WELL-ESTABLISHED SINCE 1997

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The Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning (MATPP) programme is co-organized by the Department of Geography, the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. The programme aims to provide the expanding transport sector in Hong Kong with a steady supply of well-trained professionals at the executive level, and offer training for graduates aspiring to pursue careers in the transport industry.

 

Since its first intake in 1997, the MATPP programme has been attracting professionals from across the transport sector, such as road, rail, sea, and air, as well as consultants and government officials. Graduates include general managers and operations officers from MTR Corporation Limited; senior transport officers from the Hong Kong Transport Department; senior planning and development executives from Kowloon Motor Bus Co. Ltd.; terminal planners from Hong Kong International Terminals Ltd.; management trainees and planning engineers from Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines; and graduate engineers and engineers from world-renowned international consultancy firms such as AECOM Consulting Services Limited, Atkins China Ltd., Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd., and Scott Wilson Ltd.

PARTICIPATING TEACHING UNITS

DEPARTMENT OF
GEOGRAPHY

The history of Geography teaching in the University of Hong Kong goes all the way back to 1915 when a course in Economic Geography (in combination with Economics) first entered the University curriculum that year. Back then, Geography was taught by part-time lecturers in the Faculty of Arts. In 1931, the Department of Geography was formed under the Faculty of Arts and it was housed on the top floor of the Tang Chi Ngong Building. In 1954, the Department was expanded to include Geology with the official title changed to the Department of Geography and Geology. Although Archaeology was not included as a degree course, Geography students were encouraged to develop interests and expertise in it as well. The student society today is still called the Geographical, Geological and Archaeological Society.


 

In 2000, the Department of Geography and Geology was renamed the Department of Geography again. With the restructuring of the Faculty of Arts, it was briefly renamed the School of Geography in 2006-2007. In 2007, the Department joined the Faculty of Social Sciences and have reverted to the name of the Department of Geography. Over time, specialist laboratories in aspects of physical geography, photogrammetry and GIS, and human geography have been established at different time to support the specialist developments in the discipline. Moreover, the Department has also built up a Map Library, which is one of the best equipped in the region, with a very sizeable collection of maps (with particular emphasis on Hong Kong and East and Southeast Asia) and air photos for supporting its extensive research and teaching activities. 


Since its establishment in 1931, the Department has thus far produced over 3,300 bachelor degree graduates in Geography, and conferred over 200 higher research degree awards [59 Ph.D., 16 M.A. (Research) and 103 M.Phil.] and over 750 graduates in different taught postgraduate programmes. Many of these graduates have now become distinguished academics in their own specialties, occupied prominent positions in the Hong Kong civil service and other professions.

DEPARTMENT OF

URBAN PLANNING & DESIGN

Following the reorganization of the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management (CUPEM) on 1 July 2008, the Department of Urban Planning and Design (DUPAD) was established in the Faculty of Architecture to continue the teaching of urban planning and related areas in housing management and transport. The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning (CUSUP), which was established 28 years ago in 1980 and renamed as CUPEM in 1991, was re-established to continue interdisciplinary research in urban studies and planning.  

Postgraduate taught programmes are currently provided in:
 Urban Planning; Urban Design; Housing Management & Transport Policy and Planning.

The Department has an extensive research programme focusing on sustainable urban and regional development issues in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region. Major research emphases include:
Sustainable Development; High Tech Parks in China; Planning Support Systems; Citizen Participation in Planning; High Density Development; Regional Competition and Cooperation & Housing Policy.

The Department also conducts contract research projects for the public and private sectors in Hong Kong, and for international agencies. We have various academic exchange programmes with universities in China, Australia, The Netherlands and UK.

DEPARTMENT OF

CIVIL ENGINEERING

The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1912, and from which time, civil engineering formed the major part of a general engineering curriculum. Over the years, civil engineering remains the pillar of engineering in Hong Kong with graduates from this Department being responsible for many of the infrastructure projects in Hong Kong. 

