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Professor Yan Houmin, Dean
Professor T Wing Lo

Our achievements in student education are witnessed in the prestigious University Grants Committee’s Award for Teaching Excellence received by Professor Alice Chong and Dr Elaine Au in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

With a team of about 100 full-time academic, teaching, research and administrative staff, the Department endeavors to develop and synergize its staff expertise in offering academic programmes in applied and professional areas. The Department currently offers 10 academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for about 1,500 students, and has admitted a group of about 40 PhD students pursuing research under the supervision of faculty members who specialize in a wide array of fields and disciplines in social sciences. Of equally importance within the framework of the new four-year academic curriculum is offering a wide range of stimulating and innovative Gateway Education courses to all undergraduate students of the University. To enhance the international experiences of students, the department has launched a two-certificate joint bachelor degree programme, in Psychology and Applied Sociology respectively, with Columbia University at New York, to meet the strong demand for university graduates with multi social and cultural exposure.

The Department, with the support of its own resources and funds from various sources, offers its students a variety of co-curricular activities and outreach programmes to ensure that they can enjoy both a rich campus life and real-life opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in workplace. These activities include professional internship at local or overseas institutions, overseas student exchange, study tour, mentor-mentee scheme, graduate mentoring scheme, academic workshops and community services organized by two departmental projects “City-Youth Empowerment Project” and “Learning for Excellence”, with the objectives to foster the development of “ideal graduates” who can combine academic competence with creativity, innovations, civic-mindedness and capability for discovery- and application-oriented research.

Professor T Wing Lo
Head, Applied Social Sciences