What you’ll learn

  • Limits, Continuity, and Differentiation in Engineering Calculus
  • Applications of Derivatives
  • Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
  • Techniques of Integration
  • Applications of Definite Integrals
  • Engineering Differential Equations and First Order Equations
  • Homogeneous,Inhomogeneous Equations, and Exact Equations
  • Homogeneous Linear Equations with Constant Coefficients
  • Cauchy-Euler Equations andLaplace Transforms
  • How to analyze a given engineering problem
  • Ways to identify appropriate calculus and ordinary differential equations (ODE) skills
  • How to formulate the mathematical problem
  • How to find the solutions for engineering problems

Meet your instructor

Kwok Wing Chow

Professor K.W. Chow is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at HKU. His research interests focus on wave propagation, fluid mechanics and nonlinear dynamics, especially on the topics of solitons and rogue waves. He has also worked extensively in biomedical engineering fields, e.g. the applications of continuum mechanics to blood flow diseases (aneurysms and stenosis). He has served on the Editorial Board of the journal Wave Motion and the Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Bureau of the Government. In terms of teaching, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in fluid mechanics, differential equations, complex variables, numerical analysis, probability and statistics.

Kai Man Tsang

Professor K.M. Tsang is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at HKU. His main research is in the area of Analytic Number Theory, in particular, in connection with the Riemann zeta-function and Waring-Goldbach type equations. Apart from the present course, Professor Tsang also teaches/has taught courses on Number Theory, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, etc.

What you’ll learn

  • The major areas in FinTech, includingMoney and Payment,Digital Finance and Alternative Finance
  • Major technological trends, including cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, AI and Big Data
  • FinTech Regulation and RegTech
  • The fundamental role of Data and Security in data-driven finance
  • Business and regulatory implications of technology for the financial industry
  • How regulations and RegTech are applied
  • Ways to analyse and evaluate what is driving technology innovation in Finance
  • How new technology impacts economies, markets, companies, and individuals

Meet your instructors

Douglas Arner

Douglas W. Arner is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at the University of Hong Kong and Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”. In addition, he is Director of the HKU LLM in Compliance and Regulation, and a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Douglas is a member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and an Executive Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Structured Finance Association. Douglas has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Financial Services Board and Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has lectured, co-organised conferences and seminars and been involved with financial sector reform projects in over 20 economies in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at Duke University, the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, the Interdisciplinary Centre – Herzliya, McGill University, Melbourne University, National University of Singapore, University of New South Wales, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Zurich University, among others. Douglas served as Head of the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2014 and from 2006 to 2011 he was the Director of the Faculty’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law, which he co-founded in 1999 along with the LLM in Corporate and Financial Law (of which he serves as Director). He was Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law from 2005 to 2016 and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for International Finance and Regulation from 2010-2016. In 2007, he received HKU’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award and served as Convenor of HKU’s Law, Policy and Development Strategic Research Theme from 2008-2012. Before joining HKU in 2000, he was the Sir John Lubbock Support Fund Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London.

Janos Barberis

Janos Barberis has an established track record in the FinTech industry (32nd Most Powerfull Dealmaker, Institutional Investor) and Academia (13th legal scholar in world, SSRN) and is driven to deliver actionable foresight. His area of focus on FinTech Regulation and RegTech Developments and emerging trends. Academically, he developed the world's leading research which is directly used by regulators for policy design. Professionally, he has founded SuperCharger, Asia's leading FinTech accelerator sponsored by Tier 1 clients and strong of an alumni network of 26 companies, which have raised in excess of US$370million. Finally, he co-edited, The FinTech Book, a global bestseller, covering 60 experts with over 20,000 copies distributed in 106 countries and 6 languages and is due to release three more titles in Q1 of 2018, including the world's first book on RegTech. In last 3 years, he has completed over 100 keynotes (i.e. SIBOS), private client workshops (i.e Natixis), professional training (i.e. CFA), regulators consultations (i.e. ADB) and online lectures (i.e. HKU). His work is regularly cited by the media (i.e. Forbes), industry (i.e. E&Y) or governments (i.e. FSB). He holds several board appointments (i.e. WEF, SFC) has published over a dozen academic article and is published in 5 books.

