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Timeline :: Hong Kong - First Chair in Social Work at University of Hong Kong

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Jean Robertson was a Scot who was appointed the first chair of social work at the University of Hong Kong. She had trained at University of Glasgow (MA Dip Social Science) and worked at the university settlement in Anderston before emigrating to work in munitions factories in Australia during World War 2. She was appointed Director of Field Work at Melbourne University in 1938, then went on to the University of Wellington's School of Social Science in 1949. She founded the social work course at the National University of Singapore (then University of Malaya) in 1952, where she stayed for 15 years, training social workers from all over the Far East.

Jean returned to the UK in 1972; she died two years later in a car accident in France.

Source: Miller (2016) and Glasgow University online archives.