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To develop and implement a holistic sustainability strategy and action plans which are aligned to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.




As a university with global reach and influence, HKU is determined to bolster its commitment to sustainability. The HKU Vision 2016-2025 stated the principles of sustainability will guide the planning and development of HKU at all levels, and that the university will respond purposefully to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


To actualise this vision, an interdisciplinary task force comprising professional and academic colleagues, as well as students, have been set up to plan and implement a sustainability strategy which is aligned with the SDGs for the university. The strategy and action plans are aimed to be developed and commenced by the end of 2019, the first-year-goal achieved by end of 2020, mid-term-goal by 2025, and long-term-goal by 2030. The progress of the strategy implementation will be reported every year in the Sustainability Report.


Task Force Membership


Joy Lam Head of Sustainability Office (Leader)
Bin Jiang Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture (Deputy Leader)
Margaret Burnett Programme Director and Lecturer, Corporate Environmental Governance Programme, Faculty of Social Sciences
Yuki Chan Project Manager, Sustainability Office
Alex Chen M.D., PhD Candidate, School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (PG student representative)
Molly Ching Assistant Director, Finance and Enterprises Office
John Doherty PhD Candidate, Environmental Geochemistry & Oceanography, Swire Institute of Marine Science, Department of Earth Sciences (PG student representative)
Puja Kapai Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
Sylvia Lam Head of Procurement, Finance and Enterprises Office
Ng Cheuk Hei Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 1 (UG student representative nominated by HKU Students' Union Council)
Y. C. Ng Assistant Director, Estates Office
Sam Poon Senior Catering Manager, CEDARS
Michael Tse Director, Active Health Clinic 
Àisha Wahab Bachelor of Social Sciences, Year 3 (UG student representative)


This initiative is under the SMARTER@HKU Programme which is launched in 2017 to modernise professional services and create an enabling platform for the University to pursue its vision to become Asia's Global University by 2025. The work of the task force is guided by the SMARTER@HKU Steering Group and is supported by Sam Ho, Senior Programme Manager at the SMARTER@HKU Programme Management Office and Oles Kwong, Sustainability Analyst at the Sustainability Office.


To better reflect the university’s impact on SDGs, HKU has adopted a new approach for the latest Sustainability Report 2017 by aligning the University’s consolidated efforts to the 17 SDGs. HKU has also joined the Times Higher Education’s (THE) latest Impact Ranking, submitting the required metrics for four SDGs, including the mandatory SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals, and chosen ones on SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4 Quality Education and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, and was ranked 10th globally.