Message From The Head

Welcome to the Division of Public Policy (PPOL)!

While advancements in science and technology have been rapidly expanding the range of solutions for tackling global challenges such as climate change and population ageing, science and technology innovations have also given rise to a complex set of ethical, institutional and legal issues. As a leading university in science and technology, HKUST can play a pivotal role in enhancing policy impacts of innovations in science and technology.  The Division of Public Policy has been established to lead the effort in the development of public policy as an area of significant strength of the University and to contribute more to policy development in key policy areas both locally and globally.

As a part of Interdisciplinary Programs Office (IPO), PPOL focuses on fostering interdisciplinary public policy research and education by harnessing synergies between PPOL and other academic units through joint appointments, collaborative research and joint workshops and conferences. In addition, PPOL works closely with the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) and the Leadership and Public Policy (LAPP) Executive Education to promote knowledge transfer and to enhance the impacts of the advances in science and technology on policy-making.

Our division offers a number of post-graduate programs in public policy as well as courses for undergraduate students in selected policy areas. Our MPhil/PhD in Public Policy programs provide rigorous training in public policy research to academically outstanding students who aspire to pursue career in policy research and teaching, while the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program provides students with complete professional training that focuses on problem-solving skills with real-world cases and examples.