Vice-President for Mainland Affairs

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

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Head of Research, Greater China

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Vice-President for Mainland Affairs

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice-President for Mainland Affairs.

The University

Founded in 1991, HKUST is an international research university dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering, business & management, and humanities & social science, and the education of the next generation of leaders for the world. With equal emphasis on undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as close collaboration with industry and business, HKUST is a leading university with significant international impact and strong local commitment. Within a short history of 32 years, HKUST has established a substantial presence in the global higher education sector and garnered considerable international recognition. HKUST ranks #2 in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings; #1 in Hong Kong and #3 in Greater China in the latest THE Global University Employability Ranking; and #7 in the latest THE Asia University Rankings. Its EMBA Program has topped the highly regarded Financial Times Global EMBA Rankings 11 times: in 2007, 2009-2013, 2016-2018, 2020 and 2022. Located on a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking the Clear Water Bay peninsula, HKUST also boasts one of the most scenic campuses in the world.

At the heart of the University’s pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and societal impact lies uncompromising efforts to recruit and retain the best talents globally and locally. HKUST comprises around 720 internationally respected and diverse faculty members, with about 10,000 undergraduate and 7,100 postgraduate students. The University seeks to diversify its critical mass of world-class academics, researchers, staff and students in order to drive cutting-edge education and research initiatives and deliver academic and administrative excellence. It promotes interdisciplinary studies and a strong entrepreneurial spirit in a diverse learning environment that enhances student development of creativity, innovative thinking and a global outlook. Proactive faculty recruitment is undertaken from around the world in all its disciplines. HKUST upholds the values of diversity and an inclusive and collaborative community. English is the language used in teaching, research and administration.

HKUST actively engages in opportunities for mutually beneficial collaborations with Mainland China institutions and cities. These ventures involve assisting research, widening the scope for research and development activities, elevating postgraduate education, and enhancing our reputation as a top tier institution. HKUST has engineered a three-part approach to building collaboration opportunities: forge relationships with new partners, expand partnerships with Mainland China institutions and nurture existing relationships with industry.

In September 2022, HKUST celebrated a new milestone in its engagement with the Mainland with the official opening of HKUST(Guangzhou). Under the “Unified HKUST, Complementary Campuses” framework, HKUST and HKUST(Guangzhou) are transforming education for the future, with the cross-disciplinary academic structure of HKUST(Guangzhou) complementing the well-established disciplinary foundation at the HKUST Clear Water Bay campus.

Further information about HKUST’s Mainland connections may be found here:

The Role

Reporting to the President of HKUST in Clear Water Bay, who also serves as Chairperson of the Governing Board of HKUST (Guangzhou), the Vice-President for Mainland Affairs will be responsible for managing all Mainland China related affairs of the University. The Vice-President for Mainland Affairs will work closely with the University’s Senior Management Team to develop effective and cohesive strategies and policies with a view to advancing the University’s vision, mission and strategic objectives.

The Candidate

The Vice-President for Mainland Affairs is expected to be a visionary and seasoned leader with outstanding academic and/or professional qualifications. The successful candidate should have a track record of proven leadership in Mainland China development; extensive experience in spearheading Mainland-related matters in sizeable organizations/institutions; broad networks with government and professional bodies in Hong Kong and the Mainland; demonstrated ability to coordinate across departments/divisions and different stakeholders to advance strategic objectives; as well as extensive administrative experience in integrating and coordinating Mainland activities.

Terms & Applications/Nominations

The post of Vice-President for Mainland Affairs is a full-time appointment, normally for an initial term of 5 years, and renewable subject to mutual agreement. Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided. The position will be based in Hong Kong at the HKUST Clear Water Bay campus.

How to apply

Applications should include the following:

  • a cover letter
  • a full curriculum vitae 
  • any other relevant supporting documents

Completed applications should be uploaded via this page.

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