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Junior Faculty Recruitment and Development at HKUST. Professor Lionel M. Ni Department of Computer Science & Engineering Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [email protected] Hong Kong: Special Administrative Region of China. Eight universities sponsored by Hong Kong Government

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Junior Faculty Recruitment and Development at HKUST

Professor Lionel M. Ni

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

[email protected]


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Hong Kong: Special Administrative Region of China

  • Eight universities sponsored by Hong Kong Government

    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (established in 1991)

    • University of Hong Kong

    • Chinese University of Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    • City University of Hong Kong

    • Hong Kong Baptist University

    • Hong Kong Institute of Education

    • Linnan College



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Hong Kong Tertiary Education System

  • University Grant Committee (UGC)

    • Major source of budget

      • HKUST (90% from UGC and 10% from tuition, etc.)

    • Role differentiation

    • Matching scheme: total HKD$1B, each university up to $250M, FCFS

      • 2004: one to one matching

      • 2005: two to one matching

      • 2006: two to one matching

  • Research Grant Council

    • Major research funding


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[email protected]

  • Similar to North America systems

  • Under School of Engineering

    • Three other schools

      • School of Science

      • School of Management and Business

      • School of Humanity and Social Science (no UG program)

  • One of the two largest departments at HKUST

    • About 40 faculty members

      • 3 Chair Prof; 7 Full Prof; 18 Assoc. Prof; 11 Asst. Prof

      • From 9 different nationalities: English speaking

      • 100 PhD, 40 MPhil, 320 UG

      • Computer Engineering Program (jointly administered with ECE): 300 UG


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Junior Faculty Recruitment

  • World-wide recruitment

    • Mainly from USA

    • Needed research areas

    • Strong publication record

    • Some China/HK connection

    • Interview process

  • Startup package

    • 12-month salary about same as US 9-month salary

    • About HKD$900K (each RA is HKD$150K)

    • Guaranteed 2 TA support before tenured

    • Teaching load: 2 courses per year


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Faculty Development

  • University standard: world-class researcher

  • Promotion consideration

    • Only consider top rated journals and conferences

      • Both quantity and quality

    • Funding record

      • RGC grants

    • PhD students

      • Mainly from China

    • External letters are very important

    • Teaching is important

    • Professional and university services


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Promotion Process

  • Department level

    • Review committee

    • Dept head evaluation

  • School level

    • School review committee

    • Dean’s evaluation

  • University

    • University review committee

    • Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • President


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Challenges and Opportunities

  • Better rewarding system

  • Global excellence and local relevance

  • Very limited research funding

  • Close research collaboration with universities and researchers in

    • China

    • Other countries

  • University strategic plan

    • Vision 2020: 5 O’s

    • Institute of Advanced Studies


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