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ASPIRE LeagueAsian Science and Technology PioneeringInstitutes of Research and Education

ASPIRE League OutlineASPIRE League Leadership (as of January 2017)The Asian Science and Technology PioneeringInstitutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE)League is a consortium of five leading science andtechnology universities in Asia.It aims to form a hub for innovation in Asia through theadvancement of science and technology and thedevelopment of human resources, thereby contributingto the realization of a sustainable world.The ASPIRE League pursues its objectives throughresearch collaboration and student exchanges.Prof. Nancy lpProf. Sung-Hyon Myaeng Prof. Er Meng HwaDr. Toshio MaruyamaProf. Shi YigongVice President for Researchand Graduate StudiesAssociate Vice President ofInternational OfficeVice PresidentHKUSTKAISTExecutive Vice President forEducation and InternationalAffairsSenior AdvisorNTU, SingaporeASPIRE League HistoryTsinghuaTokyo TechASPIRE League Member Universities2009・Five leading universities in science and technology in Asia HKUST, KAIST, NTU, Tokyo Tech and Tsinghua agreed to establish the Consortium of the World-Leading Technical Universities in Asia. (July)・A Joint Declaration was signed by the Consortium of the World-Leading Technical Universities in Asia and the IDEA League,a network of leading universities of science and technology in Europe. (October)2010・ASPIRE Forum “Science and Technology for a Sustainable World” held at Tokyo Tech (July)・In order to further the aims set out by the Consortium of the World-Leading Technical Universities in Asia,the five universities agreed to rename the consortium as the Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Researchand Education (ASPIRE) League. (July)2011Tsinghua University (Tsinghua)Korea Advanced Institute ofScience and Technology (KAIST)・ASPIRE Forum “Sustainability for the Globe: Energy and Environmental Issues” held at KAIST (July)2012・ASPIRE Forum “The Next Generation of Green Technology” held at KAIST (July)2013・ASPIRE Forum “The Development and Utilization of New Energy” held at Tsinghua (July)2014・ASPIRE Forum “The Role of New Materials Technology in New Energy R&D” held at Tsinghua (July)・ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy “Sustainable Energy and Environment(water, energy, climate change)” held at NTU (July)・ASPIRE E-Olympics held at KAIST (August)2015・ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy “Energy Challenges and Solutions in a Sustainable World” held at NTU (July)・ASPIRE Forum “Smart Green Cities” held at HKUST (July)2016・ASPIRE Forum “Developing Sustainable Urban Environment and Low Carbon Economy” held at HKUST (July)・ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy “Energy Challenges and Solutions in Today’s Context” held at NTU (July)Tokyo Institute of Technology(Tokyo Tech)The Hong Kong University ofScience and Technology (HKUST)Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

ASPIRE League ActivitiesStudent ExchangesFostering the young talent that will be able to tackle importantissues in today’s global society is one of the League’sobjectives. In pursuit of this common goal, member universitiesare encouraged to provide educational opportunities to thestudents of other member universities. The League offersvarious academic and cultural exchange opportunities, such asthe ASPIRE Undergraduate Research Academy (UGRA) andthe ASPIRE E-Olympics.Research Collaboration and Satellite LaboratoriesResearch Collaboration is one of the key activities of the League.The ASPIRE grant and satellite laboratories represent one uniquemodel of this collaboration. Offered for research involving TokyoTech and two or more member universities, the grant hassupported 20 collaborations since 2011 and encouragedparticipants to open their labs to one another as satellite labs.ASPIRE ForumThe ASPIRE Forum is the annual gathering of vicepresidents, faculty, staff, and students of memberuniversities. The Forum consists of a symposium, a studentworkshop, and a meeting of the vice presidents.Researchers from the member universities givepresentations at the symposium. The theme of thesymposium varies each year, but it generally focuses onissues in science, technology, and sustainability. Thestudent workshop is organized to facilitate the sharing ofideas and to deepen understanding of common issues inAsia.

Message from the ChairpersonProfessorER Meng HwaSenior AdvisorNanyang Technological University,SingaporeSince its inception in 2009, the ASPIRE League has beenpromoting intellectual discourse and research collaborationsamong its five member universities. Strong commitments frommember universities have seen the League's academic activitiesgrown in both depth and scope. These include the annual ASPIREForum where the Vice Presidents, professors and postgraduatestudents come together to share research insights and findings,ASPIRE League Research Grant activities, and also a three-dayenrichment programme, Undergraduate Research Academy, forthe undergraduate students who are doing a research projectrelated to energy and sustainability. Such convictions andcollaborative efforts from member universities have allowed theLeague to achieve its aim of being a regional hub for academicexcellence and innovation as witnessed by the increase in jointpublications and citation impacts among the five memberuniversities. Moving forth, I am confident that all memberuniversities will continue to strive for excellence and remaincommitted to the League to become a reputable platform foracademic exchanges and research collaborations in Asia andbeyond. I look forward to working with member universities toadvance the common objective of the League.

