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Student Stories

Student are the core of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Learn more on what it’s like to study in HKUST. Click below to see HKUST local and international students sharing their stories and student life in HKUST.

Abay JASHIBEKOV

BEng in Computer Science and BBA in General Business Management, Year 4

HKUST is known for its academic excellence. This excellence is not limited to the classroom; the university also provides students with invaluable real world opportunities. For example, in one of my courses, I worked on a consulting project. As a member of a team, I was working with a company to help solve real world...

Aditya IYER

BSc in Physics (International Research Enrichment Track), Year 3

I chose to study at HKUST because of its excellent research facilities and vibrant community. The academic freedom here encourages out-of-the-box thinking which is absolutely necessary for a theoretical physicist like myself. As a student under the International Research Enrichment Track (IRE), I have worked on projects ranging from Maxwell’s little demon, a largely infamous...

Ajay PURI

BSc in Economics and Finance, Year 3

At first, I wasn’t sure about my decision to come and study at HKUST, but now I realize that coming here has been the best decision I have ever made! The friends I have made here, the academic experience I have had and the extra-curricular activities I have participated in have made me not just...

Andrea HERNÁNDEZ REYES

BEng in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Year 2

I grew up in El Salvador, a small country in Central America. As I grew up, I knew that I wanted to do something that would make an impact not only in my country, but also worldwide. Coming to HKUST has been one of the best decisions in my life. In my first year I...

Angelica KOSASIH

BEng in Computer Science and BBA in General Business Management, Year 2

Looking back on my past year at HKUST, I realize that the most important thing that you have to be once you enter university or maybe just HKUST in particular is daring. There is really no other way about it: this university has immense opportunities but we have to dare to take hold of them....

Asfandyar JADOON

BEng in Computer Science, Year 2

I grew up in a society where one’s academic success was defined by how high he or she scored in public exams. While this mindset never sat completely right with me, I did ultimately adopt the values held by those around me, and thus ended up focusing my energy on better exam scores during high...

Christine CHANG

School of Business and Management, Year 3

Having completed my first two years of university life in HKUST, I would conclusively describe my experience here as “FASCINATING” and “FULFILLING”. Besides academics, HKUST has provided me with abundant opportunities to develop other skills and abilities outside the classroom. For example, my friends and I have successfully established the Southeast Asian Students’ Association, with...

Elfarouk Yasser Farouk M. A. HARB

BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, Year 2

Seeking new adventures and experiences, I chose to enroll in HKUST for university after graduating from DarElTarbia IGCSE School back in my hometown Egypt. Ever since I’ve come here, Hong Kong has never ceased to amaze me with the extremely friendly people and the amazing cultural diversity in HKUST. During my first year, I started...

Fernando García Albero

BSc in Global China Studies School of Humanities and Social Science, Year 1

I was born and raised in Spain. Nevertheless, I always knew I wanted to pursue higher education elsewhere. Originally, I was planning to study aeronautical engineering, and I got accepted by some universities in the UK. However, I decided to give up the opportunity of studying a math-intensive program for a more humanities-focused program at HKUST.  ...

Ivana SURADJA

BSc in Environmental Science (International Research Enrichment Track), Year 3

I believe that learning goes beyond classrooms and lecture theaters. I also believe that learning is not only about understanding concepts, but also about putting into practice what you know. Throughout my two years of study in HKUST, I have had the chance to do all that. As a student under the International Research Enrichment...

Jeffry WICAKSANA

BEng in Electronic Engineering, Year 3 (Currently on exchange in UCLA for Fall 2016)

HKUST encourages students to explore new opportunities such as doing a startup, going on exchange or joining a research program so that we can enrich our university experience. I was selected by the University to become one of the four students to participate in the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) in Summer 2016. During my...

Jennifer LEE

BBA in Finance and Professional Accounting, Year 3

Ever since I was young I have dreamed of exploring a bigger world: a world of marvelous diversity. My first big step toward fulfilling this dream was entering HKUST. At HKUST, through facing and overcoming challenges, I have created a new, more capable and confident version of myself. The University has offered me many opportunities...

Kenneth LEE

BBA in Marketing and Information Systems, Year 4

I chose HKUST because of the reputation of its business school. I also intend to work in Hong Kong in the future so studying in Hong Kong will allow me to establish networks earlier on. HKUST is a dynamic university full of opportunities: student societies, overseas exchange, case competitions, and internships. It has allowed me...

Mayank KUMAR

BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Year 4

Since childhood, the stunning speeds at which aircrafts could scale the limitless skies and the heights they could achieve were an enigma to me. This puzzle eventually became an inseparable part of my life, and I began seeking my future in the area of aeronautics. When I got a chance to study Mechanical Engineering at...

Min CHOI

BEng in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Year 4

HKUST encourages its students to be creative and innovative. It provides a great environment for students to plan and execute their own projects. There are funds available for ambitious students who have creative ideas to cultivate cultural integration on campus. There are also a lot of different extra-curricular programs that give opportunities for students to...

