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Geography recent graduate wins the 2023 Young Geographer of the Year Competition (YGOTY)

9 Aug 2023

Our recent graduate of 2023, Mr. Wu Hoi Yan, Ryan won the Young Geographer of the Year Competition (YGOTY) at the tertiary level which is an important event of geography education and research organized by the Royal Geographical Society (Hong Kong). It is the second time Ryan to be selected as the Young Geographer of the Year. In his submission this year, he presented the natural beauty of Tai Mo Shan and emerging concerns about the exploitation of the fringe of the country parks, with the importance of sustainable development for our generation highlighted.

He will be studying for his MPhil in Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford, specializing with a geographical focus on Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the U.K. with an interdisciplinary approach (geopolitics, political geography and international relations). The Department would like to extend congratulations on Ryan’s remarkable achievements.



This year RGS-HK received overwhelming responses with more than 750 submissions from 550 students of 43 local and international schools. Ryan stood out and has been selected as one of the 24 winners this year.

The competition is open to students from primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in Hong Kong and aims to celebrate Hong Kong through elements linked to geography, encompassing four themes: nature, people and culture, urbanscape, and critical eye. The list of winners can be viewed here.


About the Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong (RGS-HK)

RGS-HK, founded in 1995, is the largest English-medium society in Hong Kong. RGS-HK organizes over 120 events every year, including field trips, educational events, and major Schools Outreach Programme, and fosters geographical research with scholarships for undergraduate and master’s degree research.

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