Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Motto 開物成務 勵學利民[1]
Motto in English To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind[2]
Established 1937 (granted full university status in 1994)
Type UGC-funded institution
Chancellor The Hon Leung Chun-ying
President Prof. Timothy W. Tong
Students More than 32,000
Location Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website Official website
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Traditional Chinese 香港理工大學
Simplified Chinese 香港理工大学
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Abbreviation: PolyU or HKPU) is a public university located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. The history of PolyU can be traced back to 1937, and it assumed full university status in 1994. It is one of the funded institutions of territory's University Grants Committee (UGC).

The University prides itself on its professional education, innovative research and close ties with business and industry. Over the years, PolyU has nurtured more than 355,000 graduates, many of whom have become movers and shakers in business and industry, and leaders in their professions. The University has an international faculty and student community and has developed a global network with more than 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. On the research front, PolyU’s innovations have been applauded and honoured worldwide for meeting the evolving needs of society and benefiting the community.[citation needed]

PolyU offers some 220 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes for more than 32,000 students every year. It is the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in terms of number of students. The University emphasizes the holistic education of students, aiming to nurture critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders in their professions as well as responsible global citizens.


PolyU has played an important role in the different stages of social and economic development of our community, helping to propel progress in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the world.

Four stages of development

  • 1937: Founded of the Government Trade School, the origin of the Institution. Situated at Wood Road, Wanchai, the School was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong.
  • 1947: After World War II, the School became the Hong Kong Technical College. The year 1957 saw the opening of the new premises of the College in Hung Hom, signifying the beginning of a new chapter in the provision of industrial education in Hong Kong.
  • 1972: The Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established, and its mandate was to provide professionally oriented education to meet community's need for professional manpower.
  • 25 November 1994: Having gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree programmes, the Institution assumed full university status, and had its name changed to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

World Recognition[edit]

World Rankings of PolyU

  • QS "50 Under 50" list of world's top young universities (2013/14): 8th in the world, 3rd in Hong Kong
  • QS Asian University Rankings 2014: 27th in Asia, 5th in Hong Kong
  • QS World University Rankings 2013/14: 161st in the world, 26th in Asia, 5th in Hong Kong
  • Times Higher Education's 100 Under 50 World University Rankings 2014: 30th in the world, 6th in Asia, 3rd in Hong Kong
  • Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2014: 35th in Asia, 5th in Hong Kong

World Rankings of Faculties, Schools and Disciplines

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
  • 39th in the subject of statistics and operational research according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
Faculty of Business
  • 68th in the Top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools by University of Texas at Dallas, based on research contributions to 24 leading business journals from 2009 to 2013
Faculty of Construction and Environment
  • 4th in the quality and impact of research publications in the area of civil engineering, according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2013
  • 15th in the subject of civil and structural engineering, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
Faculty of Engineering
  • 24th in the subject of computer science, according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2013
  • 39th in the subject of mechanical engineering, according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2013
  • 42nd in the subject of engineering – mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
  • 50th in the subject of computer science and information systems, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
Faculty of Humanities
  • 23rd in the subject of linguistics, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
School of Design
  • among top 3 design schools in Greater China, according to BusinessWeek (Oct 2009 issue)
  • among top 25 design schools in the world and is the only selected design school in Asia, according to Business Insider magazine (Dec 2012 issue)
School of Hotel and Tourism Management
  • 2nd in research and scholarly activities among institutions specializing in hospitality and tourism, according to the World Ranking of Top 100 Hospitality and Tourism Programs by Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research (Nov 2009 issue)

Faculties and Schools[edit]

The University’s teaching units are grouped under 8 Faculties and Schools, offering over 220 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes. Also, PolyU is the first institution in Hong Kong to incorporate service learning into the undergraduate degree programmes as core subjects, with an aim to inspire students to engage not only in lifelong learning, but also lifelong serving. The service learning subjects are offered by 20 departments from 8 faculties and schools, covering a variety of community service projects.

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles Faculty of Business Faculty of Construction and Environment
Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Faculty of Humanities
School of Design School of Hotel and Tourism Management College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE)


There are more than 2,700 ongoing research projects conducting by PolyU’s Faculties and Schools, with over HK$1,500 million funding from research grants and external funds. PolyU receives international recognition for its inventions. It has won more than 200 awards, including nearly 70 Gold Awards in international invention expos held in Belgium, the Chinese mainland, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom since 2001.

