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Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Coordinates: 22°18′18″N 114°10′48″E / 22.30500°N 114.18000°E / 22.30500; 114.18000
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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]
Established1937; 87 years ago (1937), as Government Trade School
1947; 77 years ago (1947), as Hong Kong Technical College
24 March 1972; 52 years ago (1972-03-24), as Hong Kong Polytechnic
25 November 1994; 29 years ago (1994-11-25), granted university status[3]
ChairmanLam Tai-fai
ChancellorJohn Lee Ka-chiu (as Chief Executive of Hong Kong)
PresidentTeng Jin-guang
Vice-presidentMiranda Lou[4]
Kwok-yin Wong[4]
Ben Young[4]
Christopher Chao[4]
ProvostWing-tak Wong[4]
Academic staff
Students26,245 (2019/2020)[5]
11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom
, ,
22°18′18″N 114°10′48″E / 22.30500°N 114.18000°E / 22.30500; 114.18000
9.46 hectares (0.0946 km2)[6]
Colours    Red and grey[7]
AffiliationsBHUA; GHMUA; UASR
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese香港理工大学
Traditional Chinese香港理工大學
Cantonese YaleHēunggóng Léihgūng Daaihhohk

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU or HKPU) is a public research university in Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The university is one of the eight government-funded degree-granting tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. Founded in 1937 as the first Government Trade School, it is the first institution to provide technical education in Hong Kong. In 1994, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong passed a bill which granted the former Hong Kong Polytechnic official university status.[8]

PolyU consists of 8 faculties and schools, offering programmes covering applied science, business, construction, environment, engineering, social science, health, humanities, design, hotel and tourism management. The university offers over 160 taught programmes for more than 25,800 students every year.[9]



Government Trade School (1937–1947)


In 1937, the Government Trade School was founded at Wood Road, Wan Chai. The school was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong.[10] Under George White, the then principal, it ran classes in marine wireless operating, mechanical engineering and building construction.[11] The campus was a three-storey high Victorian architecture, and commonly referred to the “Red Brick House” by the locals.[12]

Hong Kong Technical College (1947–1972)


After World War II, the Government Trade School became the Hong Kong Technical College in 1947, offering both full-time and part-time courses. In 1957, the new campus of the college located in Hung Hom was constructed. It was opened by Sir Alexander Grantham, the then Governor of Hong Kong.[11]

Hong Kong Polytechnic (1972–1994)


In 1965, Sir Chung Sze-yuen (S.Y. Chung) suggested establishing a polytechnic in Hong Kong to provide post-secondary technical education. Dr Tang Ping-yuen was appointed by the government as the chair of the Polytechnic Planning Committee in May 1969.[13] On 24 March 1972, the Legislative Council passed the Hong Kong Polytechnic Ordinance and the institute was established. Sir Chung assumed the first chair of the Polytechnic Board of Directors (later renamed Polytechnic Council in 1978). The Polytechnic's mandate was to provide professional-oriented education to meet the need for qualified workers. The institution launched its first five degree programmes in 1983, and introduced its first MPhil and PhD programmes in 1986 and 1989 respectively.[11]

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1994–Present)


In 1994, the university gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee (UPGC; now UGC) for self-accreditation of degree programmes, without the restrictions from the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance .[14] With that, the Institution assumed full university status on 25 November 1994, changing its name to “The Hong Kong Polytechnic University”.[11]



Main campus


PolyU's main campus, in Hung Hom, Kowloon,[15] was designed by a team led by James Kinoshita from P&T Group in 1972.[16] It has over 20 buildings with red-brick walls, many of which are inter-connected and raised one floor above the podium, creating sheltered open-air spaces for multi-purposes such as logistics and parking.[17] Apart from buildings named after donors, the rotundas which connects the buildings are identified in English letters (from cores and blocks A to Z, without K, O and I). It is one of the largest and densest educational campus in the world.[18]

Block Z is the eighth phase of the campus expansion project. It is situated across the northwestern side of the main campus, separated by Chatham Road. It can be accessed through a pedestrian tunnel or a 80-meter-long footbridge, which was proposed in 2016 and built in 2019.[19]

