Hong Kong Polytechnic College

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Motto To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind
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[1]
Location Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Campus Urban, 9.34 hectares (0.0934 km2)[2]
Colours          [3]
Affiliations ASAIHL

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Abbreviation: PolyU, Chinese: 香港理工大學) is a university in Hong Kong whose teaching units are grouped under six faculties and two schools: Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles, Faculty of Business, Faculty of Construction & Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, alongside with the School of Design and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management.

The current President of the University is Prof. Timothy W. Tong.[4] 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.[5]

Motto & Vision

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

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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 4–5th in Hong Kong.[6]

Meanwhile, the QS World University Rankings (2013/14) ranked it 161st worldwide and 26th in Asia,[7] while the independent regional QS Asian University Rankings (2013) put it at 25th,[8] both of which placed it at 5th in Hong Kong

Moreover, it was at 251st–275th in the world and 34-38th in Asia on the list of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013–14), again being the fifth in Hong Kong[9]

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.

Academic Organisations

Faculties and Schools

  • Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
  • Department of Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Applied Physics
  • Institute of Textiles and Clothing
  • School of Accounting and Finance
  • Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies
  • Department of Management and Marketing
  • Department of Building and Real Estate
  • Department of Building Services Engineering
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics
Faculty of Humanities
  • Department of Computing
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Applied Social Sciences
  • Department of Health Technology and Informatics
  • Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Optometry
  • Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
  • Department of Chinese Culture
  • Department of English
  • English Language Centre
  • General Education Centre
School of Hotel and Tourism Management

Research Institutes / Centres


Pao Yue-kong Library[10] 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

PolyU Student Halls

PolyU Student Halls of Residence[11] is probably the largest single block of hall premises in the world that can house over 3,000 student residents. There are 8 Undergraduate Halls and 1 Postgraduate Hall on the hall premises. The 8 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)

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.[12] Notable speakers at screenings include Leung Kwok Hung.[13]

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. There are 16 members in 38th SAC.

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

See also


External links

  • YouTube
  • MIT Institute of Design

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

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