The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition is an academic competition that challenges research postgraduate (RPg) students to explain their research within three minutes to a general audience.

3MT® was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, in 2008. Enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept grew and 3MT competitions are held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

3MT® celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages skills development in communicating the importance of research to the broader community. It is emphasized that 3MT® is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumping-down’ research but encourages students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries to engage a non-specialist audience.

The Graduate School and Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO) of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) launched the 3MT Competition in 2011. HKU has been the first university in Hong Kong to launch the 3MT Competition. It is now run annually.

The assistance of UQ in launching the 3MT Competition at HKU is deeply appreciated.