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The Department of Social Work aims to provide quality professional and academic training in social work, to develop knowledge related to social welfare and social work, and to contribute to the social development of Hong Kong. In the undergraduate programme, the Department prepares students to be professionally competent social workers who are committed to the welfare of their clients and to social justice. In the postgraduate programmes, the Department provides advanced training for the development of those who wish to become professional and academic leaders in the social welfare field. Students in all of our programmes are encouraged to develop independent and critical thinking, identify with the humanistic values and ethics of the social work profession, maintain a special concern for the vulnerable groups in society, and keep abreast of current social issues. The Department strives to be a leading centre of social work education and research in Chinese communities.


Since its establishment, the Department has produced around 6,000 graduates. Most graduates are working in the field of social welfare in top administrative, middle management and direct practice levels. A number of our graduates are professors and researchers in social work training institutions. The contributions of these graduates are highly valued by the community. Some alumni have also been very successful in fields other than social welfare, such as education, the commercial and business sectors, and the judicial system, to name but a few examples.


Asian and Pacific Islander Social
Work Educators Association


Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA) is a national organization that represents Asian and Pacific Islander (API) social work educators; discusses issues of concern to social work educators and students; and promotes social work education and research of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the social work context.


The APISWEA aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. Encourage the election and/or assignment of APISWEA members to CSWE boards, commissions, and committees;
  2. Promote the annual Asian and Pacific Islander track at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting;
  3. Provide members with the opportunity to share common issues and develop responsive resolutions, and to provide a mechanism for mentoring junior faculty;
  4. Establish and maintain a clearing house of social work expertise among Asian and Pacific Islander social work educators based in North America; and
  5. Facilitate exchanges of social work knowledge, and to liaise between American social work institutions and organizations and those in Asia and in the Pacific for the promotion of culturally appropriate social work education, practice, policy formulation and research.