Surveys & Research Studies on T & L


  • To support the institution’s efforts in the quality assurance of teaching and learning 
  • To monitor the processes and effectiveness of education programs, including both academic and out-of-class activities, to support institutional planning, development and decision making.
  • To help faculty, instructors and staff of supporting units develop a better understanding of the students, their backgrounds, characteristics, university experiences and learning outcomes.

Regular Student Surveys and Assessments

Obtaining regular feedback from students and conducting systematic assessment are important components of the University’s overall quality assurance scheme.  Such information can also help to improve the University’s strategic planning process, and in particular in problem identification and areas that need further investigation, as well as suggesting ways of dealing with them.  With funding support from the Executive Vice President and Provost’s office, the following surveys and assessments have been conducted on a regular basis by CEI (formerly CELT) up to October 2015 and by OPIR since then:

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.
Undergraduate 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.
Second and third year experience survey (SYES) Various aspects (both academic and non-academic) of students’ second and third year experience.  Details to be determined. Annually in April – June 2016 All second and third year UG students.
Student Engagement and Satisfaction Questionnaire (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 Annual
(3-year cycle)
2013 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 up to October 2015.

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
Longitudinal Study III 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
All participants of exchange programs organized by HKUST in 2012-13
Evaluate the experience of UROP focusing on students’ research experience and learning outcomes
All students and faculty of UROP in 2012-13