A degree is one thing, and a degree designed for impact is another. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) specialises in the latter. Every programme has innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit in its DNA. Every breakthrough and scientific discovery aims to expand human knowledge, address societal needs, and positively impact the world.
Graduate Chen Kai-xin from Mainland China would know. The aspiring civil engineer was keen on advancing his expertise in natural disaster research after witnessing the destruction caused by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. At PolyU, he was spurred to innovate through research and to make a positive contribution to the world.
“PolyU has given me an all-rounded education with its well-established curriculum, expert faculty, and global professional network in my chosen field,” he says. “I am positive that I can contribute to society with the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired.”
PolyU is ranked among the world’s top 100 in the latest QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Its curriculum, designed for holistic academic development, ensures students grow and achieve. The university’s distinctive teaching, learning, and assessment approaches make this possible.
International students interested in full-time studies will also be pleased to know that PolyU offers scholarships to outstanding applicants. These grants are allocated on a rolling and competitive basis every year.
Upon applying, they will learn that most undergraduate programmes are now scheme-based. This means they could opt to confirm a major towards the end of their first year, based on their interest and academic performance, instead of immediately making a choice when applying. This flexibility takes the pressure off those still determining their path.
At PolyU, there are 30 academic units across six faculties and two schools. With many discussions held within each, there’s a lot to explore.
Since 1964 , the School of Design has been a dynamic hub for design education and research in Hong Kong. PolyU is also home to the School of Hotel and Tourism Management — in 2021, for the fifth year in a row, it is ranked no. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.
The Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles uses interactive methodologies and well-equipped laboratories to promote active learning and encourage creativity. It is home to the Departments of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology; Applied Mathematics; Applied Physics; and an Institute of Textiles and Clothing.
The Faculty of Engineering has thrived on a tradition of excellence for almost 80 years, enhancing the community’s well-being, serving industries, and educating tomorrow’s experts. This development takes place at the Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering as well as the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computing, and Electrical Engineering.
For programmes designed according to the best international practices in fields related to construction, look to the Faculty of Construction and Environment –– where the Departments of Building and Real Estate; Building Environment and Energy Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; as well as Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics are settled.
Meanwhile, the AACSB and EQUIS-accredited Faculty of Business is broadening the horizons of aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. It houses a School of Accounting and Finance; a Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies; and a Department of Management and Marketing.
To monitor, respond, and predict trends in health and society, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has Departments of Applied Social Sciences; Health Technology and Informatics; Rehabilitation Sciences; as well as a School of Nursing and a School of Optometry.
The Faculty of Humanities is ranked 120th in the world and 18th in Asia. Its strengths are in areas such as speech therapy, health communication, and language neuroscience. These topics are covered in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies; Department of Chinese Culture; Department of English and Communication; Chinese Language Centre; and English Language Centre.
PolyU uses various methods to ensure students graduate career-ready. For example, its Work-Integrated Education component was launched in 2005 to boost students’ all-round development and enhance their professional competence. Meanwhile, Service-Learning at PolyU bridges the gap between professional education and societal needs. It is a pedagogy that is just as meaningful as it is experiential, enhancing each student’s sense of civic responsibility while benefiting communities.
“PolyU’s holistic education builds our professional skills and has enabled me to make a difference to the world,” shares Madina Kaliyeva from Kazakhstan.
Regardless of the field of study chosen, all PolyU students achieve success. Today, almost 90% of graduates are either employed or pursuing further studies.
The best part? Anyone is welcome to join them. Thanks to PolyU’s global network of over 230 overseas universities/institutions –– across 37 countries and regions –– every year, exchange students from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and more, arrive in Hong Kong for an unrivalled student experience. Here, they enhance their education while further diversifying the community.
There are many paths international students can take to make a PolyU education theirs. To begin designing your journey to excellence, learn more about international admissions here.