College Master: Professor David Pong
Professor David Pong comes to UM from the University of Delaware in the United States. He earned his B.A. Hons. and PhD degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. Apart from the University of Delaware, he has taught at the University of London, Australian National University, Princeton University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His field of study is the modern history of China, from c. 1800 to the early part of the 20th century. At Delaware, he founded and directed the Asian Studies Program, the study abroad program in China, and had served as the Chair of the History Department. His publications include three books, 5 edited books, and more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, essays, as well as numerous encyclopædia entries. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the definitive, 4-volume Encyclopedia of Modern China, which receives the American Library Association’s Dartmouth Medal Honorable Mention for a reference work published in 2009. Among his many honours are an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, the Australian National University’s Institute of Advanced Studies Research Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence award, and the “Asianist Award” given by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Asian Studies for his life-long contributions to scholarship and service to the profession. Active in education reforms, he had served on the State of Delaware Social Studies Curriculum Framework Commission, the General Education reform in tertiary education in Hong Kong, among others. He has recently been appointed Overseas Senior Research Fellow at the Modern History Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University.
Prof. Pong actively engages in sports activities and once upon a time played a mean game of squash, tennis, table tennis, and many other games. He also enjoys board games – chess, bridge, weiqi, etc. – and loves music. An evening in the symphony hall is heaven to him.