The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) today celebrated the opening of the Jockey Club Global Graduate Tower (the tower) – a new hostel supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), which offers a total of 504 beds for Postgraduate Research Students (RPg) of the University. The new tower is not only endowed with innovative green features that have earned it a prestigious green building award, but is also a proving ground for a sustainability project that aims to reduce energy consumption and change behavior. of the residents of the hall towards a more sustainable way of life.
Thanks to a generous donation of HK $ 176.05 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the creation of this new hall allows all HKUST RPg students to enjoy hall life during their first two years of study. . Mr. Michael LEE, Vice-President of HKJC, told the opening ceremony that the Club’s support for HKUST reflected two key areas of its charitable work – âchild and youth developmentâ and âempowerment. talents and abilities â. âWe strongly believe in the need to develop the skills, knowledge and capacities of our young people. We also want to cultivate committed compassionate individuals, like the Club, for the betterment of our society, âhe said.
Mr Lee added that the new tower reflects the qualities of HKUST in every way, as the state-of-the-art building features the latest green technologies and embodies the innovative spirit of HKUST. He said the Club’s total donations to HKUST – which amount to nearly HK $ 3 billion, like all Club donations, are made possible by its unique integrated business model whereby racing and betting generates a fiscal and charitable support for the community.
The Chairman of the Board of HKUST, Mr. Andrew LIAO Cheung-Sing, expressed his deep gratitude for the long-standing support of HKJC. âSince the founding of HKUST, HKJC has been a loyal patron of our various developments, from research to infrastructure to student life. I am deeply grateful for HKJC’s latest support for our new RPg Hall, which gives us the additional capacity to welcome and attract talented researchers from around the world, âsaid Mr. Liao. Other guests at the ceremony include HKUST President Professor Wei SHYY, HKUST Court and Council Members, and other senior HKUST officials.
In recognition of the green design of the tower which allows it to save about 45% of its annual water consumption and to operate at an energy level 26% lower than that of buildings of floor space and rate of Comparable occupancy, the Hong Kong Green Building Council awarded it a provisional platinum rating of BEAM PLUS – the highest honor for environmentally friendly buildings in Hong Kong.
Unlike existing practices at local university hostels which only require their residents to prepay for air conditioning, the tower incorporates a special feature – a new smart metering system promote a better awareness of the overall use of energy and the improvement of energy consumption behaviors. The system will present real-time energy consumption data on lighting, air conditioning, power outlets and others for the development of a more efficient electricity payment system. Within the framework of the University Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab (SSC) initiative, the system is expected to be installed in all new hostels in the future.
The eight-story tower adopts not only the most energy-efficient 1-label electrical appliances, but also water-efficient faucets and washing machines. The tower has its own rainwater harvesting system for irrigation and can produce energy and hot water thanks to solar thermal panels installed on its roof. It is also a barrier-free facility with a room specially designed for students with physical difficulties. The room is equipped with height-adjustable furniture, an automatic door and motion-sensing switches for lighting and air conditioning.
With more space to accommodate our RPg community from over 60 countries and regions, the Tower is designed to further enhance a diverse and dynamic learning environment and promote communication and collaboration among students from different backgrounds. Its 2,000-square-foot multi-purpose hall, for example, provides a platform for a wide range of activities between roommates and fellow RPG students.
About Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) (https://hkust.edu.hk/) is a world-class research-intensive university that focuses on science, technology and business as well as the humanities and social sciences. HKUST offers an international campus and holistic, interdisciplinary pedagogy to produce well-rounded graduates with a global vision, strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking. Over 80% of our research was rated “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leader” in the Hong Kong University Grants Committee Research Assessment Exercise 2020. We were ranked 3rd in the 2021 Times Higher Education Young Universities Rankings, and our graduates were ranked 26th in the world and among the best universities in Asia in the Global University Employability Survey 2020.