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Politics • Public Management • Policy

The mission of the Department of Public Policy is to improve public values in Hong Kong, the regional and globally. Through education, research and service we achieve this mission through improvements in politics, policies, and the management of organizations that deliver public values.

Message from the Acting Head

Education, research and community engagement in the Department examines the whole policy process. Graduating students understand political decisions and institutions, processes of public policy making, the management of organizations that deliver public services, policy implementation and outcomes and the delivery of public values. Across all our education and research endeavours there is a central interest and commitment to understanding and analyzing policy development, policy implementation and policy impacts to fully understand and improve the ever changing world we live in.

In our education programmes we strive towards producing high quality public policy professionals who will emerge as leaders in a wide range of organisational contexts: public, private, non-governmental and voluntary sectors. Students experience a vibrant academic environment which enables them to engage creatively and critically with the key policy challenges facing the contemporary world-locally, regionally and globally.

Our graduates will be people who can communicate effectively and work in teams, possess strong leadership skills and have robust analytical skills to dissect societal problems and recommend improvements to society. The personal development of students is central to our education and is enhanced through international experience, residential workshops, internships and experiential-learning. For students to develop to their full potential our expert faculty expect students to come to class fully prepared to study and participate in course discussions.

The Department is multidisciplinary and multinational that brings an energetic international and local orientation to the classroom. Many faculty members are leaders in their fields of education, research and community engagement. The Department can lay strong claims to be the leading department in its field in the region. For example, the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities places our public administration/management research 1st in Hong Kong, 1st in Asia and 14th in the world and political science 1st in Hong Kong and joint 4th in Asia and in the top 200 in the world.

I invite you to learn more about us, and look forward to meeting you!

Professor Richard M Walker
Chan Hon Pun Professor of Behavioural and Policy Sciences
Acting Head
Department of Public Policy