Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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]
Type public
Established 1937 (granted full university status in 1994)
Chancellor The Hon Leung Chun-ying
President Prof. Timothy W. Tong
Students 32,000
Location Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website Official website
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 (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 the territory's University Grants Committee (UGC).

PolyU has an international faculty and student community and has developed a global network with more than 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. PolyU offers 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 Government Trade School was founded in 1937. Situated at 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, and in 1957 opened new premises in Hung Hom.

In 1972 The Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established. Its mandate was to provide professionally oriented education to meet the need for qualified staff. It gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree programmes on 25 November 1994, assuming full university status and changing its name to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

World Recognition

World Rankings of PolyU

World Rankings of Faculties, Schools and Disciplines

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
  • 45th in the subject of statistics and operational research according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
Faculty of Business
  • 64th 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 2011 to 2015[4]
  • 1st in shipping research in the world, based on 2010 to 2012 data from Thomson Reuters' ISI Web of Science
  • 1st in PolyU Maritime School Research Rankings from 2010 to 2014.
  • 4th in the world in the area of port research, according to an analysis of port literature presented at the 2011 International Association of Maritime Economists conference in a paper entitled "Port Research since 1980: An analysis of Authorship and Institutional Affiliation".
  • 6th in the field of commerce, management, tourism and service of 2014-15 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).
  • 11th in the world according to the Worldwide Business Research Rankings compiled by Korea University Business School (KUBS).
  • 42nd in the world for Finance and Economics research by a study published in the Journal of Financial Economics 93 (2009) 353, 356
  • 39th in the world at the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Business & Management Studies sector
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
  • 11th 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
  • 51st-100th in the subject of engineering – mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015
  • 51st-100th in the subject of computer science and information systems, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015
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) [5]

Faculties and schools

The University's teaching units are grouped under 8 faculties and schools, offering over 220 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes. 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
  • Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
  • Department of Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Applied Physics
  • Institute of Textiles and Clothing
  • 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 Engineering Faculty of Health and Social Sciences 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
  • Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical 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 Design School of Hotel and Tourism Management College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE)
  • Advertising Design
  • Communication Design
  • Digital Media
  • Environment and Interior Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Product Design


  • Design Practices
  • Design Strategies
  • Interaction Design
  • International Design & Business Management
  • Multimedia & Entertainment Technology
  • Urban Environments

Executive Education

  • Innovation Leadership
  • Hong Kong Community College (HKCC)
  • School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED)


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.

In order to promote and encourage specialized research, various research centres have been set up at PolyU.[6] Each faculty or school has its own centres, and institutes for public policy research and sustainable urban development operate under the Areas of Excellence Committee. With Boeing, PolyU established the Aviation Services Research Centre.[7] It also hosts The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.[8]


Notable PolyU research projects include:[9]


PolyU's main campus has over 20 buildings, many of which are inter-connected. Apart from those named after donors, the buildings are identified in English letters (from blocks 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.

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is located at the northeastern side of the University campus. This 15-story building provides 15,000 square metres of net floor area. It houses facilities for design education including exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms and lecture theatres, design studios and workshops, as well as a communal lounge. The tower was designed by Zaha Hadid.

The Jockey Club Auditorium began operation in 2000. Its balcony and main floor seating accommodate up to 1,084 persons.

Hotel ICON (Hong Kong) 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.

Hung Hom campus
Campus viewed from Hong Chong Road.

Pao Yue-kong Library

The library was established on 1 August 1972.[10] Two centres operated until 1976 at Hung Hom and Quarry Bay, merging into the present building in 1976. The library was named after shipping entrepreneur and philanthropist Yue-Kong Pao in 1995.

In 2014, there are over 2.77 million of library holdings in total, with nearly 600,000 electronic resources. The six-story library provides 3,900 study spaces and is equipped with 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.

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 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 matriculate into bachelor’s degree programmes.


Recreational Facilities

  1. Culture Promotion Committee
  2. Jockey Club Auditorium
  3. Chiang Chen Studio Theatre

Sports Facilities

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.

The canteens and cafés cater for the basic needs of students and staff for meals.

The restaurants and Theatre Lounge provide higher grade services.

Student life

Open Day meadow horse riding on campus

Student Halls

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. 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.

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.

  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

Notable alumni


  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. "QS University Rankings: Top 50 Under 50 2016".
  4. "The UTD Top 100 Worldwide Business School Rankings Based on Research Contributions (All Journals)".
  5. "A World Ranking of the Top 100 Hospitality and Tourism Programs" (PDF).
  6. http://www.polyu.edu.hk/web/sc/research/research_institutes_research_centres/index.html HKPU Research Website
  7. "About". The Aviation Services Research Centre. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. "About HKRITA". Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  9. "Impactful projects". The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  10. "History". Lib.polyu.edu.hk: The University Learning Hub. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
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