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Knowledge Transfer at HKUST

Definition (From UGC's) 

The systems and processes by which knowledge, including technology, know-how, expertise and skills are transferred between HKUST and society, leading to innovative, profitable or economic or social improvements.


We foster a university-wide culture of Knowledge Transfer to advance societal impact.


To be the exemplary institution in Knowledge Transfer for the best talents to congregate and collaborate while maintaining academic rigor and integrity.

Approved by Council (13 Oct 2017)


Vice-President for Research and Development


The Office of Knowledge Transfer (OKT) was established in 2014 and comprises the Technology Transfer Center (TTC), the HKUST R and D Corporation Limited (RDC) and the Entrepreneurship Center (EC). The OKT and its constituent units work with a range of stakeholders including government departments, the University Grants Committee, industries, NGOs, faculty, staff, students and alumni to promote, support and facilitate the University’s technology transfer and entrepreneurship endeavors.  

The OKT, under the leadership of Prof. Enboa Wu, the Associate Vice-President (Knowledge Transfer), provides overall coordination for knowledge transfer activities at HKUST’s Clear Water Bay campus and Guangzhou campus, respectively. 


Technology Transfer Center ( TTC )

The Technology Transfer Center (TTC) serves as a bridge between HKUST research community and the business sector, identifying collaboration opportunities in the local, regional and international markets based on HKUST's research strengths. TTC monitors primary and emerging fields of research within HKUST for early recognition of commercialization potential; manages intellectual properties arising from HKUST research works, supports faculty and students in their endeavors to pursue university-industry collaboration, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

Entrepreneurship Center (EC)

The HKUST Entrepreneurship Center was established in 1999. Its mission is to provide entrepreneurial support to students, alumni and staff. Its service consists of providing workshops and seminars as well as to run competitions to recognize and award entrepreneurial potentials. It also runs the BASE (a student entrepreneur lounge) and sponsors mentoring services.

HKUST R and D Corporation Ltd (RDC)

HKUST R and D Corporation Ltd (RDC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HKUST. It was incorporated in 1992 to serve as the business arm of the University to commercialize research conducted at HKUST. Through partnership and knowledge transfer with industry, the company assists the University to achieve its mission which relates to the economic development of Hong Kong.

HKUST-BDR Joint Research Institute (HBJRI)

The HKUST-BDR Joint Research Institute (HBJRI) provides a unique platform to facilitate and strengthen the collaboration between University and Industry in talent development and technology innovation, with focus on the mutually interested strategic areas including construction and restaurant robotics, artificial intelligence and big data, smart cities and smart living, thus supporting the transition of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area into a knowledge-based economy. The Guangdong Bright Dream Robotics Co. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Country Garden, will provide strong support for applied research and deployment of research results from the Joint Research Institute. For more information about HBJRI, please email

HKUST-Kaisa Joint Research Institute (HKJRI)

The HKUST-Kaisa Joint Research Institute (HKJRI), was established in November 2019 to develop technology and knowledge to be commercialized for practical applications and products via platforms of Kaisa Holdings Limited (Kaisa). HKJRI focuses on the technological areas of New Materials, IOT (Artificial Intelligence), Big Data, Fintech, and Healthcare Technology. HKJRI will work closely with Kaisa to facilitate the technology transfer process, including the formation of spin-off start-up companies, with strong supports from both TTC/OKT and Kaisa’s incubation hubs mainly in Shenzhen, China. For more information about HKJRI, please email

HKUST Collaborative Innovation Center (HCIC)

The HKUST Collaborative Innovation Center (HCIC) was jointly established by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI). HCIC aims to promote the various types of cooperation between HKUST and BICI in projects beneficial to both Parties and society. The main research areas for HCIC include, but not limited to, Advanced Materials and Devices, Electronics and Devices, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and Intelligent Systems and Robotics. For more information about HCIC, please email