Dean’s Welcome Message

Established in July 2009 as the first dedicated school of its kind in Hong Kong, City University’s School of Energy and Environment (SEE) aspires to be a leading school in Asia to foster an interdisciplinary approach in developing sustainable energy and environmental technologies, with a special focus on megacities like Hong Kong and its neighbouring regions.   

SEE also stands for sustainability, energy, and environment. Aligning with CityU’s research theme of Smart Cities and One Health, the School focuses on three main strategic areas : Sustainable Technologies for Energy, Environment and Health; Urban Atmospheric and Aquatic Environment : science and policies; and Systems Approach to Smart and Healthy Cities : Nexus of Energy, Climate, and Environment. Our interdisciplinary efforts capitalize on our faculty’s special expertise in climate change and air pollution, building and energy efficiency, innovative environmental treatment processes, waste to energy, renewable energy, power management, and sustainability policies and economics.

Our research achievements underpin the education we offer to our students. Our goal is to nurture a new generation of energy professionals who take an interdisciplinary and holistic view of climate change mitigation and emissions reduction in finding innovative solutions to produce clean energy and sustainable development. Currently we offer two bachelor’s degrees : BEng in Energy Science and Engineering and BEng in Environmental Science and Engineering, an MSc in Energy and Environment, and a rigorous PhD programme. Our dedicated and diversified faculty members provide unique education and research experience to our students. I invite you to read through this website to know more about these exciting programmes we offer.

Apart from professional knowledge and technical knowhow, we place particular importance on soft skills in our students’ education. They are trained to be technically competent, interdisciplinary, innovative and entrepreneurial. They need to be effective communicators, life-long learners, problem solvers, and leaders with a global vision. Throughout the academic year, we organize a great many outreach events, colloquia and tech talks, career talks and career training workshops, study tours, as well as internships, summer schools and exchange programmes. Through these efforts to forge connectivity with industry and with the global community, we encourage students to gain international perspectives through direct first-hand experience, as well as achieve a deeper understanding of up-to-date developments in industry and real-life problems.  

The School is privileged to be a hub of research and education in sustainability, energy, and environment. We have strong networks with world-leading scholars and industry professionals who engage with us in knowledge exchange activities, including collaborative research and direct industrial and government contract research. Internationally and locally, there is also growing awareness that as a responsible citizen, we have a duty to protect the environment. This awareness bolsters our efforts in achieving the goals of enhancing our graduates’ employability as well as the international impact of our research. Together with the interdisciplinary platform, this makes the School an exciting and meaningful place to be in. Come join hands with us. Whatever background you are from, we have something relevant to offer you.


Chak K. Chan
Dean and Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment
School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong