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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
Institution The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Location Tai Po Tsai , New Territories, Hong Kong
PresidentGloria Chiu 2016-17
Membersc. 8,000 total
Affiliations Hong Kong Federation of Students
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union
Traditional Chinese 香港科技大學學生會
Yue: Cantonese
Yale Romanization Hēung góng fō geih daaih hohk hohk sāang wuih
Jyutping Hoeng1 gong2 fo1 gei6 daai6 hok6 hok6 saang1 wui6

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union (HKUSTSU; Chinese : 香港科技大學學生會) is the students’ union at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology .

The union is an organisation registered with the Hong Kong Police Force under the Societies Ordinance (Cap. 151 of the Laws of Hong Kong ), independent from the University but officially recognized by the university administration, other organizations include than Student Ambassador [1] and HKUST International Students Association [2]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Objectives
  • 3 Structure
    • 3.1 Executive Committee
    • 3.2 Council
    • 3.3 Court
    • 3.4 Editorial Board
  • 4 Activities
    • 4.1 Affiliated societies
    • 4.2 Services and outlets
    • 4.3 Publications
    • 4.4 Campaigning
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

History[ edit ]

The idea of a students’ union representing all HKUST students was conceived as soon as the first ever cohort of HKUST students started school in 1991. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union was officially established a year later after lengthy preparation process.

Through a referendum staged in 2013, the union decided to affiliate itself to the Hong Kong Federation of Students , being the last university students’ union to do so. [3] The union remains one of the four member organisations of the federation, with no disaffiliation referendum being requisitioned during the 2015 disaffiliation movement in other universities . [4]

Objectives[ edit ]

As delineated in the Constitution of the HKUSTSU, the union aims to:

  • To promote social, culture, sporting and academic activities amongst members.
  • To promote civic consciousness amongst members.
  • To promote the welfare of members.
  • To represent members in matters affecting their interest.
  • To facilitate the development of the University.

Structure[ edit ]

The ultimate authority within the union is vested in resolutions passed by Referendums, whilst the second highest authority is the General Meeting.

The union consists of four independent statutory bodies, namely the Executive Committee, the Council, the Court, and the Editorial Board, which act as the executive, legislative, judicial branches and the press agency respectively. [5]

Office-bearers for the Executive Committee and the Editorial Board, as well as Popularly Elected Councillors for the Council, are elected in the Annual Elections held every year in February. Councillors other than the ten popularly elected seats are returned by nomination of their respective representations, while judges of the Court would be appointed by the Council or a general meeting under the recommendation of the Judge Recommendation Committee.

Executive Committee[ edit ]

The Executive Committee (幹事會) is the executive branch of the union, responsible for the day-to-day administration of the union. It also possesses the authority of representing all union members to participate in external affairs.

Headed by the President, the Vice-President (Internal) and Vice-President (External) of the union, A number of standing committees are formed under the Executive Committee to take care of issues regarding the Union and its members. These include Academic Affairs, External and Current Affairs, International Affairs, Public Relations, Publication, Social Activities, Orientation Affairs, University Affairs, and Welfare Matters.

Council[ edit ]

The Council (評議會) acts as the legislature branch formed by representatives from different fields within the Union. There are a total of 34 seats to be filled by representatives of the Executive Committee, the Editorial Board, House Student Associations, Independent Clubs Association and Sports Association, Art and Cultural Clubs, school and departmental societies, as well as another 10 seats popularly elected by all union members. [6]

It is responsible for legislation and regulation of finance and operations of Union, including the holding of all elections regarding the union; consideration and approval of applications for affiliation to the Union; supervision, advice, proposing and passing rules and regulations on all sub-organisations; interpretation of and proposing amendment to the Constitution of Union; as well as the consideration and approval of Master Budget of the Union and applications for Union subsidies. [7]

To practice the above duties, the Council has five standing committees, namely the Affiliated Societies Committee, the Constitution Committee, the Council Administration Committee, the Election Committee and the Finance Committee. [8]

Court[ edit ]

Chaired by the Chief Justice, The Court (仲裁會) is the judiciary body of HKUSTSU, responsible for settling disputes within the Union in a court setting arbitrated by judges. It also provides interpretation to the Constitution when need arises. [9]

Editorial Board[ edit ]

Being the sole press agency within the university, The Editorial Board (編輯委員會) is responsible for maintaining WINGS (振翅) and WINGS High Fly Post (振翅之高飛報), the official publications of Union, providing chances for the free expressions of opinion among the student body.

