The MSW (China) Programme was launched by the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in summer 2000 with the support of the Department of Sociology at Peking University. It responds to the increasing demand for professionally trained social work personnel and social work educators in mainland China. The serious shortage of social work trainers in the PRC prompted the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to organize the "Train-the-Trainers" programme for Chinese social work educators with Peking University in 2000. After more than 10 years of endeavor, over 150 graduates from five cohorts have actively participated in promoting social work education and services in over 68 universities in 25 different provinces and cities. Their successes and contributions have been significant and well- recognized.
In 2011, ten years after the inception of the programme, the China Social Work Consortium was established at the MSW 10th Anniversary Reunion Gathering. The Consortium aims to foster a tight-knit network among MSW graduates. As the graduates work in diverse fields and locations, the consortium serves as a platform for them to exchange professional information and share their personal lives. Besides facilitating interaction, the consortium also aims to function as a vehicle for dialogue and innovations in the development of social work in China. As many graduates are now in positions of leadership, their opinions and exchanges will drive the development of the social work profession in China.