Established in 1963, the Department of Economics has a history which is just as long as that of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Department has since grown from strength to strength, and is now widely regarded by academic peers and the general public as being one of the leading economics departments in Asia in terms of education and research.
Features of the Department
According to a survey released in 2005, the Department of Economics was ranked as the top economics department in Hong Kong in all aspects - publications, research, and employers’ evaluation of graduates1. In terms of research quality, we have also been ranked as one of the top economics departments in Asia, with publications appearing in virtually all of the leading economics academic journals.
The teachers of the department have received their training from the best universities around the world. In addition, we are the only economics department among all universities in Hong Kong that has two Nobel Laureates - Sir James Mirrlees, Nobel laureate in Economics in 1996, and Professor Robert Mundell, Nobel laureate in Economics in 1999.
The undergraduate programme emphasizes a balanced development of theory, applications, and analytical skills. Our undergraduates have been placed in many well-known banks and companies, financial institutions, consultancy groups, the government and non-profit organizations.
Research programmes in the Department of Economics have a long and established history. The Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) programme was introduced in 1974 and is now the largest of its kind in Hong Kong. Our Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme was launched in 1982, and has trained numerous established researchers working across the world. Our Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme has also been very popular, attracting well over a thousand of applications every year.
Many of our alumni continued to pursue doctoral programmes in top universities including Berkeley, Boston, Caltech, Chicago, Duke, Harvard, Minnesota, Northwestern, Stanford, Wisconsin–Madison, Yale.
Similar to the top business schools, our department has a dedicated Career Unit and a growing group of successful alumni who are ready to talk and help on the career matters of our economics students.
In the coming years, the Department of Economics will continue to strive for excellence and maintain herself as the leading school of economics in Hong Kong and Asia.
1香港七大高校經濟學科優勢評比調查 (January 2005), Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly, (334), p.6-17.