The Department of Government and Public Administration was founded in 1970 and since then members of the department have been committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. The department’s faculty members are all experts in their fields, and in addition to their teaching duties they participate in scholarly, professional and community activities. The department is able to provide not only a rich curriculum but also an exciting place to learn and grow intellectually. The Department of Government and Public Administration is one of the best of its kind in Hong Kong.
The Department offers degree programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate program provides a well-rounded training in political science and public administration. The program comprises a group of core courses which introduce the disciplines and then there are many option courses dealing with a wide range of contemporary topics in politics and public administration. The department is strongly committed to fostering a sense of independent and critical thinking amongst its students so that our graduates are able to put their skills to work effectively in their future careers and lives. And at the graduate level, the department offers programs focused on research, which lead to M.Phil and PhD degrees.
The department offers students many opportunities for extra-curricular activities. Through the GPA Society, students organize functions such as academic forums, orientation camps for freshmen, sport events, debates and study visits. GPA students have actively participated in exchange programs with overseas universities in America, Europe and places in East Asia. The department’s debate team is particularly popular and regularly participates in competitions against teams from other universities. In addition to these extra-curricular activities, GPA students participate actively in the administration of the department through consultative meetings and formal representation on the Departmental Board. All these activities reflect the department’s commitment to providing an excellent environment for pursuing studies in Government and Public Administration.
The department is proud of its record and its alumni. Over the last three decades many of our graduates have gone on to pursue highly successful careers. Alumni of the department are to be found in all walks of life in Hong Kong and overseas: in the civil service, in the public sector, in the business world, in the law, in the media, in schools and universities and in the world of politics.
We hope that you will find the information on these web pages useful and interesting. The study of politics and public administration is not only intellectually interesting, but it is crucial in building a strong and successful community. The Department of Government and Public Administration is committed to the provision of the highest quality education in these important fields.