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Welcome to Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

Effective from 1 September 2021, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) has been renamed as Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU).

Founded in 1989, we have indeed come a long way to become a modern comprehensive university today with about 10,000 full-time undergraduates, 1,900 postgraduates and 8,700 part-time students. We tailor our professional programmes to market trends and industry needs, thus providing our students with clear career paths. Our signature programmes include areas in high demand, such as nursing, physiotherapy, creative arts, testing and certification, early childhood education, and corporate governance. Our efforts and achievements in providing professional education are evidenced by the largest share in the number of subsidized places under the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/ Sectors (SSSDP) in Hong Kong.

Our faculty and staff ensure that students have a solid academic foundation and equip them with essential work skills and capabilities through internships, global immersion programmes, and collaborative initiatives with businesses. At HKMU, we conduct research that advances knowledge and enhances teaching, focusing on strategic areas that are uniquely relevant and beneficial to the development of Hong Kong and the region.

The HKMU Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, was officially opened in January 2021. With the addition of this brand-new third campus, HKMU offers an ideal environment for faculty, staff and students to interact.

The change of our title is undoubtedly a significant milestone marking our transformation and reflecting our current characteristics, strategic focuses and our unique positioning. It signifies our unique position in metropolitan Hong Kong and points to our aspiration in the 21st century.

Stay tuned to this website for our latest endeavours and exciting plans for the future.

Professor Paul Kwan-sing LAM

Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing

Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing became the President of Hong Kong Metropolitan University on 1 April 2021.


Professor Paul Lam studied for his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Hong Kong between 1979 and 1984. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1984 to undertake his doctorate study at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at King's College, the University of London, and then returned to Hong Kong to take up a lecturing position at City Polytechnic of Hong Kong in 1988. He subsequently held positions in a number of universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1990-1992) and the Victoria University in Australia (1992-1994). He joined the Department of Chemistry (formerly the Department of Biology and Chemistry) at City University of Hong Kong in 1994.


Professor Lam is a front-runner in the higher education sector in Hong Kong and is well-versed with academic development and university administration. Prior to joining the OUHK, he was the Executive Director of Special Projects, Jeanie Hu Professor of Science and Chair Professor of the Department of Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong. During his long service at City University since 1994, he has assumed other management positions as Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), Vice-President (Student Affairs), Chief-of-Staff and Director of State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution.


Professor Lam is a renowned scholar and expert in environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, and environmental risk assessment. Among his academic achievements, Professor Lam’s work in ecology and environmental analysis has raised environmental awareness and defined new sensitive analytical methodology for emerging chemicals of concern. He developed techniques for trace analyses of these chemicals in key environmental matrices, contributing to the international harmonization of analytical methods to address such concerns. By providing key evidence relating to the distribution and persistence of such chemicals, his research influenced policy and legislation globally.


Professor Lam was the author or co-author of over 400 publications in international refereed journals. He has been responsible for over 35 major government consultancy projects in the environmental field, including the assessments of risks to Hong Kong cetaceans and waterbirds from toxic contaminants. He was awarded the Natural Science Award (Second Class) in 2011, 2012 and 2019 by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2008 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2014 by the HKSAR Government.


Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing



Doctor of Philosophy1988University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Master of Philosophy1984University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Science1982University of Hong Kong



Occurrence, Bioaccumulation, and Toxicities of Emerging Chemicals of Concern in Environmental Matrices, Second Class Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China 2019 (as Principal Investigator)
Environmental process mechanism and quantitative structure-activity relationship study on emerging pollutants, Second Class Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China 2012 (as Co-Investigator)
Geochemistry and risk assessment of perfluorinated compounds in the Chinese southeastern coastal region, Second Class Natural Science Award, Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China 2011 (as Principal Investigator)
Distinguished Alumni Award 2019, Faculty of Science, University of Hong Kong
Award, Silver Bauhinia Star, Hong Kong SAR Government (2014)
Member, HKSAR Justices of the Peace (non-gov), Hong Kong SAR Government (2008)
Visiting Fellow, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, Australia (1998)
Jackson Memorial Fellow, Griffith University, Australia (1998)
Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship tenable at King's College, London (1987-1989)
Commonwealth Scholarship tenable at the University of Sheffield (1984-1987)
'Highly Commended Talk' award for a paper delivered to the British Ecological Society in 1984
Swire Scholarship, the University of Hong Kong (1983-1984)
Postgraduate Studentship, the University of Hong Kong (1982-1984)