Research Institutes & Research Centres [3]

In order to promote and encourage specialized research, various research centres have been set up at PolyU. Some examples are listed below: Under PolyU's Areas of Excellence Committee

   Public Policy Research Institute
   Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development

Under the Faculties and Schools Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

   Food Safety and Technology Research Centre 
   Materials Research Centre 
   The AMSS-PolyU Joint Research Institute for Engineering and Management Mathematics
   Lo Ka Chung Centre for Natural Anti-Cancer Drug Development
   Statistical Advisory Unit

Faculty of Business

   Logistics Research Centre 
   Shipping Research Centre 
   Sustainability Management Research Centre
   Asian Centre for Branding and Marketing
   Asian Competition Law and Economics Centre
   Asia-Pacific Centre for Corporate Governance Studies
   Centre for Leadership and Innovation
   C.Y. Tung International Centre for Maritime Studies
   IMC-Frank Tsao Maritime Library and Research & Development Centre

Faculty of Construction and Environment

   Research Centre for Advanced Technology in Structural Engineering 
   Research Centre for Building Environmental Engineering
   Research Centre for Construction Innovation 
   Research Centre for Construction and Real Estate Economics 
   Research Centre for Environmental Technology and Management 
   Research Centre for Fire Engineering
   Research Centre for Geo-Information Science and Technology 
   Research Centre for Urban Hazards Mitigation 
   The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Wuhan University Partner GNSS Research Centre

Faculty of Engineering

   Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Centre
   Biometrics Research Centre
   Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre 
   Photonics Research Centre
   Power Electronics Research Centre
   Research Centre for Combustion and Pollution Control 
   Research Centre for Fluid-Structure Interactions 
   Research Centre for Integrated Product Development 
   Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Bioengineering 
   Advanced Optics Manufacturing Centre
   Centre for Signal Processing
   Consortium for Sound and Vibration Research
   Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre
   Printed Circuit Board Technology Centre
   Smart Railway Research Laboratory

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

   Institute of Active Ageing
   Centre for Social Policy Studies
   Network for Health and Welfare Studies
   Professional Practice and Assessment Centre
   Centre for Third Sector Studies
   China Research and Development Network
   The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Peking University China Social Work Research Centre
   The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Yunnan University Design and Social Development Centre
   The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Sun Yat-Sen University South China Rural Research Centre
   Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
   Yan Oi Tong Au Suet Ming Child Development Centre for Giftedness
   Dr & Mrs Lui Chee Woo Centre for the Knee
   Chan Sui Kau and Chan Lam Moon Chun Centre for Sports Rehabilitation
   Centre of Sports Training and Rehabilitation
   Centre for East Meets West in Rehabilitation Sciences
   Centre for Gerontological Nursing
   World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services
   Centre for Integrative Digital Health
   Squina International Centre for Infection Control
   Centre for Myopia Research

Faculty of Humanities

   International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare
   Research Centre for Professional Communication in English 
   Centre for Translation Studies
   China-Europa Centre
   PolyU-PekingU Research Centre on Chinese Linguistics
   PolyU-Tsinghua U Centre for Language Science

School of Design

   Design Technology Research Centre
   Asian Ergonomics Design Lab
   Asian Lifestyle Design Lab
   Creativity and Design Education Lab
   Digital Entertainment Lab
   Information Design Lab
   Interaction Design Lab
   Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation
   Public Design Lab
   Urban Environments Lab
   PolyU-ZhejiangU International Design Centre
   The Hong Kong Polytechnic University-Yunnan University Design and Social Development Centre


   Aviation Services Research Centre, Boeing
   The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Impactful Projects

PolyU has a long-established innovative research culture with innovations meeting the practical needs of the community, nation and the world.


Main Campus

PolyU’s main campus has over 20 buildings, many of which are inter-connected. Apart from those being named after donors, the buildings are identified in English letters (from Block A to Z, without Blocks K, O and I). In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the University provides student hostels, a multi-purpose auditorium, sports, recreational and catering facilities, as well as a bookstore and banks.

Hung Hom campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Hung Hom campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University viewed from Hong Chong Road.

Pao Yue-kong Library

The University Library (Pao Yue-kong Library) [4] was established on 1 August 1972 to serve the then Hong Kong Polytechnic. Between 1973 and 1976, Library services were provided at two centres, one at the present University site at Hung Hom and one at Quarry Bay. The two centres were merged when they were moved to the present Library Building in 1976. On 20 December 1995, the University Library was officially named after the late Sir Yue-kong Pao.

In 2013/14, there are over 2.77 million of library holdings in total, with nearly 600,000 electronic resources. The 6-storey library provides some 3,900 study spaces and is equipped with computers, printers, a 24-hour study centre and audio-visual information areas. It opens from 8:30am to 11pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 12:00nn to 10pm on Sundays.

Jockey Club Auditorium

Combining classical theatre interior design and modern external facade, the Jockey Club Auditorium has come into operation in 2000. Reminiscent of the grandeur of ancient classical theatre, the Auditorium is elegantly set with balcony and main floor seating accommodating up to 1,084 persons. The Auditorium has been well equipped with technical and architectural details, ranging from modern stage and audio visual facilities to spacious leg room. The Jockey Club Auditorium provides not just a conducive environment for cultural development in enriching campus life, but also a unique venue for institutions to organize events, conferences and seminars.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Masterminded by the world-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is located at the northeastern side of the University campus. This 15-storey building provides 15,000 square metres of net floor area. It houses contemporary and state-of-the-art facilities for design education and innovative purposes including, exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms and lecture theatres, design studios and workshops, as well as a communal lounge. With its distinct design, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a new landmark in the city which helps drive the development of Hong Kong into a design hub in Asia.

