University campuses offer a unique setting to explore at scale the complex overlay of technical, social and environmental systems that support life in a city or a country. HKUST(GZ) recognizes this opportunity, taking a systems approach to the design of its infrastructure and support facilities, and making them visible and accessible to the HKUST community. This allows research and learning activities to extend well beyond laboratories and classrooms, transforming the whole campus into a living open experiment.

Further efforts through the “Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab” launched in 2018 at the Clear Water Bay campus and its dedicated University funding have elevated and encouraged many students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join together to turn ideas into action and implement them on our beautiful campus. Ideas and efforts will be expanded to cover both campuses in Clear Water Bay and Guangzhou under the “Unified HKUST, Complementary Campuses” vision.