In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the university provides a multi-purpose auditorium, recreational and catering facilities, medical facilities, as well as a bookstore and banks. The Jockey Club Auditorium began operation in 2000, its balcony and main floor seating accommodate up to 1,084 persons. It is specially designed as a multi-purpose venue for the hosting of conferences, seminars, ceremonies, corporate meetings, as well as the increasing number of cultural activities and performances, operas, chamber music, dramas, dances, film shows, variety shows, mini concerts etc.[20]

There are multiple sports facilities, including two swimming pools (Block X and Michael Clinton Swimming Pool), 2 indoor sports grounds (Shaw Sports Complex and Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre), an outdoor sports ground (Keith Legg Sports Field) with basketball and soccer fields and jogging track, 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a joint-sports centre.

Landscape of the main campus in Hung Hom in January 2016

Pao Yue-kong Library


The PolyU Library was established on 1 August 1972.[21] Two centres operated in Hung Hom and Quarry Bay until 1976, when they eventually merged into the present building. It was named after shipping entrepreneur and philanthropist Yue-Kong Pao in 1995.

In 2014, there were over 2.77 million of library holdings in total, with nearly 600,000 electronic resources. The six-storey library provides 3,900 study spaces and is equipped with a 24-hour study centre and audio-visual information areas. In 2017, the 3/F and 4/F of the library was transformed into the "i-space" which contains services such as VR Experience Zone, Internet of Things (IoT), Laser Cutting / Engraving, 3D Scanning, Book Scanning, Large Format Printing, Vinyl Cutting and 3D Printing. Video production facilities such as the One button studio and Digital Studio are also available on the 3/F.

Innovation Tower


The Innovation Tower, designed by Zaha Hadid, is located on the northwestern side of the university's main campus. This 15-story building provides 15,000 square meters of net floor area. It houses facilities for the School of Design, including exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms and lecture theatres, design studios and workshops, as well as a communal lounge. The School of Design has been ranked among the best design schools worldwide.[22]

Teaching and research hotel


The Hotel Icon was officially opened on 21 September 2011. The hotel is wholly owned by the university as a teaching and research hotel of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM). SHTM has consistently been ranked among the top hotel and tourism management schools in the world.

Hung Hom Bay and West Kowloon Campus


The Hung Hom Bay Campus and West Kowloon Campus are the two satellite campuses which house the College of Professional and Continuing Education which is formed by two subsidiaries: the Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED).

Established in 2001 under the auspices of PolyU, 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 at the Hung Hom Bay and West Kowloon.[23]





As of 2020, the university had 915 sub-degree students, 14,961 undergraduate students, and 10,369 postgraduate students.

Over 150 programmes (including Higher diploma, Bachelor's degrees with honours, and postgraduate programmes) are offered through 8 faculties and schools, including 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, and School of Hotel and Tourism Management.[24]

PolyU Graduate School, established in September 2020, oversees the administration of research postgraduate education of the university, though the academic supervision of students is still managed by the respective faculties, schools or department.[25]

The College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPEC), founded in 2002, is a subsidiary of the university. As of 2019, the college had 13,032 students. It is formed by Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED), both of which offer self-financed degree programmes and sub-degrees programmes in the name of the college.[26]

Faculty/School Year Founded
Faculty of Engineering 1937
Faculty of Construction and Environment 1937
School of Design 1964
Faculty of Humanities 1974
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences 1977
School of Hotel and Tourism Management 1979
Faculty of Business 2002
College of Professional and Continuing Education 2002
Graduate School 2020
Faculty of Science (restructured in 2022)
School of Fashion and Textiles 1957 (restructured in 2022)

Notable academics


As of 2020, PolyU employed 1,182 academic faculty members and 1,504 research staff, with additional staff at the CPEC. The faculty includes scholars such as Swedish systemic functional linguist C.M.I.M. Matthiessen, electrical and electronic engineer Philip Chan, mechanical engineer Timothy W. Tong. Some politicians in Hong Kong serve as faculty in PolyU, including current or former member of the Legislative Council Fernando Cheung, Lau Siu-lai, Helena Wong and Cheng Chung-tai.



PolyU's research focus areas include: aerospace, aviation, big data and AI, food safety, health science, infrastructure monitoring, intelligent construction, sustainability and smart city. To facilitate the implementation of cross-disciplinary research through collaborations among faculties and schools and other local and overseas institutions and partners, PolyU established a wide variety of research laboratories, institutes and centres, for instance, the Aviation Services Research Centre with Boeing.[27][28]

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel established by PolyU in 2006 acts as a focal point to enhance technological innovation in textiles and apparel industry for the development of highly competitive industrial clusters in Hong Kong.[29]

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[30]151–200 (2023)
QS World[31]57 (2025)
QS Under 50[32]6 (2021)
THE World[33]87 (2024)
THE Reputation[34]126–150 (2022)
THE Young Universities[35]4 (2023)
USNWR Global[36]67 (2024)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[37]23 (2024)
THE Asia[38]14 (2023)
USNWR Asia[39]9 (2024)

Overall Rankings


Globally, PolyU is #57 in the QS World University Rankings 2025, #87 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024, #67 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings 2024–2025, and #151–200 in ARWU 2023.

PolyU was #94 worldwide in terms of aggregate performance across THE, QS, and, ARWU in 2022.[40]

PolyU was named the 6th most international university in the world in 2023 by THE.

Young University Rankings


PolyU was ranked #6 worldwide (#3 in Hong Kong) in the QS "Top 50 Under 50" list of the world's top young universities (2021) [41] and #4 worldwide (#2 in Hong Kong) in the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2023.[42]

Subject / Area Rankings


QS Subject Rankings


In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: [43]

Subject (only subjects ranked among top 100 are listed) PolyU's World Rank
Hospitality and Leisure Management 10
Engineering – Civil & Structural 15
Architecture / Built Environment 15
Art & Design 16
Environmental Sciences 46
Business and Management Studies 48
Linguistics 55
Accounting and Finance 57
Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing 74
Engineering – Electrical and Electronic 76
Computer Science and Informative Systems 92
Geography 51–100
Nursing 51–100
Statistics and Operational Research 51–100

In the QS World University Rankings by Broad Subject Area 2022:

Broad Subject Area PolyU's World Rank
Social Sciences and Management 50
Engineering & Technology 69
Arts & Humanities 130
Natural Sciences 226
Life Sciences & Medicine 385

THE Subject Rankings


In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subjects (2023):[44]

Subject PolyU's World Rank
Business and Economics 27
Engineering 40
Social Sciences 68
Arts & Humanities 73
Computer Science 79
Physical Sciences 101–125
Life Sciences 126–150
Clinical & Health 151–175

GRAS (ARWU Subject Rankings)


2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) by ShanghaiRanking:

Subject (only subjects ranked among top 50 are listed) PolyU's world rank
Hospitality & Tourism Management 1
Civil Engineering 4
Management 4
Transportation Science & Technology 5
Nursing 21
Instruments Science & Technology 25
Mechanical Engineering 25
Remote Sensing 37
Automation & Control 41
Aerospace Engineering 44
Business Administration 44
Computer Science & Engineering 44
Environmental Science & Engineering 50

Other subject rankings


The Faculty of Business is ranked 1st in shipping research in the world, based on 2016 to 2018 data from Thomson Reuters' ISI Web of Science. 55th 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 2012 to 2016.[45]

The School of Design is among top 3 design schools in Greater China, according to Business Week (Oct 2009 issue) and top 25 design schools in the world and is the only selected design school in Asia, according to Business Insider magazine (Dec 2012 issue).

