Student Surveys

To ensure the quality of its education programs and that they will meet the needs of the students, the University believes that it is of utmost importance that for it to listen to the views of students about their university experiences. It has put in a lot of resources to systematically collect feedback from students about their university experiences through surveys, focus group meetings, and interviews.

Below are a list of the surveys and research studies undertaken by CEI. Students who are interested can contact CEI ( for further information.

Surveys and assessments



First launched

Target population

SFQ survey exercises Student feedback about the courses they studied 4 exercises each year totaling over 3000 surveys 1992 All students covering all lecture-based sections.
Intake Survey
New UG intakes’ family backgrounds, their pre-university academic and non-academic experiences, their orientation experience and their goals and expectations of studying at HKUST. Annually in September
2007 (expanded in scope 2011)
All UG intakes
First Year Experience Survey (FYES) Various aspects (both academic and non-academic) of students’ first year experience, academic advising experience, and adjustment to university life. Annually in April 2011 All UG students in their first year.
Student Satisfaction and Engagement Questionnaire survey (SESQ) Exit survey of all UG programs which collects feedback from all final year UG students about their level of satisfaction towards their program, academic engagement, participation in out-of-class activities, and relationship with faculty and peers. Annually in April – June 2007 All final year UG students.
Assessment of Graduate Attributes
Graduate attributes being measured include Information literacy, social leadership, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, intercultural competence, life-long learning readiness
(3-year cycle)
A random sample of 350 final year UG students
TPG Exit survey Students’ feedback on their TPG program 3 rounds each year 2008 All TPG graduates
RPG End-of-Program Satisfaction Survey Students’ feedback on their  RPG experience 3 rounds each year 2011 All RPG graduates


Special Projects

Besides the regular surveys and assessments, special-purpose research and evaluation studies are carried out from time to time as needed.  Below are a list of the more recent studies carried out by CEI.

Research and evaluation studies




Longitudinal Study I Assessing value-addedness of UG programs 2007-2010 A random sample of 417 UG 2007-10 cohort
Longitudinal Study II A study into the effect of assessment on student learning outcomes 2010-2013 A random sample of 421 UG 2010-2013 cohort
A study into the impact of campus life on student development 2013-14 (Pilot study)
2014-2020 (main study)
A random sample of 450 2014-1018 cohort
UG experiences and key competencies for career success; views about new 4-year curriculum; career success and development; employment particulars
A random sample of 5000 graduates from 1994 to 2007
Key competencies for effective job performances, challenges and preparedness in early careers; career development and success, and employment particulars
A random sample of 7700 graduates from 1994 to 2010
Evaluate the exchange program experience of both outgoing and incoming exchange students focusing on the exchange experience and learning outcomes 2013 All participants of exchange programs organized by HKUST in 2012-13
Evaluation of UROP
Evaluate the experience of UROP focusing on students’ research experience and learning outcomes
2013 All students and faculty of UROP in 2012-13