Message from Program Directors

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Significant advances in biotechnology in recent years have unleashed the enormous potential of this industrial sector in Hong Kong and Greater China, thus fueling the demand for professionals with strong life science and business backgrounds. To address this regional demand, the Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and Business (BIBU) program has been launched at HKUST since the 2016/17 academic year.

The program, jointly offered by the School of Science and the School of Business and Management, is the first undergraduate program in Hong Kong to offer rigorous training in both biotechnology and business, and is designed to prepare students for successful careers within the biotechnology industry.

The interdisciplinary curriculum, which comprises about equal number of courses in science and business, equips students with a solid foundation of essential technical knowledge (e.g., recombinant DNA technology, bioprocessing, and genetic engineering) and business know-how (accounting, economics, operations management, and many others).

Through this unique program, our students will gain transferrable skill-sets to place them in good stead in the increasingly competitive job market. This four-year interdisciplinary program also aims to enhance students’ creative and critical thinking abilities, while providing them with a global outlook on biotechnology development and applications. 

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Prof. Kenny K Chung

Co-Director of BSc in Biotechnology and Business Program
Associate Professor of Life Science

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Prof. Bilian NI SULLIVAN

Co-Director of BSc in Biotechnology and Business
Program Associate Professor of Management and HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies