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Head, Department of Applied Social Sciences
Professor Eric CHUI

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In a significant step towards internationalisation and global engagement, the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies (WNPiSM) at the University of Warsaw (UW) have signed an agreement to establish a dual degree programme. The signing ceremony took place on 24 May 2024 in Warsaw, Poland. This agreement builds upon an earlier Memoran

31 May 2024

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APSS held an engaging international talk series titled "Writing for Publication: An Insider's Guide to Getting it Right and Getting it Published." This talk featured esteemed guest speaker Prof. Richard INGRAM, URAL (East Asia) and Professor of University of Dundee. Moderated by Dr. Angel LAI and Dr. Camilla LO, both Assistant Professors in APSS, the talk delved into Prof. INGRAM's valuable experience and expertise in the field of social work wri

29 May 2024

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APSS was pleased to welcome two distinguished delegations. APSS hosted representatives from the University of Dundee on 19 April 2024, followed by a visit from Naresuan University on 24 April 2024. During the visits, we had the pleasure of exchanging insights on recent advancements in teaching and learning from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Thailand. The two delegations were offered a guided tour of APSS’s teaching facilities, including Poly

21 May 2024


The start-up, named E-Bridge Elderly Services, has been founded by Mrs. Jianling LIANG (DSW Student) and Mr. Alex Jia ZHUANG (Ph.D. Student). E-Bridge serves as a seamless technological platform that promotes cross-border eldercare between Hong Kong seniors and high-end eldercare homes in Mainland cities within the Greater Bay Area. It connects the two groups through 3-D scanning and VR production technology, a senior-friendly website and mobile

22 Apr 2024

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The highly anticipated Annual Best Paper Award for Research Postgraduate Students 2023 presentation was held on 18 April 2024.  It highlights the commitment to excellence and academic achievement within the research postgraduate community. Congratulations to all the awardees for their remarkable accomplishments. The five outstanding recipients are: Mr Siu Wing Alex CHAN, PhD candidate in APSS, (, The followi

18 Apr 2024

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The APSS Graduate Association joyfully organised a Tung Lung Chau and Lei Yu Mun One-Day tour on 13 April 2024. This activity marked an exhilarating start to the spring season and attracted APSS alumni, staff, and students to come and relax. During the tour, participants had the opportunity to experience the tranquility of nature, enjoy a delicious seafood feast, and visit Lei Yu Mun Temple and Souvenir Street. It was a rejuvenating weekend fille

17 Apr 2024

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The Training Workshop for Social Work Professionals Serving Children in Disadvantaged Conditions in Rural China took place on 20-21 March 2024 at Peking University (PKU). It was co-organised by APSS at PolyU, the Department of Sociology at PKU, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice at The University of Chicago (ChicagoU), and the PKU-PolyU China Social Work Research Centre. Twelve teams of social work professionals from vari

15 Apr 2024

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Journal Articles Published in 2023 and 2024 Dr Lucas SCRIPTER, Teaching Fellow of APSS, has recently published an article titled “The achievement gap thesis reconsidered: artificial intelligence, automation, and meaningful work” in AI & Society. The article delves into the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of meaningful work, with a specific focus on workplace achievements. Dr SCRIPTER also discusses the concept of automation, high

12 Apr 2024

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The "Family Happiness Index" survey was organised by HK.WeCare under Wofoo Social Enterprises, with the School of Nursing of Tung Wah College as the research partner. The results showed that the Family Happiness Index had declined, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Prof. Daniel SHEK, Chair Professor of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Associate Vice-President (Undergraduate Programmes) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic Universi

11 Apr 2024

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On 29 May 2024, in partnership with the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), APSS of PolyU organised an online inauguration ceremony to officially announce and celebrate the opening of the Global Standards for Social Work Education and Training e-learning course. The event signifies a significant milestone in the partnership between IASSW and APSS. One year ago, on 3 May 2023, a MoU was signed between IASSW and APSS. After

5 Jun 2024

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