Hotel ICON

Hotel ICON was officially opened in September 2011. Wholly owned by PolyU, Hotel ICON is the teaching and research hotel of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management. It is also the world’s first teaching and research hotel that completely integrates teaching and research in a full-service environment.

Hong Kong Community College Campuses (HKCC)

Established in 2001 under the auspices of PolyU, the Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) is a self-financed post-secondary institution which offers Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes spanning the domains of arts, science, social sciences, business, health care and design for senior secondary school leavers. HKCC classes are conducted on Hung Hom Bay Campus and West Kowloon Campus. With a floor area totalling over 57,000 square metres, the two campuses provide comprehensive teaching and recreational facilities, including lecture theatres, classrooms, a library, a computer centre, multi-purpose rooms and halls, sky gardens, a cafeteria and communal areas. Since its establishment, HKCC has helped over 13,700 graduates articulate into bachelor’s degree programmes.


Recreational Facilities

  • Amenities centres (Shaw Amenities Building and Communal Building)
  • Student leisure rooms, open-air plaza facilities for reading, watching TV and organizing events, etc.
  • Cultural facilities
  1. Culture Promotion Committee
  2. Jockey Club Auditorium
  3. Chiang Chen Studio Theatre

Sports Facilities

  • 1 swimming pool (Michael Clinton Swimming Pool)
  • 2 indoor sports grounds (Shaw Sports Complex and Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre) for playing badminton, volleyball or basketball and gymnastic facilities
  • 1 outdoor sports ground (Keith Legg Sports Field) with basketball and soccer fields and jogging track
  • 2 outdoor tennis courts located at the roof-top of Shaw Sports Complex
  • 1 Joint Sports Centre

Catering Facilities

Within the campus, there are a total of 12 catering outlets comprising Student Canteens, Staff Canteen, Student/Staff Restaurants, Theatre Lounge and cafés, providing about 3,000 seats and offering an extensive range of Asian and Western cuisines to suit different needs of the University community.

The canteens and cafés cater for the basic needs of students and staff for fast, low-priced and yet nutritious meals.

The restaurants and Theatre Lounge provide higher grade food, better dining environment and full table services for different needs of students and staff.

  • Collegiate Caffe (operated by Habitu)
  • LibCafe@PolyU (operated by Pacific Coffee)
  • Lawn Cafe (Halal food)
  • Tea House (Staff Canteen)
  • Self-service student canteens (operated by Maxim’s Caterers)
  1. Food Court (Student Canteen I)
  2. Communal Dining Hall (Student Canteen II)
  • Gourmet Restaurant (self-serviced student restaurant operated by Maxim’s Caterers)
  • Chinese Garden (Staff Restaurant)
  • Theatre Lounge
  • WY Kiosk (Shanghai food)
  • Cafe G (Taiwanese food)
  • Canteen @ Phase 8

Student Life[edit]

Open Day meadow horse riding on campus

Student Halls

  • Student Halls of Residence (Hung Hom Bay) - Located at 1 Hung Lai Road in Hung Hom, Student Halls of Residence (Hung Hom Bay) has 9 Halls altogether in a 22-storey building. Names of 8 halls for undergraduate students expound the meaning of PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind” as reflected by the first Chinese character in each of the names. Boyan Hall is for Research Postgraduate students only. The other halls are Kaiyuan Hall, Wuhua Hall, Chengde Hall, Wuxian Hall, Lizhi Hall, Lisheng Hall, Minyin Hall and Xuemin Hall are for undergraduates, with Xuemin Hall designated for female residents only.
  • Student Halls of Residence (Homantin) - Located at 15 Fat Kwong Street in Homantin, Student Hall of Residence (Homantin) has 6 Halls altogether in a 26-storey building. Named in colours, all Halls are co-ed halls for both research postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • Off-Campus Housing - The University-managed off-campus housing sites offer some 250 residential places at prime urban areas, as an accommodation option, for non-local students, pursuing self-financed taught postgraduate or SYSU undergraduate programmes.
  1. Siuching Mansion, 201-207 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po
  2. Hung Kwan House, 76 Shan Tung Street, Mongkok
  3. Chun Fook Mansion, 1 Hillwood Road, Tsimshatsui

Student Organization

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union (HKPUSU) is a student-run organization that is autonomous from the University administration for promoting the interests and welfare of full-time undergraduates (excluding postgraduate and College of Professional and Continuing Education students).

PolyU Sports Teams

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Karatedo
  • Rowing
  • Ruby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Woodball

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "校訓、願景及使命 (Chinese)". HK Polytechnic U. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Motto, Vision and Mission (Chinese)". HK Polytechnic U. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  3. ^ HKPU Research Website
  4. ^ "lib.polyu.edu.hk". lib.polyu.edu.hk. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

Online Platforms[edit]