The Department of Geography can be traced back to the then History and Geography Department, established in 1960. In 1978, our predecessor, Hong Kong Baptist College, split it into two independent departments. The Department is now one of the seven academic departments that constitute the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Currently we have eighteen full-time academic and teaching staff and a comparable number of support and research staff. All faculty members hold doctoral degrees from renowned universities around the world, and their research interests cover a wide range of specializations in human, physical and technological geography. Three research centers are housed within the Department: the Centre for China Urban and Regional Studies (CURS); the Asian Energy Studies Centre (AESC) (formerly the Hong Kong Energy Studies Centre); and the Centre for Geo-computation Studies (CGS). The Department, though the youngest among the three geography departments in Hong Kong, has emerged as a significant scholastic centre in our discipline. Our faculty members’ research endeavors have gained widespread recognition, both locally and internationally.
The Department offers three undergraduate programmes: the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) (Hons) in Geography; the BSocSc (Hons) in China Studies – Geography Concentration; and the BSocSc (Hons) in Geography and Bachelor of Education (Bed) (Hons) in Liberal Studies Teaching. In addition, we also offer a top-up degree jointly with the HKBU School of Continuing Education: the BSocSc (Hons) in Environment and Resources Management.
Our undergraduate curriculum reflects the University’s emphasis on the importance of “Whole Person Education” by providing students with a wide range of interactive learning experiences. Geography distinguishes itself by its integrated approach to studying the interactions between people and their physical and social environments. The existing geography curriculum at HKBU gives students rigorous training in geographical methodologies while fostering an understanding of the spatial order and interdependence of the world’s peoples and regions. The curriculum also promotes the application of relevant geographical concepts and the techniques needed to solve real-world problems.
At the postgraduate level, the Department offers research-focused studies, leading to the M.Phil and Ph.D degrees. Postgraduate students may specialize in methodological, physical, or human geography. Currently we participate, along with other departments, in offering two coursework-based postgraduate programmes: the MSocSc in Contemporary China Studies, which offers a concentration in “urban development and environmental management”; and the newly-launched Master of Arts in Global Society.
Our department has always been proud of its ability to maintain a strong relationship with our students and alumni. Many of our students appreciate the friendliness of the department, and the many ways in which our highly experienced staff support student learning in the classroom and in the field. We have a proven record in training graduates with excellent work and research capabilities.
Overall, the Department will continue to promote and sustain the value of geographical education, and to encourage the application of geographic theories and techniques in solving real-world problems, explicit in the mottoes that we have adopted for our Department: