Energy and the reliability of energy were the focus of a keynote address delivered by Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), at the Symposium on Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Education organised by the Education Bureau on 16 November 2016.
“We all know that energy is closely related to our lives, especially since energy and economic development are proportionally related to each other. A faster economic development means a greater demand in energy. However, many people today still have doubts about the negative impact of fossil energy, particularly the effect of coal on the environment and climate,” he added.
After the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011, Professor Kuo published a book that analysed seven types of energy, including nuclear energy.
Energy was a professional and practical issue for modern society, one that concerns long-term development, livelihood needs and sustainability, he argued.
The key objective behind promoting STEM education was to nurture students’ critical-thinking skills and their ability to use scientific, technological and mathematical knowledge to solve social problems, he said.
Professor Kuo’s book Critical Reflections on Nuclear and Renewable Energy: Environmental Protection and Safety in the Wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident is available in several languages, including traditional and simplified Chinese, English, French, Japanese and Russian. It’s been published in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Massachusetts, Tokyo, Paris and Moscow, respectively.