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 (as the Government Trade School)
1947 (as Hong Kong Technical College)
1972 (as The Hong Kong Polytechnic)
1994 (granted full university status)
Type Public
Chancellor Leung Chun-ying
President Dr. Timothy W. Tong
Students UGC-funded: 13,917
Total: 28,354[3]
Location Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Campus Urban, 9.34 hectares (0.0934 km2)[4]
Colours          [5]
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website Official website
PolyU Logo.svg
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, Chinese: 香港理工大學) is a practical university in Hong Kong whose teaching units are grouped under six faculties and two schools, namely Faculties of Applied Science & Textiles, Business, Construction & Environment, Engineering, Health & Social Sciences, and Humanities, alongside Schools of Design and Hotel & Tourism Management.

The current President of the University is Prof. Timothy W. Tong.[6] Prof. Chung-Kwong Poon retired on 31 December 2008 and the University Council decided to confer the title of "President Emeritus" on him in recognition of his dedicated and distinguished service to the University.[7]

Motto and vision[edit]

To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind.

The above is derived from the Chinese motto, quoted from the great Chinese classic Yijing (Book of Changes) and two ancient treatises, one from Han dynasty and the other from pre-Qin times. The original Chinese text can be paraphrased as follows: "Learn every truth and use the knowledge learned to accomplish every task" and "to learn; to serve".

Be a leading university that excels in professional education, applied research and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and world.


The school was founded in 1937 as the Government Trade School. Located in Wood Road, Wan Chai, the School was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong.

After World War II, the school became the Hong Kong Technical College in 1947, offering both full-time and part-time courses. The year 1957 saw the opening of the new premises of the College in Hung Hom. The College offered the first accounting education program in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established on 1 August 1972, taking over the campus and staff of the Hong Kong Technical College. Its mandate was to provide professionally-oriented education.

Having gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree programmes, the Institution assumed full university status on 25 November 1994, changing its name to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Today, PolyU is an institution of higher learning and offers more than 130 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes, supported by more than 1,000 academic and research staff members from different parts of the world.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

University rankings
ARWU[8] 301–400
Times[9] 251–275
QS[10] 161
Times[11] 34-38
QS (World version)[12]
QS (Asian version)[13]

PolyU has been considered by many university rankings as the fifth best higher education institute in the city.

The ARWU (2013) gave it a position among 301st–400th in the world and 4th or 5th in Hong Kong.[14]

Meanwhile, the QS World University Rankings (2013/14) ranked it 161st worldwide and 26th in Asia,[15] while the independent regional QS Asian University Rankings (2013) put it at 25th,[16] both of which placed it at 5th in Hong Kong

Moreover, it was at 251st–275th in the world and 34th to 38th in Asia on the list of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013–14), again being the fifth in Hong Kong[17]

Besides overall rankings, the institutions above have also provided university rankings by disciplines. See list of subject rankings of Hong Kong tertiary institutions for some major subject rankings.

Faculties and schools[edit]

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)


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[18] 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 the Quarry Bay Centre. The two centres were consolidated when they were moved to the present Library Building in 1976. On 25 November 1994, the Polytechnic assumed full university status and was renamed The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. On 20 December 1995, the University Library was officially named after the late Sir Yue-kong Pao in appreciation of a generous donation to the University by his family. Opened by Princess Alexandra on 7 February 1977, the Library Building is a six-storey purpose-designed building with an area of 16,662 square metres, providing approximately 3,623 study places. The Library also houses a 24-Hour Study Centre, group discussion rooms, a seminar room for library instruction classes, AV carrels and group rooms for use of audio-visual materials, study carrels for private study, and a special room for the visually disabled.

The Library comprises one of the largest collections of scientific, engineering and business materials in East Asia. Other areas of strength are information technology, computing, nursing, textiles and design. The present holdings exceed 2.2 million, to which more than 40,000 volumes are added annually. Over 4,100 active print serial titles are held in the Library. The Library also provides Internet access to over 32,610 unique full-text e-journal titles, almost 225,100 e-books, and a wide array of multi-media and e-learning programmes.

The Library also maintains several special collections and self-developed databases, including a comprehensive Standards Collection, the PolyU Examination Paper Database, the PolyU Course Scheme Database, the Senate Paper Database, a Digital Image Gallery, and a Slide Collection. In addition, a unique and heavily used collection of over 24,000 local Chinese and English language television programmes and the Hongkongiana Online database (an index to Hong Kong information found in periodicals published in Hong Kong) all constitute important resources for the study and research of Hong Kong.

Student life[edit]

Open Day meadow horse riding on campus

PolyU Student Halls

PolyU Student Halls of Residence[19] is probably the largest single block of hall premises in the world that can house over 3,000 student residents. There are eight undergraduate halls and one postgraduate hall on the hall premises. The eight undergraduate halls are named after PolyU's motto of "To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind" ("開物成務 勵學利民"):

  • Kaiyuan Hall (開元堂)
  • Wuhua Hall (物華堂)
  • Chengde Hall (成德堂)
  • Wuxian Hall (務賢堂)
  • Lizhi Hall (勵志堂)
  • Xuemin Hall (學敏堂)
  • Lisheng Hall (利生堂)
  • Minyin Hall (民殷堂)
  • Boyan Hall (博彥堂)

Big Mouth Corner (BMC)

The Big Mouth Corner, first started in 2002 following the success of its predecessor the Chat Point, is a weekly English conversation forum organised by the English Club of the University. Local students and young native English speakers (who serve as English facilitators) participate in the BMC.

PolyU International Film Society (PIFS)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

PIFS is a student society run by the English Language Centre. It screens up to 5 movies each semester with an objective to show a range of movies from around the World. PIFS has its own blog.[20] Notable speakers at screenings include Leung Kwok Hung.[21]

Sports Affairs Committee (SAC) There is also an organisation called Sports Affairs Committee (SAC), which is a part of the Student Union. Their responsibilities are organising different sports competitions and promote sports to students.

International Student Ambassador Scheme It is organized by Student Affair Office. The scheme is aimed at selecting representatives to help inbound exchange students.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[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. ^ http://www.polyu.edu.hk/cpa/polyu/the_university/studentgrad_e.php
  4. ^ "About the Campus – The Hong Kong Polytechnc University". Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Identity Guidelines". Yale.edu. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "PolyU announces appointment of new President". Retrieved 2009-01-02. [dead link]
  7. ^ "PolyU bids farewell to President Poon Chung-kwong". Retrieved 2009-01-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top 400 – The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013–2014". The Times Higher Education. 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings (2013/14)". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2014 Top 100". Times Higher Education. 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "QS World University Rankings (extracting Asian universities from the list for counting this position)". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ARWU 2013 - Hong Kong". 
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings (2013/14)". 
  16. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings (2013)". 
  17. ^ "Times Higher Education University Rankings (2013–14)". 
  18. ^ "lib.polyu.edu.hk". lib.polyu.edu.hk. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  19. ^ "Home". Polyu.edu.hk. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  20. ^ PIFS. "polyfilmsoc.blogspot.com". polyfilmsoc.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  21. ^ Posted by Adam (2007-01-30). "PIFS: PIFS: Video of Opening Ceremony". Pifs-06-07.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 

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Coordinates: 22°18′15″N 114°10′45″E / 22.304165°N 114.179106°E / 22.304165; 114.179106