Huy Nguyen Trieu

Huy Nguyen Trieu is co-founder of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship. He is also the CEO of The Disruptive Group – a business builder and advisory firm in innovation and finance. Prior to The Disruptive Group, Huy was a Managing Director at Citi, and previously at RBS and SG. Before banking, he was the CEO of Ukibi, a VC-funded startup in the US. He is a frequent keynote speaker in Europe and Asia, likes to teach and share with students and entrepreneurs, and is regularly quoted in articles on innovation and finance. He writes the blog Disruptive Finance, is a Fintech Fellow at the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College, an Entrepreneurship Expert at Oxford Said Entrepreneurship Centre. He is also a member of ESMA’s Consultative Working Group for financial innovation and a founding member of the Asian SuperCharger, one of the largest Fintech accelerators in Asia.

Ross Buckley

Ross Buckley is King & Wood Mallesons Professor of International Finance Law, and a Scientia Professor, at UNSW Sydney, and Series Co-Editor of the Global Trade Law Series and International Banking and Finance Law Series, of Wolters Kluwer of The Hague. His research focus is FinTech, RegTech and blockchain and the enabling regulation of digital financial services in developing countries. He consults regularly to the Asian Development Bank, and has consulted to government departments in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the U.S. He has been twice a Fulbright Scholar, and frequently a half-bright scholar.

Course Overview

“If history is our guide, we can assume that the battle between the intellect and will of the human species and the extraordinary adaptability of microbes will be never-ending.” (1)

Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.

This is the first (orgins of novel pathogens) of the four courses, covers these topics:

  • Epidemics: Past, Present and Future
  • Discussion on Ebola and Zika Outbreak, and Supplementary Module on Next Generation Informatics for Global Health
  • Ecology, Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Detective: Bug Hunting in Epidemics


What You’ll Learn

  • Historic transitions and emergence of epidemic infections
  • Factors leading to infectious disease emergence and re-emergence
  • Regions with higher risk and estimated economic costs of emerging infectious disease
  • Ecology, evolution and emergence of infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, H5N1, H7N9, H1N1 and Swine Influenza
  • Discovery, proof of association and causation, and control (case review on SARS)

Meet Your Instructors

Gabriel M. Leung

Professor at The University of Hong Kong Gabriel Leung is Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. He is also Chair Professor in the School of Public Health and honorary consultant in family medicine and primary care. Previously he was Head of the Department of Community Medicine. Gabriel Leung served in government as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive's Office. He regularly advises various national and international agencies including the World Health Organization, World Bank and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kwok-Yung Yuen

Professor at The University of Hong Kong Professor Kwok-Yung Yuen, Chair of Infectious Diseases at HKU, has the rare distinction of being a microbiologist, surgeon and physician. He is a fellow of both the UK and Hong Kong Colleges of Pathologists, Surgeons and Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. KY Yuen was the first Director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases at HKU– the first State Key Laboratory outside the Mainland. He was also the Scientific Co-director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre. KY Yuen played a key role in the discovery of the agent causing SARS, and also published the first clinical and laboratory diagnostic paper on Influenza A H5N1 in the Lancet.

Joseph Wu

Professor at The University of Hong Kong Joseph Wu leads the infectious disease modeling research at the HKU School of Public Health. His primary research is on influenza epidemiology and control, particularly focusing on pandemic preparedness and response. His work primarily entails developing mathematical models to assess the potential benefits and logistical requirement of influenza epidemic mitigation and surveillance strategies. He is a member of the Scientific Committee for the Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong. Joseph Wu is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Communicable Diseases Dynamics (CCDD) at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the coordinator of the annual CCDD infectious disease modeling course.

Mark Jit

Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Mark Jit works as both a Senior Lecturer in Vaccine Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also in the Modelling and Economics Unit of Public Health England. He teaches postgraduate and professional courses on modelling and economics of infectious diseases. His main research interest is in epidemiological and economic modelling of infectious disease control interventions to support evidence-based public health decision making. In particular, his work has helped inform immunisation policy on a range of vaccines (including HPV, pneumococcal, rotavirus and influenza vaccines) in both developed and developing countries.