Min Li YEOH

BEng Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Year 2

Clean water is very important for all of us. It ensures good health and sustains our lives. However, more than 40 percent of the world’s population is suffering from scarcity of clean water. This is an alarming figure, expected to increase with the rise of global warming. I want to play a part in solving...

Nicholas CHIOY

BSc in Economics and Finance, Year 3

Ever have trouble deciding what to eat because there are too many choices? Welcome to HKUST! Here you can sample every activity, to find the one that suits your taste. In only two years, I have tried dance, rowing, debating, finance, and dragon boat racing, to name a few. I discovered that I should not...

Noa Mimi Martine NEDERPELT

BBA in Global Business, Year 2

Hong Kong seems like, as my European high school classmates would put it, ‘an interesting choice’ for someone to pursue a university degree. Born in the Netherlands but raised in Spain, I grew up in a multicultural environment with a Venezuelan-Dutch mother and a Dutch-German father, and therefore coming to study in Asia was not...

Oliver NAEF

BSc in Biotechnology, Year 4

When it came to choosing a university, the quality of the sports facilities and programs was as important to me as the academic quality and international mix of students. Therefore, before applying to HKUST, I visited the campus to make sure that I would be able to pursue my passion for sports in general and...

Richard WONG

BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Year 2

After completing high school in England, I decided to come back to Hong Kong to pursue my university education while continuing my passion for sports at HKUST. I chose to study engineering because I took relevant A-level subjects that I was really interested in. Apart from studying hard, I also play hard. I am active...

Rika TAKAI

BSc in Environmental Science, Year 4

As a person born and raised in Japan, coming to Hong Kong was a difficult decision. After receiving offers from a number of Japanese universities, I had second thoughts about leaving Japan and trying something so challenging. Deciding to study outside Japan was one of the boldest resolutions I have ever made. Once my mind...

Rina Lookman JIO

BSc in Economics and Finance, Year 4

Initially I chose HKUST Business School because of its high ranking in Asia. After three years, I realise that HKUST offers not only academic excellence but also implausible international exposure. Apart from its high proportion of international students, the University highly encourages students to study abroad through various exchange programs. I was chosen to attend...

Ruben GAVRILOV

BBA in Management, Year 3

It is very important to find something that you love to do at university. For me, I have been a part of the English Debate Team, the Management Association Football Team and also the Student Ambassador Program. As a Student Ambassador, I have to showcase the positive image of HKUST in public events and share...

Sahaj GARG

BEng in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Year 3

Initially when I was deciding where I wanted to study, I was so unsure that I ended up applying to the US, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and India, and by the end, I had almost 20 offers from different places. However, I ended up choosing HKUST because of its proximity to home, great world ranking,...

Sandra SOBANSKA

BBA in Global Business, Year 4

During my second year at HKUST I discovered my passion for entrepreneurship, plus I started to learn coding. I was able to combine my interests in startups and technology by co-organizing HackUST, a hackathon organised completely by students. We had more than 200 participants and some of the biggest companies in the field supporting us...

Sharon HSU

BBA in Information Systems, Year 3

I had never thought of including startups in my career path before I entered HKUST because I had the perception that startups only happen in Silicon Valley to people who are exceptionally capable. Instead, I always dreamed of working in an established big firm. However, the can-do spirit and the entrepreneurial atmosphere at HKUST urged...

Thomas Rohit NARAYANA SWAMY

BSc in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major (Bionics), Year 2

Firstly, why HKUST? To be honest it wasn’t really my first choice personally, but my parents thought that it would be a wonderful experience for me, discovering a new culture, new place and so far they have not been wrong. I’m currently studying BSc in Bionics. What is bionics? Bionics or bio-mechatronics is a very...

Vaishali JAIN

School of Business and Management, Year 2

Born into a family of business people, I have always found the professional world alluring. HKUST Business School is a top-ranked school in Asia and holds a very competitive position in global rankings. I am confident that, with the support of the School, I can achieve my goal of becoming a successful business magnate. The...

WAI SHUI YAN PATRICIA

BSc in Global China Studies, Year 4

Taking GCS as my major is one of the most important decisions I made in my life. As one of the four schools in UST, GCS students on average enjoy more resources than students from other schools. The school of humanities and social science only offers one undergraduate degree, and this uniqueness allows GCS students...

Yen SOON

BBA in Global Business Year 3

My experience in this world-class university has, so far, been challenging yet enriching. Upon completing the Malaysian Higher School Certificate (STPM) and having earned a full scholarship, I made a bold choice of coming to Hong Kong to pursue my dreams of studying abroad. As a student enrolled in the School of Business and Management,...

Zi Won KIM

BEng in Computer Science, Currently on a gap year

Located in a very dynamic and international city, HKUST is a great place to be for students who wants to challenge themselves. HKUST not only provides students great opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in research or competitions, but also serves as an anchor for students to explore outside their comfort zone. Together with...