Collaboration with Industry

At the heart of HKUST’s innovations are the partnerships it forges with the industry. Together with international companies and research institutes, HKUST has set up various sophisticated joint laboratories:

Xilinx-HKUST Joint Lab
The Xilinx-HKUST Joint Lab was established in June 2012 by HKUST and Xilinx Inc., the very company that invented the field-programmable gate array (FPGA). The joint lab facilitates the adoption of the latest FPGA technologies in cross-platform and cross-disciplinary integrated circuit research and education among researchers and students.
GlaxoSmithKline R&D China-HKUST Neuroscience Lab
The GlaxoSmithKline R&D China-HKUST Neuroscience Lab endeavors to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathologies of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as to develop drug candidates for their treatment. Facilitated by the sophisticated research tools at the global pharmaceutical company and the innovative academic research at HKUST, this partnership is expected to boost drug development in Hong Kong.
HKUST-Huawei Joint Innovation Lab
The HKUST-Huawei Joint Innovation Lab focuses on R&D in information and communications technology. It enables multi-dimensional collaboration among world-class researchers and engineers in Hong Kong. In the past triennium, over 25 such collaborations have been initiated.
IAS HKUST-Scripps R&D Laboratory
The IAS HKUST-Scripps R&D Laboratory was initiated by Prof. Paul Schimmel from Scripps and Prof. Mingjie Zhang from the Division of Life Science at HKUST and builds upon the partnership between aTyr Pharma/Pangu BioPharma (of which Prof. Paul Schimmel is a founder) and HKUST. The partnership has become a model government (Innovation Technology Commission), university (HKUST) and industry (aTyr/Pangu) collaboration. The lab is actively translating basic biotechnology research into thriving clinical therapies.
HKUST-DT System and Media Lab (SyMLab)
Deutsche Telekom AG, Laboratories (T-Labs) is supporting the HKUST System and Media Lab (SyMLab), to conduct pilot research in the areas of augmented reality (AR), mobile computing and networking, social networking and media, Internet services, cloud computing, and complex systems. SyMLab has the vision of bringing cutting-edge system and media research to Asia by providing an excellent academic research environment with strong ties to industries. SyMLab will act as a strategic partner and bridge for Deutsche Telekom AG to access the research and innovation landscapes of greater China, and for talented researchers in China to connect with the rest of the world.

To facilitate knowledge transfer, HKUST has also established collaborations with international companies and universities:
  • UC RUSAL—the world's largest aluminum producer
  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)—a reputable graduate-level research institution in Saudi Arabia
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—one of the most prestigious universities in the world
More information about these collaborations can be found here.