The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyThe Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is aresearch-focused university with a key mission to develop science andtechnology to contribute to the Hong Kong economy. Established in1991, HKUST has made huge strides in academic excellence andscientific research and now counts among the leading universities in theworld.The University has 4 schools. HKUST’s chosen fields in science,engineering, business and management, and humanities and socialscience have anticipated the key areas that position us well to tacklesociety’s grand challenges. HKUST’s research platforms, e.g. RoboticsInstitute, Big Data Institute, Energy Institute, Institute for EmergingMarket Studies and Institute for Public Policy play a pivotal role infostering collaboration and interdisciplinary research, while the Institutefor Advanced Study serves as the University’s highest platform forintellectual enquiry. In Mainland China, the University has 3 bases inNansha, Shenzhen and Foshan, under the Fok Ying Tung GraduateSchool, to support and promote HKUST’s research and technologyinitiatives, and to collaborate with Mainland partners and institutions.At HKUST we are passionate about moving the boundaries of knowledgeforward, through research and technological innovation with globalimpact. As educators, we are dedicated to providing a holistic educationto nurture well-rounded students, equipped with creative, critical andinnovative thinking and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and to providethem with the foundations to thrive in a changing world.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyKAIST is the first and foremost science and technology research university inKorea, founded by the government in 1971. KAIST aims to competitiveresearch convergence based on scientific and technological innovations andglobalization. As evidence of its groundbreaking research achievements,KAIST was ranked 6th on the Most Innovative University Rankings for 2016by Reuters, which was the highest ranking of a non-US institution.KAIST has three campuses: the Yuseong Main and Munji campuses inDaejeon and the College of Business in Seoul. KAIST focuses on coretechnologies such as biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology,urban space and systems, and EEWS (energy, environment, water andsustainability). Enjoying its ideal location in the Daedeok Innopolis, a districtin Daejeon known as Korea’s Silicon Valley, KAIST engages in numerousresearch collaboration with neighboring research institutions,internationally-renowned universities, and industry in order to stimulate thecreative economy.KAIST offers interdisciplinary academic and research programs in thefollowing colleges: Natural Sciences, Life Science & Bioengineering,Engineering, Information Science & Technology, Innovation, Business, andCultural Science.As a leading force in a now developed nation, KAIST is currentlyconcentrating on research that is vital to ensure the survival of humanity; anidea factory that is manufacturing a new paradigm of science and technologyinnovation. KAIST will add to the global pool of knowledge withgroundbreaking research on sustainability and develop new engines foreconomic growth through the convergence of advanced science andtechnology with business.

Nanyang Technological UniversityNanyang Technological University is a young, research-intensiveuniversity on a rapid global rise. NTU is ranked 13th globally and is alsoranked 1st among the world’s young elite universities.NTU is home to 33,000 undergraduates and postgraduate students inthe colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Artsand Social Sciences. In partnership with Imperial College London, NTUSingapore has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School ofMedicine.Helmed by Professor Bertil Andersson, winner of the Wilhelm ExnerMedal, an honour bestowed on the world’s best scientists, the Universityis a melting pot of international award-winning scientists, young talentsand eminent global partners such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and LockheedMartin.NTU has several world-class national institutes – the National Institute ofEducation, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, EarthObservatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental LifeSciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such asthe Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, Energy ResearchInstitute @ NTU, and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight.NTU is a cosmopolitan university with more than 100 nationalities. Itsmain Yunnan Garden Campus has been named one of the Top 15 MostBeautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’smedical district.

Tokyo Institute of TechnologyFor over 135 years, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has beenproducing outstanding leaders and excellent research in the fields of scienceand technology.After implementing ambitious reforms in its education and research systems inApril 2016, Tokyo Tech became the first university in Japan whose Schoolsoffer undergraduate and graduate programs under the same roof, creatingmore opportunities for cross-disciplinary research and earlier involvement ingraduate-level study. With 6 Schools comprised of 20 departments, and theInstitute of Liberal Arts, Tokyo Tech has 1,200 faculty members and about10,000 students, approximately half of whom are graduate students.The research institutes, centers and laboratories at Tokyo Tech are organizedunder the Institute of Innovative Research (IIR).This open researchenvironment is intended to foster active and organic cooperation within andbeyond the university, thereby creating novel research fields, offering solutionsto complex problems, and fostering industrial infrastructures. Research at theIIR builds on Tokyo Tech’s internationally recognized contributions in keyareas, including materials science, supercomputing, and the life sciences.Through research collaborations, joint workshops and symposia, and facultyand student exchanges with overseas partners, Tokyo Tech is activelypromoting international cooperation in research and education, recognizingthat such activities contribute to the development of globally competitivescientists and engineers who possess the cultural awareness, communicationskills, and advanced scientific and technological knowledge to solve theworld’s most urgent problems.

Tsinghua UniversityTsinghua University was established in 1911. Drawing on a rich localtradition of academic excellence, it is a pacesetter for innovation inChina. Today, Tsinghua University is among the most selectiveuniversities in the world, a trusted global partner for thousands ofresearchers and academics, a first port of call for world business andpolitical leaders, and an invaluable bridge for international studentsseeking a deeper understanding of China.Tsinghua University is a comprehensive research university. Its 20schools and 54 departments cover disciplines in art, economics,education, engineering, history, management, medicine, law, literature,philosophy, and sciences. The University has now over 46,000 studentsfrom 120 countries, including 15,000 plus undergraduates and morethan 30,000 graduate students. Situated in northwestern Beijing,Tsinghua University’s campus has been named one of the most beautifulin the world.Among its more than 200,000 alumni are many leaders in various fields.They have made outstanding contributions to China’s technologydevelopment, economic growth and social progress. They also offer newperspectives and insights on the world’s biggest challenges.

The Logo is intended to be simple, abstract, attractive, and scalable.The five spires signify the five member universities of ASPIRE joining hands in a central alliance.The image symbolizes cohesiveness and inter-connectedness as well as the vision of reaching out to theworld in the age of globalization.The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyClear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Konghttp://www.ust.hk/Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology291 Daehak-ro (373-1 Guseong-dong), Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701,Republic of Koreahttp://www.kaist.ac.kr/Nanyang Technological University50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Tokyo Institute of Technol