It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at PolyU.
APSS is the largest social sciences department in Hong Kong. It houses a large group of interdisciplinary professorial and teaching staff in the social sciences. Our colleagues include world-renowned scholars and veterans in their fields, as well as young, promising scholars with tremendous talent and passion. They strive to nurture human service professionals who are knowledgeable, caring, reflexive, and possess a strong commitment to supporting social responsibility and inclusion. We are dedicated to advancing knowledge for effective and humanistic social policies and services through education and research excellence.
Our colleagues are actively engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching, responding to the changing needs of different populations, and creating societal impact in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and beyond. Their efforts are supported by various schemes, mechanisms, and networks established by APSS, such as the China and Global Development Network and Professional Practice and Assessment Centre. We are achieving high levels of social participation and knowledge transfer through broad engagements with civil society and policymakers. APSS ranked 81st in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022. 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.
APSS offers a number of programmes for Undergraduate, Taught Postgraduate and Research Degree students. We aim to provide students with a nurturing environment to learn, explore and develop their career. Collaborations with a variety of community groups are in place to offer internships, placements and clinical training. Also, a global network of partnerships with renowned universities has been established to offer student exchange opportunities and overseas internship placements.
We welcome you to join our APSS family. Meet our talented professorial and teaching staff, and explore diverse research and learning opportunities available to you at APSS. Our team is here to support your learning journey.
In closing, learn from our experts, apply your knowledge and skills and make a difference with APSS!
Prof. Eric Chui
Professor & Head
Department of Applied Social Sciences