The Fok Ying Tung Graduate School (FYTGS) was established in 2006, as the fifth School of the University. It will play a key role in the University's plans for China, as embodied in its 15-year Strategic Plan Vision 2020.
The Graduate School campus which is located at Nansha, was officially opened on 25 January 2007. The School currently has twelve research centers and two central research facilities, spanning the University's core research and technology areas, including bio-science and bio-engineering, environment, IT and electronics, and advanced materials.
The long term goal of these centers is to become research leaders in their respective fields, in the region and beyond. Their focus will be on frontier research as well as in those research areas which will benefit the nation.
The Centers will contribute to the economic and technology development of Hong Kong and the region through assisting industries in the region to solve their scientific and technology problems. They will be able to promote innovation and technology, and encourage local and regional value-added, which will directly or indirectly contribute to job creation, training and internship opportunities and increase overall productivity.
On receiving approval from the Ministry of Education of China, the School also plans to offer Master's degree programs, which will play a vital role in terms of the education, training and skills upgrading, of professionals and researchers. This will help accelerate the pace for Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta regions to become a knowledge-based society.
The establishment of the School has been made possible by the late Dr Henry Fok Ying Tung and Mr Ho Ming See through their donations from the Fok Ying Tung Foundation and the Ming Yuan Development Company respectively.
The campus of the Fok Ying Tung Graduate School is in Nansha, Guangzhou, just 75km, or 75 minutes by ferry from Hong Kong. Nansha is strategically well placed as it sits at the center of the Pearl River Delta. It will provide both the Fok Ying Tung Graduate School and HKUST a useful base to realize its China plan, as well as its vision to become a leading university with significant international impact and strong local commitment.