City University of Hong Kong:
2020-2021 Executive Director of Special Projects, Vice-President Level (Concurrent appointment)
2020-2021 Jeanie Hu Professor of Science
2005-2021 Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry
2013-2019 Chief-of-Staff (Vice-President) (Concurrent appointment)
2010-2020 Director, State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (Concurrent appointment)
2009-2013 Vice-President (Student Affairs) (Concurrent appointment)
2007-2008 Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) (Concurrent appointment)
2004-2007 Associate Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering (Concurrent appointment)
2006-2007 Acting Head of Department, Department of Biology and Chemistry (Concurrent appointment)
2001-2005 Professor (Reader), Department of Biology and Chemistry
1996-2001 Associate Professor (Scale A), Department of Biology and Chemistry
1994-1996 Associate Professor (Scale B), Department of Biology and Chemistry

Victoria University of Technology, Australia:

1992-1994 Lecturer, Department of Environmental Management

Chinese University of Hong Kong:

1990-1992 Lecturer, Department of Biology

City Polytechnic of Hong Kong:

1988-1990 Lecturer, Department of Applied Science



Master of Philosophy: 19 completed
Doctor of Philosophy: 50 completed; 5 in progress



Editor-in-chief Aquatic Toxicology (2020-present)
Subject Editor Ecosystem Health and Sustainability (2014-present)
Associate Editor Journal of Environmental Sciences (2015-present)
Member Editorial Advisory Board, Environmental Science & Technology (since 2010)
Member Editorial Board of Advances in Environmental Research (AER) (since 2011)
Member Editorial Board of Environmental Chemistry (HUANJING HUAXUE)
Associate Editor Chemosphere (Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment) (2004-2008)
Hon. Professor Nanjing University, China
Hon. Professor South China Normal University, China
Hon. Professor University of Queensland, Australia
Visiting Prof. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.
External PhD Advisor Shantou University, China (2017-2019)
Member Management Committee and Steering Committee of the Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund, Hong Kong Airport Authority (2016-2020)
Member Advisory Council on the Environment, HK SAR Government (2005-2016)
Deputy Chairman Advisory Council on the Environment, HK SAR Government (2009)
Chairman Advisory Council on the Environment, HK SAR Government (2010-2016)
Member Town Planning Board, Hong Kong SAR Government (2006-2012)
Member Country and Marine Parks Board, Hong Kong SAR Government (2005-2011)
Chairman Marine Parks Committee, Country and Marine Parks Board, Hong Kong SAR Government (2005-2011)
Member Marine Mammal Conservation Working Group, Hong Kong SAR Government (2001-2007)
Member Red Tide/Harmful Algal Bloom Expert Advisory Group, Hong Kong SAR Government (2004-2020)
Member Management & Development Committee of the Mai Po Marshes, WWF Hong Kong (2001-2005)
Member Wetland Advisory Committee, HK SAR Government (1999-2004)
Chairman Management sub-committee, Wetland Advisory Committee, HK SAR Government (1999-2004)
Member HKSAR Steering Committee for Research Themes under the Research Endowment Fund (2009-2017)
Member Advisory Committee on Post-service Employment of Civil Servants, HK SAR Government (2011-2017)
Member Independent Commission Against Corruption Operations Review Committee (2015-2020)
Member HKSAR Witness Protection Review Board Panel (2015-2020)



From Ministry of Science and Technology, Peoples' Republic of China:

YearSourceAmount (in HK$)
2018Research Projects funded by the Mainland Government
“Conventional and Emerging Chiral Halogenated Flame Retardants in Marine and Estuarine Food Webs in Subtropical Hong Kong Waters: Accumulation Profiles, Trophic Transfer, and Source Identification”

From Hong Kong SAR Government:

YearSourceAmount (in HK$)
2017Sustainable Fisheries Development Fund (SFDF)
“Establishment of a commercially viable recirculating system for rearing fish fingerlings: a demonstration project for public education”

From Municipal Government of Shenzhen:

YearSourceAmount (in RMB)
2017Shenzhen Innovative Technology Committee
“Study on Ecological Thresholds in Urbanized Coastal Bay Areas”

From Natural Science Foundation of China:

