud of our pedagogical impact on Hong Kong and beyond including the contributions of the Center for Language Education, of a soon-to-be-established Center for Creative Arts Education, as well as of the Divisions of Humanities and Social Science to the HKUST UG Common Core Education, the development and application of on-line and blended active learning with the creation of an on-line advanced-UG / beginning-PG Global China Studies curriculum, and the launch of the first UG degree program in Quantitative Social Analysis.

I invite you to browse our web site and to learn more about our faculty, our teaching mission, our classes, our research, and the opportunities we provide to the world, to China, and especially to Hong Kong.

Professor James Lee
Dean of Humanities and Social Science