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IGCS Director

Dr. Michael Y. L. Luk, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Chinese History (Toronto)

MPhil. (HKU)



An expert with extensive experience in academia, education, research, and administrative managerial roles.


Currently an Honorary Associate Professor of the Department of History and School of Chinese of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Hong Kong, and then pursued his doctorate from the University of Toronto in Canada with the support of Commonwealth PhD Scholarships back in the 1970s.


Dr. Luk has a long history of serving the University of Hong Kong, as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at the Department of  History, as a Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and as a Deputy Director of the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.  At HKU, he was also an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies.

Dr. Luk’s main areas of research and writing are modern Chinese history and contemporary China studies. Other areas include global and public policy (Hong Kong) studies, higher education and social entrepreneurship. A major academic publication by Dr. Luk is The Origins of Chinese Bolshevism: An Ideology in the Making, 1920-1928 (Oxford University Press, 1990). He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern China (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009) on “Origins of Communist Though in China.”


Outside HKU, Dr. Luk was Associate Director (Administration) of the Hong Kong Institute of Education during 1994-1997. He is an associate of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute and the Social Enterprise Summit in Hong Kong. He has been the Founder and Managing Director of DragonNet Consulting Services Limited since 2008 and Founder and Convenor of the Hong Kong-based Institute for Greater China Studies since 2012.

Director & Founder 




1976 - 1994

Lecturer & Senior Lecturer

Department of History, HKU

1985 - 1988


Faculty of Arts, HKU

1989 - 1991


Congress of International Association of Historians of Asia

1991 - 1993


Interantaional Congress of ASsan and North African Studies

1994 - 1997

Associate Director (Adminstration)

The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

1998 - 2007

Deputy Director

HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education

2007 - 2011

Honorary Research Fellow

Centre of Asian Studies, HKU

2007 - Current

Honorary Associate Professor

Department of History and School of Chinese, HKU

2012 - Current

Founding Director & Convenor

Institute of Greater China Studies (IGCS)

2012 - Current

Consultant and Project Programme Director

Academic Liaison Office, HKU

2023 - Current

Honorary Strategic Advisor

Society of Asia Pacific Focus (APAC Focus)

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