Message from the
Head of Department
Professor Shunlin Liang
Chair Professor & Head
Welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)!
Established in 1931, the Department of Geography at the HKU consistently ranks among the top departments in the world. In 2022, the HKU Geography was ranked the first in Hong Kong, the second in Asia and the tenth in the world in the QS ranking.
The HKU Geography is growing at a unprecedented pace. Over the past five years, there has been a 50% increase in full-time tenure track faculty, a 40% increase in undergraduate majors of both Geography and Urban Governance, and a 35% increase in undergraduate course enrollment.
In the 21st century, our society is faced with a variety of environmental, social and economic challenges. Our faculty are engaging diverse fields of research through use of critical analysis, advanced geospatial technologies (e.g., satellite remote sensing, geographical information science), and an integrative, holistic perspective. The Department has four laboratories and one map library for teaching and research. We have designed a number of field trips, and students have the opportunity to visit Europe (e.g., Netherlands, Belgium), Australia, Singapore, and mainland China to enrich their learning experience. We are committed to high quality research, teaching, and outreach.
If you are interested in learning more about the geographical sciences and the opportunities offered by the department at HKU, I invite you to take a moment to browse our web site. You are welcome to visit us at the 10th floor of the Jockey Club Tower Building to speak with our faculty and staff in person.