It is responsible for the enrichment of students’ awareness on university affairs, social issues and lifestyle, as well as the promotion of literary development within the university. The board also monitors the other organs of the union thru the pressure of public opinion. [10]

The board consists of an Editor-in-Chief, two Assistant Editors-in-Chief, a Financial Controller, an Administrative Officer, a Marketing Officer as well as a number of Feature Editors and Designers. [11]

Activities[ edit ]

Affiliated societies[ edit ]

There are over 100 affiliated societies of different interests and academic disciplines affiliated to the union, under control and supervision by the Union Council’s Affiliated Societies Committee (ASC). Apart from the “sponsored student groups” sponsored by the university’s Student Affairs Office (SAO), all student societies recognised by the university authority are affiliated under the Students’ Union.

There are six types of affiliated societies in HKUST:

  • Independent Clubs Association (ICA) and Independent Clubs – mainly interest clubs and often local chapters of inter-university or international organisations. Societies not falling into any of the following classifications shall be affiliated to ICA.
  • Art and Cultural Clubs (ACC) – societies promoting art and cultural purposes.
  • Sports Association (SA) and Sports Clubs
  • House Associations – students’ societies of the undergraduate student halls affiliated to the Students’ Union. Such organisations, which exist in the five older undergraduate halls (UG Hall I-IV, PG Hall II), organise extra-circular activities for their members so as to instil a sense of belonging and unity.
  • Departmental Societies – most academic departments and programmes of study of the university have their own student societies. These societies would organise different activities to serve students of their corresponding departments.
  • School Societies – societies representing students of the four schools and the Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

According to the Internal Regulations of the Union, all affiliated societies must bear “, HKUSTSU” as the suffix of their full name in English (while in Chinese, “香港科技大學學生會” must be added as the prefix). The suffix is omitted in the following list for the sake of clarity.

