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Prof. Samuel Kai Wah Chu

Dr Samuel Kai Wah Chu is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Health Studies at the Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

Professor Chu is a multi-disciplinary researcher with a diverse background. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Library Science from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He then completed 2 PhDs in Education – one focusing on e-Learning from University College London, Institute of Education in the UK and another one focusing on Information and Library Science from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). 

He is an expert in 3 academic areas: (1). Information and Library Sciences (ranked among the top 0.46% of scholars in Information & Library Sciences in 2021 - ranked 60 out of 12,940 scientists in the field worldwide - A study by Stanford University); (2). Education (especially gamified learning) - Professor Chu won his Faculty’s Outstanding Researcher Award as early as in 2013. HKU was ranked World Number One for Education and Educational Research by the U.S. News & World Report in 2022-2023; and (3). Health Sciences - Professor Chu has published many journal articles in the area of Health Education / Health Literacy in the past 10+ years. In recent years, he’s synergizing the 3 areas and focusing on helping seniors to enhance their cognitive abilities, and stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Professor Chu has been involved in over 70 research projects with a total funding exceeding 11 million USD. He has published more than 500 articles and books, with 140+ of them appearing in peer-reviewed international academic journals. Dr. Chu has received many awards including Faculty’s Knowledge Exchange Award in 2016 and Excellent Health Promotion Project Award from Food and Health Bureau in 2017. He achieved an h-index of 48 over the years. 

He is an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong and also an Honorary Professor at Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education. He is currently a member of Humanities and Social Sciences Panel (Joint Research Schemes) of the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong and was a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of RGC (2016-2022) responsible for overseeing the most prestigious research grants in HK. He has been a Consultant for UNESCO Bangkok, Education Bureau in HK, Oxford University Press and Pearson Education Asia. Due to his numerous contributions to The Association of Information Science & Technology / ASIS&T (A prominent society in Information Science and Technology founded in 1937), he obtained the honour to become an ASIS&T Distinguished Member in 2022. He is also an Advisor for EdTech startups at HK Science and Technology Parks and the Founding Chairman of Academy 22 Education for All Foundation.

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