CHU Kai Wah

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Professor Chu Kai Wah Samuel 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; 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 focus on helping seniors to stay young cognitively, 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 400 articles and books, with over 126 of them appearing in 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 47 over the years. 

He has been a Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2016-2022), and has been a Consultant for UNESCO Bangkok, Education Bureau in HK, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education Asia, and was the ASIS&T Director of Chapter Assembly (2020-2021). 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.

Research interests

  • Gerontechnology
  • Intergenerational Learning
  • AI literacy
  • Game-based Learning
  • Gamification in Education
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Digital Literacies
  • Social Media in Education




Doctor of Philosophy at University College London (focusing on e-Learning), Institute of Education (Ranked 1st in the world - QS 2023)


Doctor of Philosophy in Education (focusing on Information and Library Science), Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU is ranked World Number One for Education and Educational Research by U.S. News & World Report in 2022-2023)


Master of Library Science, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia (Ranked 1st in the world - QS 2020)


Finished the first term of an one-year program for Secondary School Teaching Certificate, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia


Bachelor of Commerce, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (Ranked 37th in the world - Times Higher Education 2022)



Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (overseeing the most prestigious research grants in HK)

2015 - 2021

Member of the Curriculum Development Council Committee on Learning Resources & Support Services

2011 – 2012

Member of the Assessment Panel on Information Technology in Education [AP(ITE)], Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence (2011/2012)

2011, 2013, 2019

Adjudicator of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and Hong Kong Teacher-Librarians’ Association (HKTLA) Teacher Librarian Excellent Achievement Award 2011, 2013, 2019, 2020

2009, 2011, 2014

Member of the Judging Panel of the 2009, 2011 & 2014 Hong Kong Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise Award


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor, Education (Information Science HKU, HK)

Doctor, Education (e-Learning, UCL Institute of Education, UK)


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