List of HKUST Students’ Union societies
ICA and Independent Clubs
  • Independent Clubs Association
  • Art Club
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • China Entrepreneur Network
  • China Study Society
  • Chinese Culture Society
  • Chinese Folk Art Society
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Christian Choir
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Comics and Animation Society
  • Contract Bridge Club
  • Culinary Art and Culture Society
  • Current Affairs Research Enlightenment
  • Debating Society
  • Drama Society
  • Film Society
  • Games Society
  • Golden Z Club
  • Greater China Vision
  • Hong Kong Career Match Association
  • International Cuisine Society
  • Korean Students’ Association
  • Magic Club
  • Model United Nations Society
  • Nature Club
  • People’s Campus Radio
  • Progressust
  • Rotaract Club of HKUST
  • South Asian Students’ Society
  • Student Astronomy Club
  • Student Social Service Society
  • Taiwanese Students’ Association
  • The Band Society
  • The Catholic Society
  • The Hong Kong Award for Young People User Unit
  • The Linguistics Society
  • The Photographic Society
  • The University Choir
  • University Philharmonic Orchestra
  • University YMCA – HKUST
  • Yo-hoo Club
House Associations
  • The Undergraduate House One Students’ Association
  • VERTEX, House II Students’ Association
  • Glacier, HOUSE III Students’ Association
  • Vista, House IV Students’ Association
  • Endeavour, House V Students’ Association
School Societies
  • The Business Students’ Union
  • The Engineering Students’ Union
  • The Humanities and Social Science Students’ Union
  • Interdisciplinary Programs Students’ Union
  • Science Students’ Union
Departmental Societies of the School of Business and Management
  • Accounting Students’ Society
  • Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management Students’ Society
  • Management Students’ Association
  • The Economics Students’ Society
  • The Finance Students’ Society
  • The Marketing Students’ Society
Departmental Societies of the School of Engineering
  • Computer Engineering Students’ Society
  • Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management Students’ Society
  • Mechanical Engineering Students’ Association
  • The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Students’ Society
  • The Civil and Environmental Engineering Students’ Society
  • The Computer Science and Engineering Students’ Society
  • The Electronic and Computer Engineering Students’ Society
Departmental Societies of the School of Science
  • Biochemistry Students’ Society
  • Chemistry Students’ Society
  • International Research Enrichment Students’ Society
  • Mathematics Students’ Society
  • The Biology Students’ Society
  • The Physics Students’ Society
Departmental Societies for Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Environment Students’ Society
  • Risk Management and Business Intelligence Students’ Association
Sports Association and Sports Club
  • Sports Association
  • Archery Club
  • Cricket Club
  • Dance Society
  • Distance Runners’ Club
  • Fencing Club
  • Gym and Fitness Society
  • Handball Club
  • Hockey Club
  • Judo Club
  • Kendo Club
  • Korfball Club
  • Rowing Club
  • Rugby Club
  • Shaolin Martial Arts Club
  • Social Dance Society
  • Softball Club
  • Sport Climbing Students’ Society
  • Squash Club
  • Student Basketball Club
  • Students’ Badminton Club
  • Students’ Football Club
  • Students’ Karate Club
  • Students’ Swimming Club
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Taekwondo Club
  • Tai Chi Club
  • Tchoukball Club
  • The Netball Club
  • The Student Tennis Club
  • Track and Field Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Wing Chun Martial Arts Society

Services and outlets[ edit ]

The union operates a Print Shop at the university’s LG5 Student Amenities, providing photocopying and printing service to the public. A Students’ Union Co-op Shop is also operated by the union, selling stationery, snacks and electronic devices at a discounted price to union members.

Publications[ edit ]

Campaigning[ edit ]

After the 2014 Hong Kong protests , the union has been campaigning heavily for institutional autonomy . In March 2015, Andrew Liao was appointed as chairman of the Council, the supreme governing body of the HKUST, by Chief Executive CY Leung . As Liao was regarded as a keen supporter of Leung, the union issued a statement in opposition of the appointment on the grounds that it constituted alleged nepotism . In response to the union’s statement, the government defended its decision as abiding by the rule of meritocracy . [12]

In March 2016, three motions were put to referendum, calling for the abolition of the practice of HKSAR Chief Executive being the ex-officio university chancellor, the removal of Chief Executive’s power of directly appointing University Council members, and the enhancement in the proportion of elected representatives from the student, faculty and alumni bodies, respectively. Submitted by the union executive committee, these motions were passed and became the official stance of the union. [13]

References[ edit ]

  1. ^ “Meet us | HKUST UG Admissions” . HKUST UG Admissions. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

  2. ^ “HKUST International Students Association” . Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ “科大學生會經公投加入學聯” . Apple Daily . 17 March 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  4. ^ “City University is latest to leave Hong Kong Federation of Students” . South China Morning Post . 7 May 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  5. ^ “Union Structure” . The Executive Committee, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  6. ^ “Councilors” . The Council, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  7. ^ “Constitution of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Students’ Union” . The Council, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  8. ^ “Standing Committees” . The Council, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  9. ^ “The Court, HKUSTSU” . The Court Board, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  10. ^ “About EB” . The Editorial Board, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  11. ^ “Current Year” . The Editorial Board, HKUSTSU. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  12. ^ “Government response to HKUSTSU statement” . Hong Kong Government Press Releases. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  13. ^ “科大公投贊成廢特首校監制” . Apple Daily . 20 March 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2016.

External links[ edit ]

  • The Executive Committee, HKUSTSU
  • The Editorial Board, HKUSTSU
  • The Council, HKUSTSU
  • The Court, HKUSTSU

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