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Even as we receive public recognition for our many great achievements, APSS remains focused on pursuing excellence and promoting education and research for social responsibility, leadership, and care.

Prof Eric CHUI

Professor and Head

Department of Applied Social Sciences


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Kicking off the first event to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) had the pleasure of hosting Dr Samuel LEUNG, our alumnus and former Programme Leader of the Master of Social Work (Mental Health) Programme, to deliver a face-to-face workshop on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) at the intermediate level on 31st December 2022. From 2016 onward, Samuel has held more than 15 experiential workshops

9 Jan 2023

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Dr Ben KU, Associate Professor of APSS and Director of China and Global Development Network, and Ms Kan YIP, Assistant Director (Development and Partnership) of China and Global Development Network recently led a study tour to Israel. In total, 13 students from the Doctor of Social Work programme and four PhD students from APSS went on the tour to Israel with funding support from Keswick Foundation.    With the main theme of “Social Work of Recon

6 Jan 2023

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Dr Angel LAI, Assistant Professor of APSS, and Miss Cynthia LEUNG, Project Assistant of APSS, participated in the Junior Researcher Mentoring Programme 2022, which was organised by the Global Engagement Office of PolyU. Both led a team of three secondary school students to understand the mental health of young people in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore co-production as a strategy to promote the welling of our youths.   The team

30 Dec 2022

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The Departmental Learning and Teaching Committee (DLTC) organised a workshop on 20 December 2022.CAVE-cum-Studio Device.   We are honoured to invite Prof. Daniel SHEK, Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme), Chair Professor of APSS, and Li and Fung Endowed Professor in Service Leadership Education, to share his illuminating insight and experience on writing and publishing papers on Teaching and Learning; and Dr Rodney CHU, Chairperson

21 Dec 2022

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With Semester One of 2022/23 coming to an end, APSS organised a Chinese dim sum ‘Farewell’ lunch gathering for inbound exchange students who are going to return to their home universities soon. The students enjoyed the local cuisine and traditional dim sum delicacies. Many interesting conversations we had over the lunch, with topics including culture, travelling and university life. We are grateful for their presence and involvement in APSS, an

12 Dec 2022

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APSS always strives to establish mutually enriching collaborations with universities worldwide in order to provide overseas exchange opportunities for our students.  We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Fudan University, China, for student and staff exchange for five years. In addition, APSS has also renewed student exchange agreements with the University of Calgary, Canada, and JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland. We ho

6 Dec 2022

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Ms Wing Kiu LAU (BA (Hons) in Social Work) is selected as the most outstanding student. This award is a testament not only to her outstanding academic accomplishments during her studies in APSS but also to her strong leadership ability, active involvement in extra-curricular activities, substantial community service and exemplary personal merit. Wing Kiu has aptly demonstrated numerous qualities that make this award well-deserved.   On her achi

5 Dec 2022


As part of the University’s 85th Anniversary celebratory events, PolyU hosted the “Forum on Integrating I&T into GBA and the National System cum Launch Ceremony of Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT)” on 24 November 2022. About 300 guests, staff members, students, alumni, and leaders from I&T, finance, and academia attended this grand occasion and exchanged views on how Hong Kong can proactively integrate into the Nation

28 Nov 2022

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The Research Grants Council (RGC) held an award presentation ceremony on 7 Nov 2022 to honour 87 academics from the eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities for their distinguished research achievements and significant contributions to the higher education sector. Prof. CHAN was awarded the RGC Senior Research Fellow Scheme for his project “Family Polyvictimization and Social Policy Responses in East Asian Societies”.  Prof. C

28 Nov 2022

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Research Student Attachment Programme (RSAP) 2023   Through the Research Student Attachment Programme (RSAP) 2023, APSS PhD students will be going on a three- to six-month exchange in world-renowned universities. Also, PhD students from internationally acclaimed overseas universities will visit APSS. This year, APSS is proud to announce the following outgoing and incoming PhD student arrangements:   Outgoing Student to University of Michigan-Ann

19 Jan 2023

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