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) is ranked 1st in the category of commerce, management, tourism and services, University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2019/20, [46] and 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).[47]

Graduate Employability Rankings


PolyU graduates ranked #71 worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 and #133 worldwide in the Times Higher Education's Global University Employability Ranking 2022.[48][49] According to the "Opinion Survey on the Public Ranking of Universities in Hong Kong" conducted by HKUPOP (now HKPORI), PolyU graduates were the 4th (in 2015 and in 2014), 2nd (in 2016), and 3rd (in 2017) most preferred university graduates by employers in Hong Kong. [50]



The governing body of the PolyU is the Council, established in accordance with the PolyU Ordinance. The President and the Deputy President are ex officio members. There are also 17 external members from the business and professional sectors, three elected staff members, one alumni member and two elected student members.[51]The highest advisory body of the Council is the University Court, which is responsible for providing opinions on the direction of the university to promote the development of the university.[52]



List of presidents of PolyU and their predecessors (known as the director of the Hong Kong Polytechnic before 1994):



PolyU has established cooperative relations with more than 280 universities or institutions in 39 countries and regions around the world, and signed about 445 agreements in the areas of student exchange arrangements to joint research cooperation.[53]

Student life


Student organization

Block VA, the building for the PolyU Students’ Union in March 2014.

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).

Sports teams

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Karate-do
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Woodball

Student halls


There are two student halls of residence buildings provided by the university, in Hung Hom Bay and Ho Man Tin. The residential halls include:

  • Hung Hom Bay – Research postgraduate: Boyan Hall (19,20/F). Undergraduates: Kaiyuan Hall (17,18/F), Wuhua Hall (15,16/F), Chengde Hall (13,14/F), Wuxian Hall (11,12/F), Lizhi Hall (9,10/F), Lisheng Hall (5,6/F), Minyin Hall (3,4/F). Female residents: Xuemin Hall (7,8/F).
  • Ho Man Tin – Co-ed halls for all students: 3-7/F (purple), 5-9/F (blue), 10-14/F (green), 12-16/F (yellow), 17-21/F (orange), 19-23/F (red); 24-25/F is warden's floor.

The university also provides three off-campus housing sites, located in Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, and Tsim Sha Tsui. It offers around 250 residential places at urban areas, as an accommodation option for non-local students.



Democracy wall controversy


The university's faculty-led Student Discipline Committee, with the support of the university council chairman Lam Tai-fai,[54] expelled one student and suspended another for one year in response to an October 2018 incident arising from a dispute over postings by students on the "Democracy Wall" bulletin board then managed by the students' union. The students had posted messages in commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement" democracy occupation protests of 2014 and calling for Hong Kong independence from the CCP-ruled People's Republic of China. Another two students were ordered to serve terms of community service. The students had been ordered by management to take them down.[55]

The evidence called at the disciplinary committee hearing, at which the students were denied legal representation, included video footage in which the students were observed shouting and knocking on doors. It was alleged that they had made defamatory comments, assaulted a staff member and damaged property, all of which accusations were denied by the students. The university described their behaviour as "unruly". Among them were a former student union leader, an elected member of the school's governing council and a former external vice-president of the student union. No avenue for appeal from a decision of the committee is available.[56]

Numerous pro-democracy groups, including more than a dozen legislators and 19 student organisations, protested the decision of the committee. The 90,000-strong Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union described the punishments as excessive.[57]

2019 campus siege


In November 2019, the university was occupied by protesters as part of the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests; confrontation with the Hong Kong Police Force occurred from 17 November to 19 November. On 16 November, police attempted to enter the campus, but failed as protestors barricaded the entrance and used petrol bombs to attack them.[58][59][60][61] The police then blocked all exits of the university campus and requested all protesters inside to surrender. On 18 November, the police attempted to enter the campus again using tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bags, and sponge grenades.[62] Protestors responded by throwing petrol bombs at police.[63] The university has been described as being a battleground during the conflict.[64] The university was later sealed off by police, only several protesters managed to escape.[65] This resulted in a 3-days long standoff. More than 280 protesters were injured while more than 1,000 persons were arrested.[66]

Notable alumni


Notable alumni of PolyU include Chinese Premier Li Qiang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying, former Hong Kong Legislator Lam Tai-fai and Chan Kam-lam, explorer Rebecca Lee, film director Wong Kar-wai and Raman Hui, musician Paul Wong, singer Gigi Leung, fashion designer Vivienne Tam and software engineer Lui Kim-man.




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