The Department has a highly active postgraduate and research programme with currently over 100 MPhil and PhD students carrying out coursework and research on various topics and over 400 students enrolled under the MSc programmes. 

The Department is actively engaged in research in the various disciplines of Civil Engineering, particularly in support of the planning, design and construction of transport infrastructure projects. Within the Department, transport and traffic engineering remains a very important and integral part of teaching and research. 

The Department has also been very successful in attracting external funding. During  2011 to 2015, various grants amounting to around HK$91 million were secured. On transport research projects, the Department has obtained HK$5.13 million from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council over the last 5 years. In addition, the Department offers professional training courses for civil engineering graduates for Continuing Education Training requirements for the purpose of obtaining corporate membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

 

TEACHING STAFF

Highly Qualified and Experienced Faculty Members from Different Disciplines at the University of Hong Kong

Besides leading experts from industry and the government serving as teachers, full-time faculty members from the Department of Geography, the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Professional Legal Education, take a lead role in organizing and teaching the MATPP programme.

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Full-time HKU Teaching Staff 

Leading researchers in transportation.

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Dr. Felix W. H. Chan
 

LLB, PCLL (HKU); LLM (Cantab); DBA (Unisa); CMILT

 

Associate Professor,

Department of Professional Legal Education, HKU

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Dr. Weifeng Li
BSc, BEc, MSc (Peking); PhD (MIT)
 

Associate Professor,

Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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Dr. Guibo Sun
 
B.Sc., M.Sc. (LNTU); PhD (CUHK)
 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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Dr. Ka Ho TSOI
 

BSocSc (HKU); MSc (Leeds); PhD (HKU)

Senior Research Assistant,Department of Geography, HKU
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IR Dr. Ryan C. P. Wong
 

BEng (Nottingham); MSc, MA, PhD (HKU); CEng; MCIHT; MHKIE; MILT; MASCE

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
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Dr. Zhan Zhao
Programme Chief Examiner

BEng (Tongji); MS (UBC); PhD (MIT)
 

Assistant Professor,

Faculty of Architecture, HKU

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Dr. Xiaohu ZHANG
 

BSc (SYSU); PhD (HKU)
 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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Dr. Yongsung Lee
 

BA (SNU); MUP (UIUC); PhD (GT)
 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Geography, HKU

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Professor Becky P. Y. Loo, JP
Programme Director
BA, PhD (HK); FAcSS; FCILT, FHKSTS

Professor, Department of Geography, HKU;
Director, Institute of Transport Studies, HKU;
Co-Director, Joint Lab on Future Cities, HKU
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Professor W. Y. Szeto
 

BEng, MPhil, PhD (HKU); CMILT; MHKSTS; MCIHT; MIEEE; MHKIHT

Professor and Associate Head (Teaching and Learning), Department of Civil Engineering, HKU;Deputy Director, Institute of Transport Studies, HKU
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Ir Professor S. C. Wong, BBS, JP
 

BSc (Eng), MPhil (HKU); PhD (UCL); FCIHT; FCILT; FHKIE; FHKSTS; FICE; MASCE; RPE
 

Francis S Y Bong Professor in Engineering,

Chair of Transportation Engineering,

Department of Civil Engineering, HKU;
Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, HKU

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Dr. Tianren Yang
 

BEng (Tongji); MSc (Georgia Tech); MEng (Tongji);
PhD (Cambridge); FRGS; MRTPI; LEED AP; PMP

 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

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Dr. Steven H.S. ZHANG
 

BE, ME (SCNU); PhD (CUHK)
 

Assistant Professor,

Department of Geography, HKU

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Dr. Jiangping Zhou

BEng (TJU); MEng (NJU); MS (Illinois); PhD (USC)
 

Associate Professor,

Department of Urban Planning and Design, HKU

Honorary/Part-time Teaching Staff 

An experienced team of transport professionals. 

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Dr. Dorothy T. F. Chan, BBS 

BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD (HKU); FCILT Hon.

