The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been ranked number 20 by The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) in its league table of the World's Top 100 Universities in Engineering & IT, and number 50 in its league table of the World's Top 100 Universities in Science.
The news, released on December 10, comes just weeks after the publication's sister paper, The Times of London, ranked HKUST 42nd in its assessment of the world's top 200 universities.
HKUST joins the University of California Berkeley (1), Imperial College London (5), and Peking University (10) among the leading institutions in engineering/IT; and Cambridge University (1), Harvard University (3) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (5) among the leading institutions in science. It is the only Hong Kong representative to attain a top 50 place.
"Seeing our name alongside such renowned schools as these, the THES tables make clear that HKUST has generated tremendous respect in the academic community during the last 13 years.
"This is especially true in terms of the reputation our Schools of Engineering and Science have built for the quality of their teaching, and for the standard and breadth of their research," said Prof Paul Chu, President of HKUST.
The THES tables are novel because they are based purely on a peer review of 1,300 active academics across the world.
As such, the THES comments that its rankings "have the status of a global opinion poll [in which] the participants were academics in an increasingly international system, giving their verdict on subjects in which they are expert".