YearSourceAmount (in HK$)
2012Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Grant
Assessment and Characterization of Novel and Unknown Per- and Polyfluorinated Compounds in Pearl River and Yangtze River Delta

From Hong Kong Research Grants Council:

YearSourceAmount (in HK$)
2012NSFC/RGC Joint Research Scheme, Research Grants Council
Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Sewage Treatment Works of China: Behaviour and Risk Assessment
2015Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), Research Grants Council
“Benthic and epiphytic toxic algae (BETA): An emerging threat to coral ecosystems in Hong Kong waters”
2009Collaborative Research Fund (CRF), Research Grants Council
“Algal Toxins: Development of Analytical and Bioassay Detection Methods and Assessment of Environmental Transfer in Marine Food Webs”
2016General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council
“Environmental assessment of chiral pharmaceuticals in Hong Kong and its surrounding region: occurrence, fate and potential toxicological significance”
2014General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council
“Conventional and emerging halogenated flame retardants in marine and estuarine food webs in subtropical Hong Kong waters: accumulation profiles, trophic transfer, and source identification”
2013General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council
“Population trends, food sources, habitat use, and trace element exposure of marine mammals in Pearl River Delta: using teeth as biological time capsules for tracing environmental changes”
2010General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council
“Measurement and assessment of novel halogenated flame retardants in waterbirds and marine cetaceans in Hong Kong”
2008General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grants Council
“Distribution, accumulation, and trophic transfer of perfluorinated compounds, and total and extractable organic fluorine in an aquatic food web of a tropical wetland”
2007Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Measurement and assessment of perfluorinated compounds in waterbirds and marine cetaceans in Hong Kong”
2005Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Study of Perfluorinated Compounds and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the Pearl River Estuary”
2004Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Assessment of the Transfer of Contaminants Accumulated in Fisheries Resources to Cetaceans in Hong Kong: A Novel Assessment of Bioavailability Using an In Vitro Physiologically-based Extraction Test (PBET)”
2003Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Assessment of Risk to Cetaceans along the South China Coast Due to Contaminants with Special Reference to the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins”
2002Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Assessment of Risk to Ardeids in Hong Kong Due to Organochlorine and Organotin Contaminants with Special Reference to the Mai Po/Inner Deep Bay Ramsar site”
2000Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Biokinetics and biotransformation of PSP toxins in green-lipped and common fan mussels in Hong Kong”
1997Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Use of protein phosphatase inhibition assay for screening tumour-promoting toxins in aquatic systems: a colorimetric approach”
1996Earmarked Research Grant (CERG), Research Grants Council
“Sublethal effects of toxicants on the patterns of energy allocation and nutrient utilization of freshwater snails”
As a core member of the Area of Excellence Scheme “Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology – MERIT” under the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, China (Project No. AoE/P-04/2004). The total funding for a team of 23 local members and 5 overseas members is HK$45 million for 5 years (2004-2009).  
As the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (2010-2020), which receives HK$ 10 million annually from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong SAR Government.  



> 30 major consultancy projects, with total contract value of > HK$40,000,000, including:  
“Provision of Consultancy Services to Develop Options for a Fisheries Monitoring Programme in Hong Kong” for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (2019-2021)  
“Fish Resources Study for the Proposed Marine Park in the Brothers Islands” for Highways Department (2012-2017)  
“Provision of Services for the Technical Review and Statistical Analysis of the Datasets of Waterbird Monitoring Programme for the Deep Bay Area” for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (2012-2016)  
“Assessment of Environmental Contaminants in Marine Mammals in Hong Kong” for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (2008-2009)  
“Study on Persistent Organic Pollutants in Local Waterbirds in Hong Kong” for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (2006-2007)  
“Independent Expert to Investigate the Alleged Claim of High Oyster Mortality in Deep Bay due to the HK-SWC Construction Works” for Highways Department (2004)  
“Development of a Biological Indicator System for Monitoring Marine Pollution” for Environmental Protection Department (2001-2003)  
“Consultancy Study on Fisheries and Marine Ecological Criteria for Impact Assessment” for Agriculture and Fisheries Department (1999-2001)  
“Environmental Impact Assessment on the Construction of a Large Thermal Power Station (approx. 5000 MW) at Black Point” for China Light and Power Company (1991)  
“Environmental Impact of Marine Fish Culture Industry in Hong Kong” for Hong Kong Government (1989-1990)



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