HKUST strongly supports gender parity in higher education and in particular science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We value diversity and reduce stereotypes for greater educational outcomes and a more balancing society. For this year’s International Women’s Day, the University has planned a series of events, including a Movie Night, Women in Innovation Forum, Librarian’s Choices of Book Recommendations and many other activities, which will be held by different Schools from February onwards.
Show your support by joining any of our events, or simply be our ambassador to spread the message in person or in social media. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #HKUST #IWDatHKUST in your messages!
2018 Campaign Theme
The theme of 2018 IWD@HKUST is #itsME. At HKUST, we focus on grooming our students’ individuality and their holistic development as a person. Each individual is unique and everyone can do what he/she loves and desires, and gender should never be an issue which hinders one from going beyond further. HKUST would like to take this precious opportunity to dedicate the IWD campaign to all who support gender parity.
Women Faculty Association
Diversity drives ideas and liberates minds. There have been many studies showing the benefit of gender diversity in terms of organizational efficiency. With the strong support of the Provost Professor Wei Shyy, the Women Faculty Association at HKUST was established in November 2011 by a group of like-minded women faculty from all Schools at HKUST – School of Engineering, Science, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science and Interdisciplinary Program Office, with the mission “to actively promote a diverse, inclusive, equitable and intellectually vibrant environment” at our university.
With support from the dedicated donors, WISE Scholarships was set up in 2012/13 to encourage top caliber female students among the JUPAS pool to join our School of Science, School of Engineering or Interdisciplinary Programs Office. Female students with strong interests in science or engineering who obtain Level 5** in at least 1 Category A subject are eligible to be considered. On top of academic strengths, WISE Scholars are expected to demonstrate non-academic talents, achievements in science and technology competitions, and good interview performance.
International Women's Day
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911. IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress