Events & Seminars
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have raised the vitality of proper green space planning as the association between green spaces and public wellbeing became more obvious due to various mobility restrictions. In this paper, we examine how multidimensional factors of greenspaces (i.e., quantity, quality and accessibility) are associated with public visits to green spaces and whether these factors influence the extent of benefits of green spaces to mental wellbeing.
Division of Public Policy (PPOL)
Climate change and related disasters affect every region across the world, becoming important topics for public health and environmental health practice and posing huge challenge to sustainability. The environmental consequences of climate change, such as extreme temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and rise of sea-level, are creating disaster risks and impacting on health and the public health system directly and indirectly. As the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters are both surging, there is an eminent need to prepare for unforeseeable events in order to better protect human health. Moreover, rapid urbanization complicates and exacerbates the public health impact of climate change (e.g. urban heat island effect and threat to urban lifeline infrastructure). This seminar will focus particularly on climate change-related disaster risks to human health and related response strategies in Hong Kong as a subtropical metropolis in Asia, employing the Health-EDRM framework to foreground health in disaster risk reduction.
In this book talk, a newly released book about the COVID-19 pandemic in Mainland China and Hong Kong will be presented. Two legal experts and authors of the chapters "Pandemic Control in China’s Gated Communities" and "Hong Kong and Greater China Response to COVID-19" are invited to review a range of issues on March 23, 2023 (Thursday).
The two universities cooperate again to host The Policy Dialogue Series which began in 2018-19 and is now in its fifth annual series. Professor Anthony Cheung and Professor Lui Tai-lok will be joined by other speakers in the relevant fields to explore some critical issues and public policy challenges facing Hong Kong. The Policy Dialogue Series is interactive and encourages the participation of the EdUHK and HKUST communities as well as members of the public who are concerned about Hong Kong’s future.
Hong Kong is a latecomer in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, which began to be promoted since late 2015. In his inaugural Policy Address in October 2023, CE John Lee emphasizes the promotion of STEAM (with the addition of the Arts) education “for all”, “for fun” and “for diversity” in primary and secondary schools, to build a solid foundation for students in support of Innovation & Technology development in the city. What matters in STEAM education and how essential is it for Hong Kong to become a regional I&T hub?
This is about the journey of establishing a venture in innovation and technology, and about successful leadership: how a humble SouFun.com founded in Beijing has risen as the world’s acclaimed and the largest real estate portal listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 12 years; the way the Bank of China International has expanded from a local Hong Kong securities firm to an international investment bank operating in Mainland China and major financial hubs around the world, and why eOS is emerging as the third alternative mobile operating system, next to Android and iOS led by a passionate pioneer in the internet technology industry. Don't miss this chance to meet the man behind the legend, Dr. Shan LI, Chairman of the Bauhinia Party, co-founder of SouFun.com, former CEO of BOC International, CEO of 3TU Technologies, and the first Chinese global board member in the history of Credit Suisse Group, who will be sharing his first-hand experience and insights on technology entrepreneurship.
The HKSAR Government strives to “tell Hong Kong’s story well” and to impress the world that “Hong Kong is back” to the international stage. But is the world still as friendly to and appreciative of today’s Hong Kong as before? The city suffers from an international image problem. Western countries are largely skeptical of her under the new political order. In the past Hong Kong could comfortably embrace both China and the West. As global geopolitics worsen and US-China hostility escalates, Hong Kong is caught in a dilemma: for suspicious patriots, she is too Western-friendly; to the doubtful West, she is too Chinese. Can Hong Kong demonstrate that her strategic distinctness and connectivity remains intact?