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Interdisciplinary Programs Office

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HKUST’s pioneering Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO) exemplifies the University’s well-established tradition for innovative teaching, learning, and research. Since IPO's establishment in 2008, our dynamic academic units have provided unique education and research programs for students who are keen to make full use of the holistic learning and self-development opportunities that IPO provides. 

To tackle the challenging and multi-faceted issues of today’s world—be it climate change, optimizing the big data revolution, or effective management of technology—it is necessary to fuse knowledge and know-how from different fields to bring multiple perspectives to the task of changing the world for the better. 

We strive to tailor our programs to the newly emerging needs of society and of the students we educate. We co-operate closely with corporate partners to offer students projects and professional training with instructors and mentors from industry. Our goal is to provide a nurturing learning environment in which undergraduates and postgraduates can discover their true passion and interests through an education that connects them to the wider world. 

We currently offer three cutting-edge interdisciplinary undergraduate programs: 

  • Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management (T&M-DDP) 
  • Environmental Management and Technology Program (EVMT) 
  • Individualized Interdisciplinary Major Program (IIM). 

These programs bring together two or more different academic disciplines and offer a brand-new type of educational experience, characterized by 

1) Multicultural cohorts with small class sizes of 2–40 students per cohort per program, which allows close and supportive relationships to develop between students and staff 

2) Ambitious curricula across different schools 

3) Wide-ranging personal and professional enrichment activities and an exclusive team of professional advisors who provide counseling and career advice to students. 

At IPO, we learn, we experience, and we lead without boundaries.

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First in Hong Kong
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To establish an interdisciplinary academic unit at a local university
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First in Hong Kong
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To create an undergraduate dual degree program integrating technology and business knowledge
(Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management)
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First in Hong Kong
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To start an undergraduate program nurturing future leaders to embed and advance sustainability
(BSc in Environmental Management and Technology)
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First in Greater China
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To offer an undergraduate program allowing students to create their own major and curricula
(BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major)
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We understand that a student’s development is about more than academic knowledge. An understanding of personal motivations and goals, professional know-how, and business experience all help students plan for their future and adapt well to the working environment. IPO provides a wide range of career workshops and one-on-one individual advice to students to help them map out their own career paths. 

IPO graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills work in professional fields including engineering, banking and finance, consultancy, NGOs, and many more. For detailed employment statistics, please refer to the websites of IPO Programs.

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Students interested in BEng/BSc & BBA Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management or BSc in Environmental Management and Technology may apply to the programs directly. Students who would like more time to explore their interests can first apply for admission to the School of Science, School of Engineering, School of Business and Management or School of Humanities and Social Science, and then apply to enroll in one of the IPO majors in the Spring Term of the first year of study. 

If you are interested in the BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major, all HKUST students are eligible to submit the applications during the first year of study. You will be able to explore more after getting in HKUST.

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I have always dreamed of building my own business and creating something that has a positive impact on people’s lives. That’s why I chose the Dual Degree Program: I knew that it would provide me with unique exposure to the worlds of both business and engineering. After graduating from the Dual Degree Program, I created the Lumos Helmet, the world’s first bicycle helmet with integrated lights and turn and brake signals, which makes cycling at night much safer.
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Jeff CHEN (Mainland China)
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BEng/BSc & BBA Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management
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Class of 2015
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