Academic and research collaboration between HKUST and the University of Toronto will be stepped up in the future, with the signing of a new agreement in April that will promote a joint venture in PhD education and enable PhD students studying in the field of engineering in either institution to go on academic exchange to the partner university.
Dean of Engineering Prof Khaled Ben Letaief said the strategic alliance would promote and enhance engineering teaching, learning and research, signaling the two universities' common goal to take engineering development to the next level. The joint venture in PhD education would provide an exciting and diversified learning experience for School of Engineering doctoral candidates, he noted.
The University of Toronto is a leading global university that was ranked No. 17 in the QS World University Rankings in 2013 and No. 20 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2013-2014. The School of Engineering already has active ties with the Canadian institution, with several University of Toronto alumni among current faculty members.
Other major international partners working with the School include Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton in the US, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Tsinghua University in Mainland China, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Korea.