In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 108 Endowed Professorships have been established.
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Mr Patrick S C Poon

Patrick S C Poon Professorship in Statistics and Actuarial Science

"The establishment of this Endowed Professorship helps The University of Hong Kong secure its leadership position in the field of Statistics and Actuarial Science. May the fine tradition of teaching and research at the University be strengthened and generations of students be inspired. "

Mr Patrick S C Poon (BSc 1970)

Appointment to be announced

Appointment to be announced

Former Holder(s):

Ng Kai-Wang

Appointed in 2011

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science strives to be an international centre for excellence in research and education. The research awards won by its members include two Silver Guy Medals of the Royal Statistical Society, one Krumbein Award from the International Association for Mathematical Geology, one Chinese National Natural Science Awards (sole winner of Class II Award in mathematics) in 2000 when no Class I Award was given, two Chinese Education Ministry Natural Science Awards (Class II), two Croucher Foundation senior Research Fellow awards in Hong Kong, and at least one award in each of the five categories of HKU research award including the Distinguished Research Achievement Award.

Professor Ng is in his fourth term as head of the Department, and has played a key role in driving forward its development. Examples of his leadership include the establishment of problem-based courses in hands-on data analysis which entailed a large enrolment expansion in statistics, his proposal for a 70 percent expansion of the actuarial science programme, and his taking on of extra duties of consultative work as Acting Director of the Social Science Research Centre for 30 months, in order to earn extra funding for the Department. He has also ensured that the master’s degree in statistics has become a vital and sustainable supplementary funding source.

Professor Ng gained his PhD from the University of Toronto and joined HKU in 1979. In statistics and actuarial science he has published more than 80 articles in international journals and has co-authored six books in total, one of which has become a graduate textbook recommended by the Education Ministry in China, and other three are in world-renowned monograph series.

He has served on the editorial boards of international journals, including the leading publication in actuarial science, Insurance: Mathematics and Economics. Professor Ng has also been an office bearer at many international conferences. He is Co-Chairman of the organising committee for the 16th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, to be held in 2012 as part of the HKU centenary celebrations. He is also Vice-Chairman of the local organising committee for the 59th World Statistics Congress, to be held in the territory in 2013.

On numerous occasions, Professor Ng has given invited talks. Most recently he was a plenary speaker at a research workshop at the Fields Institute in Toronto. He was also a keynote speaker at the 14th International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, in 2010. In celebration of the first World Statistics Day (WSD) of the United Nations, he was invited by the Hong Kong Statistical Society to deliver the WSD Academic Seminar on his discovery of the Converse of Bayes’ Theorem, which will be the topic of his next book project.