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Why HKU Science

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in Asia (2024)


in the world (2025)



World University Rankings


in Asia (2024)


in the world (2024)



in Impact Ranking (2020)



Global recognition

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QS World University Rankings by subject 2024


Biological Sciences




Earth & Marine Sciences


Environmental Sciences


Materials Science




Physics & Astronomy


Statistics & Operational Research


World University Rankings

THE World University Rankings by subject 2024


Life Sciences


Physical Sciences



Prestigious Awards and Honours

  • Nobel Prize Laureate
  • Members of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
  • International Member for US National Academy of Sciences
  • Foreign Member of Academia Europaea 
  • State Natural Science Award, China
  • Chern Prize
  • Chinese Chemical Society’s Contribution Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry
  • Dow Lectureship at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Future Science Prize – Mathematics and Computer Science Prize
  • L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science
  • National Excellent Young Scientists Fund
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Lectureship and Medal, UK 
  • Silver Bauhinia Star
  • Tan Kah Kee Science Award in Mathematics & Physics
  • Tencent New Cornerstone Investigator Program
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Top-ranked Scientists 

According to Clarivate Analytics’ Essentials Science Indicators, 18.3% of our professoriate staff (average over the past decade) are classified Top 1% scholars


Research Eminence

  • Strives for research excellence
  • Most supportive of interdisciplinary research
  • World class facilities
  • Leads 6 Areas of Excellence (AoE) projects to facilitate international and inter-institutional collaborations (2 ongoing projects are 2D Materials Research: Fundamentals Towards Emerging Technologies and Chemical Biology Approach to Molecular Medicine)
  • Leads a State Key Laboratory in Synthetic Chemistry
  • Partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for 3 HKU-CAS Joint Laboratories (Chemical Geodynamics, Chemical Synthesis, and New Materials)