About ASPIRE

Member Universities


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

HKUST was established in 1991 for the advancement of learning and scholarship. With nearly 550 faculty and 14,000 students, (a third pursuing postgraduate degrees, and about the same number are international students), HKUST is committed to diversity and a strong focus in research and postgraduate education.
HKUST’s achievements in research and increased global recognition has earned it outstanding research ratings by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC), whose 2014 Research Assessment Exercise recognized HKUST as the institution with the highest proportion of internationally excellent research work.
HKUST will continue to be a catalyst for change, shaping future knowledge and developing tomorrow’s leaders. It will build on its strengths to push forward research frontiers, spearhead discovery and innovation, build strategic partnerships and transfer new knowledge to the community.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

KAIST, a research university established in 1971, has served as the gateway to advanced science, technology, and innovation for Korea. To meet the growing demand for young, competent global leaders, KAIST has developed itself as a global arena for interdisciplinary education and research opportunities with 5 colleges, 6 schools, and 29 departments/divisions. With 1,112 faculty members working with 10,633 students, KAIST focuses on creating an atmosphere for interdisciplinary communication and collaboration for its academic units in all of its three campuses in Daejeon and Seoul to stimulate the innovative leadership and entrepreneurship needed to develop technology for the advancement of the world and for sustainable economic growth. KAIST also endeavors to strengthen its network to provide its constituents with collaboration opportunities with prominent global partners from academia and industry.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally and 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. It is also No. 1 among top Asian universities in Normalised Citation Impact (Thomson Reuters InCites 2015). Young and research-intensive, NTU is a melting pot of top scientists and eminent industry partners such as BMW and Rolls-Royce who have joint research labs on its campus. NTU offers engineering, science, business, humanities, arts and social sciences and has a joint medical school with Imperial College London. A cosmopolitan hub of more than 100 nationalities, the NTU community comprises 33,000 students and 4,000 faculty and researchers. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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The Hive is NTU’s latest architectural icon that is the centerpiece of NTU’s new flipped classroom learning.

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)

Tokyo Tech, founded in 1881, is the top national university for science and technology in Japan. The Institute’s more than 10,000 students, including 1,200 international students, and 1,140 faculty members are spread over three campuses in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Well-known for research strengths in a wide range of fields, including chemistry, materials science, biotechnology, mechanics and so on, Tokyo Tech is constantly seeking new research challenges and initiatives.
With a world-class education and research environment, Tokyo Tech cultivates globally-minded leaders in the fields of science and technology and contributes to the betterment of society through innovative research focusing on solutions to global issues.

Tsinghua University (Tsinghua)

Tsinghua University, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive research university with more than 45,000 students in 19 schools and 55 departments, covering disciplines in art, economics, education, engineering, history, management, medicine, law, literature, philosophy, and sciences. Drawing on a rich local tradition of academic excellence, Tsinghua is also a trusted global partner for researchers and academics, a first port of call for world business and political leaders, and a bridge to China for about 3,300 international students from 119 countries.
With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua is dedicated to producing elites and leaders that have made outstanding contributions to China’s technology development, economic growth, and social progress.