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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

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
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
hong kong tertiary education system
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
cse@hkust
[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
junior faculty recruitment
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
faculty development
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
promotion process
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
challenges and opportunities
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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