In 2008, Professor Shing-Tung Yau initiated the S.T. Yau High School Science Award (YHSA) in Mainland China. The Award is based at the Yau Mathematical Science Centre (YMSC) of Tsinghua University and has been running successfully for ten years. It initially started with Mathematics, then expanded to include Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Economic and Financial Modeling. Over the years more than half of the awardees got admission into Tsinghua University, Peking University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University and Princeton University.
As the Award matures and its reputation flourishes in Mainland China, Professor Yau sees it ready to expand the outreach effort to three more regions: Asia, USA-East and USA-West.
YHSA(Asia) is based in Hong Kong and co-organised by The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences (ASHK). It covers Hong Kong and the entire Asian region outside Mainland China. YHSA(Asia) will primarily focus its publicity effort on Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. It will gradually expand its publicity effort to include other areas in Asia.
YASHK as a chapter of ASHK is engaged in the running of the Award, including the provision of scientific assessment and adjudication of competition entries.