On 25 November 2023, the Peking University-PolyU China Social Work Research Centre (the Centre) hosted a salon titled "The Yes-and-No of DSW" (社會工作專業博士(DSW)的是與不是). This salon serves as a platform for scholars and experts to understand the vision and operations of the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) programme.
Prof. Ben KU, DSW Programme Leader and Professor at APSS, introduced the aims and characteristics of DSW. He explained how the DSW programme differs from the traditional PhD programmes in social work. He also shared the concepts and philosophical framework that underpin the course design of the DSW programme. The salon concluded with a Q&A session, where Prof. KU answered questions from both online and offline participants. The salon attracted about 120 attendees at the Centre and about 3,000 online viewers.
A gathering dinner of The PolyU - PKU Master of Social Work (China) programme and PhD graduates was held in Beijing on the same day to celebrate the achievements and friendships of the alumni. About 50 graduates from different classes of the Master of Social Work (China) programme, PhD graduates and PolyU faculty members, including Prof. Eric CHUI, Head of APSS, Prof. Angelina YUEN-TSANG, Honorary Professor of APSS and Prof. Ben KU, attended the event. The representatives of each class and PhD graduates made short speeches and expressed their gratitude to PolyU for providing them with quality education and support. The dinner was a success and strengthened the bond between the alumni and the programme.