HKUST has emphasized technology transfer since its inception. During its years of operation, the Division of Social Science has built a substantial Knowledge Transfer (KT) tradition, as evidenced by activities such as:
- Collaborative research between Divisional faculty and the Hong Kong Government
- Contract research for industry
- Consultancies for both industry and the government
- Public lectures on a wide range of social science topics
- Continuing education in the form of multi-faceted, professionally designed and run, taught Master's programs.
The Division of Social Science offers three taught masters programs, namely the Master of Arts in Social Science, the Master of Arts in China Studies, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (the latter two are offered jointly with the Division of Humanities). All three programs can be completed within one calendar year of full-time study.
Additionally, members of the Division's faculty have received Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) funding to identify and test indicators that can be used in tracking KT from universities to the broader society—for example, to industry and government—in Hong Kong.
Finally, the Division's three Centers
— the Survey Research Center
, Center on China's Transnational Relations
, and the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research
— each contribute to knowledge transfer from the Division of Social Science to Hong Kong society and the region. The Survey Research Center promotes social survey research in Chinese societies through educating and training social survey researchers, building quantitative data archives for longitudinal research, and serving as an international forum and home for scholarly exchanges. The Center on China's Transnational Relations organizes public lectures, dinner seminars, international conferences, a summer institute and policy fora, in addition to publishing occasional papers. Among the missions of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research is to train a young generation of scholars and policy analysts and to disseminate data, research and policy analysis to the public at large.
Examples of Knowledge Transfer activities undertaken by select faculty members (as of October 2011):