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Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of HKUST:

I write to inform you that I will be stepping down as President of HKUST, effective 1 September, 2018.

By then I would have served almost nine years in the role. I firmly believe we have built a solid foundation during this time and the University is on an excellent trajectory to reach further heights in the years to come.

Since arriving in 2009, I have dedicated myself to the university with passion and I am very proud of what we have achieved together in that time. After implementing two five-year strategic plans, we are now seeing the results of this vision. Our global recognition and ranking have been on an upward trend. We have infrastructure projects in the pipeline, made possible by some successful fundraising, as part of the new Campus Master Plan and these will help improve student life. I am very pleased with the 1-HKUST spirit now embraced by our community and I am heartened by a campus culture that reflects a set of recently introduced core values. Today, thanks to our combined efforts, HKUST is viewed as one of the best universities in the world.

Therefore, reflecting on our successes, I feel that this is a good juncture for me to step aside and allow a new President with fresh ideas to take the university to the next level. This will also allow me to start planning the next stage in my own life and career. I will step aside with no regrets but only terrific memories and great pride. In the interim, I will assist the University in the search for my successor.

I thank all of you sincerely for your support and partnership during my term as President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I look forward to working with all of you closely for the remainder of my term to continue to achieve the strategic goals of the university. I will always consider myself a member of the HKUST family and you can be assured that my memories from HKUST will follow me wherever I go.


Tony Chan

9 June 2017