Head, Centre for Logistics and Transport,School of Professional and Continuing Education, HKU;Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Professor Ir Sam M. S. Chow

Professor Ir Sam M. S. Chow

Arup Fellow / Director of Consulting, Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited;Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Ir Alfred C. Y. Lam

BSc (Eng), MSc (Leeds); CEng; MICE; MHKIE; CMEngNZ; CMILT

Former Transport Specialist / Special Duties, Transport Planning Division, Transport Department, HKSAR Government;Director, LLA Consultancy Limited;Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Ernest S. W. Lee, SBS, JP

BA (HKU); MSc (Cranfield UK); MBuddS, PhD (HKU); DMS (CUHK); DURP (New England); FCILT; MHKIP; RPP

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Jian Li

BSc (Beijing Inst of Econ); MEng (AIT); PhD (UBC); PEng (B.C., Canada); MITE (USA)

Partner, Success Mark Investments Ltd;Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Ann S. H. Mak

BA (Minnesota); MSc (Illinois); PhD (HKU)

Honorary Lecturer, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Perry S. T. Poon

BEng (HKPolyU); MSocSc (HKU)

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Linda Y. N. Tjia

BA (HKPolyU); MA, PhD (HKUST)

Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and International Studies, HKCityU;Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Professor W. H. Tsang

MSc (Leeds); FCILT

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Carolina L. C. Yip

BSocSc, MSc (HKU); FCILT

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Andy H. F. CHOW

BEng (HKUST); PhD (UCL); FRSS; CMILT; MIEEE; MIMA

Assistant Professor, Department of Advanced Design and Systems Engineering, HKCityU;
Assistant Professor (Affiliate), Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, HKCityU; 
Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Stephen W. C. Ho

MSc (Strathclyde); MBA (Macau); MScIS(HKPoluU); DBA (BBP); DBA (Edinburgh Napier); Dip MS (HKU); CDipAF; FAIA; FHKSI; FICS; MHKCS; DipM; FCIM; FHKIM; DipCAM; MCAM; FIEx (Grad); FHKIoD; FCILT; Chartered Shipbrokers

Chairman, Ferguson International Freight Forwarders Ltd;Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Albert Y. S. Lam

BEng, PhD (HKU); SMIEEE; MHKCS

Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer, Fano Labs;Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, HKU
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Ir Professor T. F. Leung

BSc (HKU); MSc (HKPolyU); MBA (CUHK); MHKIE; MICE

Former Assistant Commissioner for Transport (Technical Services), Transport Department, HKSAR Government;Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Ir Professor Mak Chai-kwong, GBS, JP

BSc (Eng), MSc (Urban Planning) (HKU); FICE; FCILT; FHKIE; FHKIHT; FHKAES

Former Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, HKSAR Government; Honorary Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Ir Dr. Andy M. H. Poon

BEng (HKPolyU); MSc, PhD (HKU); MHKIE; MHKIHT

Senior Engineer, Transport Planning Division, Transport Department, HKSAR Government;Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Ir Wai Leung Tang

BSc (Eng), MSc (Urban Planning) (HKU); MHKIE; MHKIP

Former Deputy Commissioner/ Planning & Technical Services, Transport Department, HKSAR Government;Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Ir King Man Tsang

BSc, MSc (HKU); MSc (Leeds); MSc (HKPolyU); MHKIE

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. James J. Wang

BEcon (People’s U of China); MPhil (HKU); PhD (Toronto); FCILT Hon.

Research Director, Belt & Road Hong Kong Centre;Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
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Dr. Feng Zhang

BS, MS (NJU); PhD (Maryland)

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Geography, HKU
 
 

STAFF-STUDENT

CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

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A staff-student consultative committee has been established to not only foster a better understanding between the staff and students, but also to provide a channel for consultation regarding programme matters.

CONTACT

Address

10/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

 

Email

matpp@hku.hk

Phone

(852) 3917 7114

Fax

(852) 2559 8994