Message from the Department Head
The Department of Economics and Finance is a full-fledged academic department offering programmes of study from undergraduate to doctoral research level. At the undergraduate level, the Department offers two up-to-date programmes – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Technology. The B.A. in Economics and Finance programme adopts a broad-based approach to economics and finance education. The curriculum covers economic theory, financial theory, and their modelling and applications with a balance in quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. The B.Comm. in Financial Technology programme aims to equip students with skills to handle the rapidly changing technological development and cyber-transformation in the financial industry. The curriculum covers theories and technology in finance, economics and law, big data analysis and regulatory technology.
All Economics and Finance students have opportunities to take up internships in business or financial enterprises in order to broaden their horizon beyond the classroom. All FinTech students have opportunities to take up internships in financial technology applications in business or financial enterprises to gain real-world experiences.
At the post-graduate level, the Department offers both Master of Philosophy in Economics and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programmes. The Department will provide wide-ranging and focused research guidance to research students, with an emphasis on rigourous economic analysis and thorough empirical verification.
To meet the demands for research expertise in a full-fledged department, The Department of Economics and Finance has established three research centers.
The Business, Economic and Public Policy Research Centre provides research on studies of regional business and public policies. It focuses on issues such as the pillars of the Hong Kong economy, tourism, local retail industry, education, religion, and community development.
The Sustainable Real Estate Research Center focuses on sustainable development with particular interests on the co-development of economies, the environment, and society. The Center aims to promote global sustainable real estate research, to provide up-to-date information for policy-makers, and to serve as an academic research hub for hosting visiting scholars and researchers in the field.
The SRS Consortium for Advanced Study in Dynamic Cooperative Games is a joint research initiative for advanced study in dynamic cooperation under the auspices of Shue Yan University, Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University. Game theory is one of the core subjects of decision sciences which offers wide applications in economics, management science, engineering, political science, and many other disciplines. The requirement for an advanced study institute is the availability of contributions of ground-breaking works in the field. Since the establishment of the SRS Consortium in 2010, more than half a dozen seminal works in game theory have been contributed by members of the Consortium.
These research centers provide facilities for faculty members to develop their research and open up routes for collaboration with local and overseas institutions and universities.
With the joint efforts of faculty members and students, we strive to build a Department with its own niche in curriculum and research.
Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. David Yeung
Distinguished Research Professor and
Director of SRS Consortium