The HKUST Shenzhen Research Institute (SRI) was established in April 2001 as the representative office of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in Shenzhen. The University is among the first group of 38 universities that were invited to join the Shenzhen Virtual University Park. Other member universities include top universities in Mainland China, such as Peking University and Tsinghua University etc. SRI assists in the University’s student recruitment efforts in Mainland China, and provides liaison, project management related and other services to the companies and laboratories of HKUST. It serves as the local liaison office of HKUST in Shenzhen to facilitate communication with government departments and other relevant units.