Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) announced the conferment of the title of Emeritus Professor on Professor Wong Ming-hung with effect from 1 September 2013 in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the University and outstanding achievements in academia.
Joining the University in 1986 as Head of the Department of Biology, Professor Wong became the first Chair Professor of the University in 1990. He will have served the University for 27 years by the time he retires in late August 2013. During his headship, Professor Wong laid a solid foundation for the development of the Department and helped transform it into one of the strongest departments in the field of Environmental Science and Biology in Hong Kong. Professor Wong also played an indispensable role in reforming the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology/Biotechnology programme and developing the MSc in Environmental and Public Health Management programme, the latter being the first self-financed postgraduate programme of HKBU.
Professor Wong was also instrumental in the setting up of the University’s Institute for Natural Resources and Waste Management in 1997, and was the founding director of the Institute. Under his leadership, the Institute quickly became one of the best research centres of its kind in Hong Kong and the Greater China region, dedicated to environmental research and its practical applications in order to serve the community at large. Because of its outstanding research achievements, the Institute not only won worldwide recognition but was also one of the few local research institutes to have received funding support from The Croucher Foundation, as a result of which the Institute was renamed the Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences (CIES) in 2004. Professor Wong stepped down from the directorship of the Institute in 2011.
A leading expert and prolific scholar in the areas of environmental science and environmental toxicology, Professor Wong has published more than 500 SCI papers and 32 book chapters, and edited 25 books and special issues of scientific journals. According to ISI Web of Knowledge, he is currently the most cited Chinese scientist in the area of Environmental Science/Ecology. In addition to his academic and research work, Professor Wong is committed to serving on both local and international professional bodies.
Over the years, the strong multi-disciplinary research team led by Professor Wong has successfully obtained dozens of research funds from the Research Grants Council and various funding agents and foundations, as well as a number of consultancy projects from government departments and private consultancy companies.