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The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) was set as a key initiative in the HKUST Strategic Plan 2005-2020. Details

IAS was established, with former HKUST President Prof Paul Chu as the Founding Director. Details

On 15 June, world-renowned scientist and cosmologist Prof Stephen Hawking delivered an inaugural lecture for the Institute. Details

HKUST received the first oversea donation from the US based T. T. & W. F. Chao Foundation (US$ 2.6 million; approximately HK$ 20 million) for setting up an Endowed Chair Professorship for IAS. Details

In November, HKUST launched IAS HKUST-Scripps R&D Laboratory. Details

HKUST became one of only three universities in China with which the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton had entered into partnership. In January, IAS International Advisory Board members had their first meeting at HKUST. Details

HKUST celebrated the commencement of construction of Business Building and Institute for Advanced Study. Details

In September, IAS organized the first UC RUSAL President's Forum for bringing international politicians, businessmen, scholars and scientists to share their success stories and solutions for global challenges. Details

In January, Professor Henry Tye, a distinguished Physicist and Cosmologist, was appointed as Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. Details

IAS moved to the IAS building (Lo Ka Chung Building) atop the newly development Lee Shau Kee Campus on 17 June.

On 27 November, IAS was officially named as HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. The inauguration of three IAS named professorships took place on the same day. Details

On 18 December, IAS held its 500th event – Distinguished Lecture given by IAS Visiting Professor Jeff Wu. Details

Professor Andrew Cohen, a leading expert in the field of theoretical particle physics, has assumed duty as the second Director of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. Details