Sharing by Kevin CHAN (Hong Kong SAR, Class of 2022)
Coming from a relatively small university in Germany my first impression of HKUST was overwhelming. The size, the view, the offers and opportunities, and the organisation of everything were just amazing. I would highly recommend international students to arrive a little early for their studies to enjoy all this before classes start. Because the name „University of Stress and Tension“ certainly doesn’t come from nothing. But this stress also has a bright side to it. My M.Sc. program in IT focused on very recent topics in IT in general in machine learning in particular and the workload was heavy from beginning to end. But with a special emphasis on practical knowledge through course projects, I felt that I really learned something that I could use and apply in my future career. I probably never learned that much in one year before and having this knowledge now gives me high confidence for my job applications
The MSc(IT) programme offers a great variety of courses to students and we can choose any of them based on our own interests. The professors are able to deliver state-of-the-art knowledge and inspire me a lot during the lectures. Also, we might choose to undertake an independent project to gain hands-on experience. For me, I have developed a machine learning-based application for multimedia databases. This experience is valuable to me as it gives me both research and practical experience. It also allows me to develop soft skills such as communication and presentation skills. I believe the programme benefits me a lot as it has broadened my horizon and helped me to find the area that I am most passionate about and be prepared for my future career. My one final piece of advice for future MSc(IT) candidates is that: Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful sea view in HKUST as it helps you to relieve yourself during stressful times.
Post: Software engineer
I was admitted to Master of Science program in Information Technology at HKUST in Fall 2020. Before my postgrad, I graduated from the University of Waterloo and worked as a software engineer at Amazon, focusing on data product development.
I chose this program because of its reputation and the program setup. After attending this program, I can proudly say that the experience was far beyond positive. The program provides comprehensive CS knowledge taught by well reputed, experienced professors. As an engineer, the knowledge I learned from the program is quite often used in my daily routine, such as cryptography, data mining & handling, etc.
Overall I definitely enjoyed this program and it was amazing to become a student again after being in the industry for a while.
It has been a precious and joyful journey for me to study at MSc IT Program.
The Program enriched my knowledge in computer science and information technology. I learned to identify real-world IT problems from different dimensions and perspectives and develop solutions to address those problems effectively.
I also found my passion to explore unknown fields in computer science and information technology. The courses profoundly broadened our visions in such fields, which would be of great help to our career development and scientific research studies in the future.
It is worth mentioning that it is a wonderful life experience studying and living here with first-class facilities and a beautiful environment.
Taking MSc IT program has been an awesome experience for me. I really liked the courses offered by the program which gave me a perfect mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge that I sought by pursuing a Master's degree. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, and very approachable which made the learning experience more enjoyable. The program has provided me with the tools to effectively translate strategic goals and enables me to achieve my career goals (both short-term and long-term).
Really had a pleasant time at HKUST studying this program for the year, made some good friends from different countries, and learned a lot from them.
The MSc IT has been the most fulfilling year of my education so far. The diversity among the students, as well as outstanding professors, provided an unparalleled learning atmosphere. There is a broad selection of courses that have been relevant for my future career.
HKUST has one of the best study environments I’ve encountered and is extremely accessible and Hong Kong is an amazing location. Whenever I wanted a break, I was able to put on my hiking boots and explore any of the breathtaking trails all over the city. I couldn’t recommend Hong Kong and the MSc IT program at HKUST enough, it has truly been an unforgettable experience.
To advance the existing knowledge level, pursuing a Master's degree was imminent, and being accepted to one of the many competitive programs at HKUST definitely conferred a measure of prestige. Appreciable of one's time and investment, courses are well-wrought to equip students with the most updated skills. An esteemed teaching faculty encourages you to follow your passions, providing you with all their expertise and resources. Overall, HKUST has a conducive atmosphere that continually reminds you to never cease to learn.
The year of taking the MSc(IT) Program gave me more than I have expected and it is definitely an extremely enjoyable and invaluable experience for those who intend to go further in the research area or chase a better career in the IT industry. World-class professors organized a wide range of advanced courses which were presented in a clear and fascinating way. Meanwhile, multiple opportunities are provided for us to put what we have learned into practice and to handle real problems. Furthermore, the passion from the professors encouraged me to learn more, especially some cutting-edge topics. It has not only stimulated my interests in learning some particular dimensions in-depth, but also broadened my view in various aspects of IT. All in all, I highly appreciate that professors shared their insights and inspired me to keep an enthusiastic attitude and put all my efforts to learn what I'm really interested in.
I’ve loved my year of MSc IT study at HKUST. It offered me a wide selection of courses that are a great asset in my career. My classmates are from diverse cultures and academic backgrounds, all sharing the same interest in technology. Collaborating to accomplish course projects are unforgettable experiences. I wish the program could have been longer.