History of Department

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Our department was established in 1995 to meet local demand for Earth science expertise. This is because as a densely populated city, Hong Kong’s subtropical location, local geology and limited water and mineral resources present significant societal challenges. We are proud of these origins and continue to help improve our home through our research, teaching and graduates.

As an international hub located in East Asia, Hong Kong’s global connectivity, strong work ethic and knowledge-based society provide competitive advantages that allowed us to quickly establish high standards of teaching and research. This of course also benefited from our access to the fascinating Asia region which provided prime study areas, teaching laboratories and collaborative opportunities.

The department has steadily grown into an ambitious medium-sized department and has earned an international reputation that is reflected in the nationalities, research interests and global collaborations we have.

Our history remains a strong asset but we look forward to writing the best chapters of this history as we meet future challenges and strive for further excellence.