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  • Public Policy
  • Social Changes and Health
‘No easy exit’: Omicron outbreak tests China’s anti-Covid strategy
31/03/2022
In an article on China’s zero-COVID strategy and the recent outbreak in Shanghai, Division of Public Policy Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW said the Chinese government “denigrated and demonized” places which have switched to living with COVID back in 2021, adding that it can’t openly say that they are now switching to living with COVID, even though that is what their public health advisers and epidemiologists think that they eventually have to do.
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  • Student Bonding & Development
How flexible and diverse study options at HKUST helped a student athlete achieve his goals
23/03/2022
An advertorial featuring Environmental Management and Technology (EMVT) Alumni Abraham LAU, who is now an environmental consultant at Arup, talks about how HKUST and his program helped him with his current career. Abraham works to assess the potential environmental impact of civil engineering projects or other private developments, as he advises clients on environmental regulatory compliance. His major programme at HKUST, EVMT, emphasised training students in communication and presentation techniques, and Abraham found himself often going back to the soft skills learned during his days at HKUST to communicate with engineers, or to rely on knowledge acquired during his environmental law course to deal with regulatory matters.
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  • Public Policy
Bold anti-pandemic action needed to end residents’ constant mental anguish
15/03/2022
Division of Public Policy Acting Head Prof. Naubahar SHARIF wrote an opinion piece analyzing the “constant mental anguish” state HK people find themselves in amid the seemingly never-ending fight against the pandemic.
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  • Public Policy
Hong Kong’s zero-Covid policy risks becoming a trap if no lessons are learned from this tragedy
15/03/2022
Division of Public Policy Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW wrote an opinion piece on HK’s anti-pandemic strategy, in which he called on the authorities to develop a road map for living with COVID-19.

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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
HKUST Launches First Online Marine Environmental Visualization Platform Facilitating Marine Research and Conservation
13/03/2022
A feature interview with Division of Environment and Sustainability Chair Prof. GAN Jianping, whose research team has just launched WavyOcean – the first interactive marine environment visualization platform which offers data of the ocean in the Greater Bay Area, the entire China Seas, and the Western Pacific Ocean. Prof. Gan also shared his collaborative experiences in GZ through FYTRI and how HKUST(GZ) could offer more opportunities to scientists.
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  • Social Changes and Health
The 3 most likely scenarios of how the pandemic in Hong Kong ends
11/03/2022
Division of Public Policy Senior Lecturer Prof. Donald LOW wrote an article on 3 possible scenarios that the current pandemic may end in Hong Kong.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Innovation & Technology
HKUST launches first online marine environmental visualization platform facilitating marine research and conservation
08/03/2022
A research team led by Prof. GAN Jianping from Division of Environment and Sustainability has launched WavyOcean – the first interactive marine environment visualization platform which offers an unprecedented level of data on the ocean in the GBA, the entire China Seas, and the Western Pacific Ocean, facilitating marine research work and offering valuable data to policymakers on striking a balance between marine conservation and societal development.
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  • World Relations
Beijing’s stance on Covid-19 and Ukraine magnifies Hong Kong’s dilemma over East vs West narratives
08/03/2022
Prof. Christine LOH, Chief Development Strategist, Division of Environment & Sustainability wrote an article on Chinese government’s stance on COVID-19 and Russo-Ukrainian conflict creating emotional dissonance in HK over East vs West narratives, saying that only through efforts “to understand HK’s predicament as part of China can the city make the right choice for its future”.
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  • Public Policy
Companies are eyeing Hong Kong’s exits. Singapore is the obvious alternative, but moving there isn’t as easy as it seems
23/02/2022
In an article on international companies’ plan of relocating their regional offices to Singapore, Prof. Donald LOW, Senior Lecturer from Division of Public Policy said that Hong Kong is the door to the massive Chinese market and its financial networks built up over the last few decades are not easy to replicate.


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  • World Relations
Sino-US Economic and Trade Relations
23/02/2022
In an article on Sino-US economic and trade relations, Prof. Albert PARK from Division of Public Policy said that US President Joe BIDEN does not have any political reason to take a softer stance towards China than his predecessor Donald TRUMP did.
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  • Environment & Sustainability
Maritime sector plays a vital role in tackling issues
03/04/2020
Prof. Christine LOH,Chief Development Strategist of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) said in an article that the maritime sector plays a vital role in tackling issues such as trade and growth, climate change, global infrastructure as well as food and energy security.
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  • Social Changes and Health
Is handmade waterproof fabric face mask a solution?
03/04/2020
Prof. Joseph KWAN, Adjunct Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) shared the pros and cons of handmade waterproof fabric face mask, saying while these masks’ filter efficiency can exceed 90%, there may be insufficient ventilation.
  • Student Bonding & Development
Startup to help the hearing impaired
03/04/2020
An exclusive interview with Sigurd Anders BERG, Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management (T&M-DDP) alumnus – the Product Manager of a startup company Incus which was co-founded by Prof. Richard SO from Department of Industrial Engineering and Decision Analytics (IEDA) and his student Calvin ZHANG. Berg talked about a novel hearing aid technology developed by Prof So’s team which could effectively differentiate environmental noise from human sound.
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  • Social Changes and Health
Filtration Efficiency of Surgical Masks Sold In the Market
09/04/2020
Prof. Joseph KWAN, Adjunct Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) helped test the filtration efficiency of surgical masks sold in loose packs in the market and found that their particle filtration efficiency only ranged between 1.3% to 59.6%. Prof. Kwan said these masks give the users a sense of false security and advised against buying them.
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  • Innovation & Technology
  • Social Changes and Health
New Smart Anti-microbial Coating is Helping the Needy
15/04/2020
The new smart anti-microbial coating developed by the research team led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and Prof. YEUNG King Lun, Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) was being used to sterilize the homes of 1,100 grassroots families under the sponsorship of the Lee Hysan Foundation.
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  • Innovation & Technology
  • Social Changes and Health
Smart Anti-microbial Coating & the Possibility of Mask Reuse
15/04/2020
Prof. Joseph KWAN, Adjunct Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) and his PhD student Kristy SUEN shared their research on smart anti-microbial coating and the possibility of mask reuse.
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  • Public Policy
Singaporeans should not be boastful or “haolian” when they are doing well
15/04/2020
Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice of Division of Public Policy (PPOL) commented about lockdown life amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the Singaporean government should have done more about the wretched living conditions of their foreign workers.
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  • Social Changes and Health
How social distancing might stick after the coronavirus
15/04/2020
Prof. Donald LOW, Professor of Practice of Division of Public Policy (PPOL) commented on how lock-down life amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  • Innovation & Technology
  • Social Changes and Health
New Smart Anti-microbial Coating Will Be Applied to Buses
17/04/2020
The new smart anti-microbial coating developed by the research team led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and Prof. YEUNG King Lun, Professor of Division of Environment and Sustainability (ENVR) will be applied to 140 buses of the New Lantau Bus company.
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  • Business & Economy
Impact on China’s Economic Development by COVID-19
21/04/2020
Prof. Albert HA, Affiliated Faculty of Dual Degree Program in Technology and Management (T&M-DDP) shared his thoughts that the western countries would want to punish China for the COVID-19 pandemic, this could lead to a further deterioration of China's international relations and further damage to its economic growth.