Facts and Figures

The Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) is dedicated to researching key global issues with an Asian focus. AIS is multi-disciplinary, with particular strengths in politics and international relations as well as development studies (including environmental and sustainability issues) but also with an emphasis on cultural studies and anthropology as well as offering instruction in Japanese and Korean. AIS is backed by the Southeast Asia Research Centre or SEARC, the only research centre focusing on this region in Hong Kong. Our staff come from 11 different countries and speak 22 languages, with degrees from some of the world’s leading universities. Our faculty publish in top tier journals and academic presses while making regular high impact contributions to the international and local media (including the BBC, CNBC, TIME, the Financial Times, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the South China Morning Post). AIS also stresses community outreach and seeks ties to local schools such as through regular workshops organized together with a leading non-government organisation PLAN International. We have the most international PhD programme in Hong Kong with 22 students from 18 countries spread across 4 continents speaking 18 different languages and including seven recipients of the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship and over twenty other holders of scholarships and awards. International reviewers have praised AIS's recruitment of PhD students from world-leading universities (such as Sciences Po, Edinburgh, and NUS) and its MA student graduates have secured PhD positions at top institutions like Berkeley and Cambridge. In the QS world university rankings by subject 2018, AIS ranked 41st among universities worldwide in Development Studies and within the top 100 universities for Politics and International Studies, while ranking first in Hong Kong and first in Asia for citations per paper in Politics and International Studies and first in Hong Kong and second in Asia for citations per paper in Development Studies.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2018