Organisation profile

Organisation profile

To advance knowledge and professional practices, to promote social justice and community betterment, and to prepare leaders in human services delivery are the key directions in the mission of the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS). In APSS, we have a wealth of expertise in multiple disciplines including social work, social policy and administration, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Our strategic research foci cover a wide spectrum of research directions related to migration and population mobility, family and life span development, applied psychology, social economy, social media and culture, disaster and risks reduction, applied philosophy and social work practices.

Our Department’s worldwide collaborative network continues to expand. Our collaborators include UC Berkeley, Washington University at St Louis, University of Queensland, Griffith University, Sun Yat-sen University, Peking University, Yunnan University, China Youth University for Political Science, Sichuan University, University of Chicago, and Rutgers University. 

With over 20 academic and professional programs offered in diverse learning modes and contexts, we strive to promote education and professional training to align with the emerging needs of our society and students’ diverse learning interests. Research is integral to our Department and students are offered to engage in numerous hands-on research exposures. Many students would also enjoy the experience of academic exchanges with students, academic and professional experts in different parts of the world. 

There are no limits to new learnings and at APSS the opportunities will continue to grow. You are welcome to find out more about us by visiting this website or contacting us directly.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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