Welcome to the Center for Language Education at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Our Vision is to be recognized as an international leader in language education through innovative program design, scholarship of teaching and learning, effective use of assessment and state-of-the-art applications of technology. Our e-learning strategy is underpinned by our pedagogic principles.

We are committed to doing our part to ensure UST’s international ranking as an English medium instruction university in Hong Kong. All undergraduate students need to fulfil a language requirement of one Chinese and four English courses. This ensures that students are not only able to succeed at UST, but also well placed to succeed professionally in the global job market as multilingual members of society.

Our Mission is:

  • To make maximum impact upon UST students’ competence in English, with a focus on academic literacy and discipline-related language.

  • To ensure that all undergraduate and postgraduate students are equipped with adequate English for successful completion of their studies through the medium of English.

  • To provide appropriate training in Chinese communication for local and non-local students.

  • To develop UST students’ intercultural awareness through a range of informal language activities, including local and overseas immersion and the study of Third Languages.

Our Faculty members include over 80 highly qualified and experienced language professionals who take a scholarly approach to their teaching. We teach language to all HKUST Undergraduate and Postgraduates, with over 6,000 students on our courses every year. We also contribute to our School’s MA in International Language Education providing input on both the specialized concentrations: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL).

Our Center enjoys a prominent location on our campus in Clear Water Bay, with a Language Commons where all are welcome to come and use our resources to develop their language and intercultural communication skills. Whether you are local or international, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Director's Welcome