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Logistics Engineering and Management Education and Research in Hong Kong

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Established in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is one of the nine universities located in Hong Kong. Since its opening, the HKUST has established itself as an intellectual powerhouse, energizing the community's transformation into a knowledge-based society, and securing a place on the academic world map in record-breaking time.

An innovator in research and teaching, HKUST is the only science and technology research university in Hong Kong, and the only one to offer an all-PhD faculty. Globally, connections with leading institutions are actively pursued through academic partnerships with the world's top universities, and memberships in such organizations as the Association of East Asian Research Universities and Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

HKUST was the first university in Hong Kong to offer the degree program in logistics management. Since its establishment in 1993, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM) has made notable strides. The faculty is made up of world-class scholars from top universities including Columbia University, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, MIT, Northwestern University, UC Berkeley and Yale; many of them also have years of experience working in the industry with large multi-national corporations. The department was selected twice as the Best Educational Course Provider of the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Award.

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Academic Programs


Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering (IELM): Bachelor of Engineering in IELM students learn strategic, mathematical and economic principles of the movement of materials, information and money through the whole distribution network, from suppliers to end-users. The program seeks to provide students with both engineering and business and management contexts for logistics activities, producing logistics engineers and managers who can answer the needs of today’s global economy.
  • Dual Degree Program: BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering and BBA in General Business Management

Masters Degree Programs

  • MSc in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management: This unique Master of Science (MSc) Program in Engineering Enterprise Management is the result of collaboration between the School of Engineering and the School of Business and Management. It is specially designed for professionals with technical background, industry managers, as well as practicing engineers and scientists of all disciplines who desire more advanced and up-to-date training to launch or further their career in future global enterprise management - either in the service or manufacturing industry.

Research Programs

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management: The MPhil degree normally requires two years of full-time study after completion of a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related area. The MPhil focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge in their chosen area of concentration, and training for engineering research and development.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management: Students who wish to pursue a career in advanced industrial research and development, or university research and teaching can apply to join the Department’s PhD program. This program emphasizes training in original thinking and independent research. Students can design their program of study to suit their interests and needs. The program should cover a specialized area in industrial engineering and at least one minor area, and must be approved by the thesis advisory committee.

HKUST Hong Kong Features

HKUST combines academic insights with innovative instruction to produce a unique environment for teaching and learning. Pioneering programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, contribute to HKUST's reputation for both academic excellence and relevance. Teachers and students alike participate in research-based teaching, working together on the search for new discoveries, the transfer of knowledge, and the application of that knowledge to new ideas, new technologies, new businesses and directions for future learning.

  • Campus: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is housed in a hillside and waterfront complex overlooking Port Shelter on the Clear Water Bay peninsula, less than 30 minutes drive time from central Hong Kong.
  • Accreditation: HKUST is a public university in Hong Kong. BEng in Logistics Management and Engineering (IELM) is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates will become full members of the Institution after acquiring sufficient working experience. In addition, IELM graduates can receive full exemption from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK).
  • Rankings and Awards: HKUST is No. 1 in World's Top 200 Asian Universities (2011 QS Asian University Rankings). School of Engineering is No. 20, World's Top 50 Universities in Engineering and Technology (2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings).
  • Career Center: The Career Center at HKUST helps understand the trends and prospects of your favorite industries, develop your career competencies, obtain up-to-date job information for internships, part-time or graduate employment, get prepared for the competitive job search process or need advice on making tough career decision.
  • IELM Career Opportunities: IELM graduates have been employed in companies including BMW, Hong Kong Bank, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola Semiconductors and Deloitte & Touch Consulting, in public organizations and start-up enterprises. Work areas cover financial engineering and analysis, software engineering, management trainee programs and logistics planning and management, among others.
  • Internship: Internships can take various forms – part time during semester time, full time during semester time (you have to apply for study leave in such situation) and full time during winter break or summer. Opportunities are available in Hong Kong, mainland China or abroad.
  • Student Exchange: HKUST has a diverse undergraduate student population with about 600 exchange students and 300 full-time non-local students arriving each year. HKUST also sends about 600 exchange students abroad each year to experience living and learning in a foreign educational setting. As well, there are many other study abroad opportunities for HKUST students such as overseas internships, service learning projects and language study.
  • Housing: The on-campus residential halls provide a total of 2,926 places in double or triple rooms for UG students in UG Hall I to VI and 356 places in single or double rooms for UG students in Chan Sui Kau and Chan Lam Moon Chun Hall (UG Hall VII). There are 120 places in single rooms for Taught Postgraduate Students (TPgs) and 850 places in single or double rooms for Research Postgraduate Students (TPgs).

LAST UPDATED ON Dec 15, 2017

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