Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a public research university located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. The history of PolyU can be traced back to 1937. It became a fully accredited university in 1994 and is one of the government-funded degree-granting tertiary institutions.
Motto in English
|To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind|
|Established||1937, as Government Trade School|
1947, as Hong Kong Technical College
1972, as Hong Kong Polytechnic
1994, granted university status
|Chancellor||Chief Executive of Hong Kong|
(Current officeholder: Carrie Lam)
9.46 hectares (0.0946 km2)
|Colours||Red and Grey|
|Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|Cantonese Yale||Hēunggóng Léihgūng Daaihhohk|
PolyU consists of 8 facilities and schools, offering programmes covering applied science, business, construction, environment, engineering, social science, health, humanities, design, hotel and tourism management.
The university 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. As of 2019, the university ranks 19th in Asia by THE, 8th in young universities, and 91st internationally by QS.
Origins and establishment
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 opened new premises in Hung Hom in 1957.
In 1972, the Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established. Its mandate was to provide professional-oriented education to meet the need for qualified workers. It gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee (UGC) for self-accreditation of degree programmes on 25 November 1994, granting full university status and changing its name to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
In November 2019, the university was occupied by protesters as part of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, confrontation with the Hong Kong Police Force occurred from 17 November to 19 November. On November 16th, police attempted to enter the campus, but failed as protestors used road blocks and petrol bombs to attack them. The police then blocked all exits of the university campus and requested all protesters inside to surrender. On November 18, the protesters launched thousands of petrol bombs and the police returned with tear gas, rubber bullets, bean bags, and sponge grenades. The university has been described as being a battleground during the conflict. The university was later sealed off by police, only several protesters to escape. This resulted to a 3-days long stand off. More than 280 protesters were injured while more than 1,000 persons were arrested.
PolyU's main campus, in Yau Tsim Mong District, 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 Auditorium began operation in 2000. Its balcony and main floor seating accommodate up to 1,084 persons.
There are also sports facilities, including a swimming pool (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.
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.
Pao Yue-kong Library
The library was established on 1 August 1972. 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 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.
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 at the Hung Hom Bay and West Kowloon campuses. 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.
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|
|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)|
In order to promote and encourage specialized research, various research centres have been set up at PolyU. 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. It also hosts The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.
- Safety monitoring of high speed rail
- Defocus Incorporated Soft (Contact) (DISC) Lens
- Eco-blocks (a construction material made from recycled glass and demolition waste)
- Electric vehicles
- Electronic “bat ears” for the visually impaired
- "Hand of Hope" technology (potentially useful in rehabilitation following stroke)
- Life-cycle health monitoring of massive infrastructure
- Micro-injection moulding machine
- Nano-particles for purifying dirty water
- Nu-Torque singles yarn technology
- Organic photovoltaics and LEDs
- Tools and instruments used in space exploration
Reputation and rankings
World Rankings of PolyU
- QS "Top 50 Under 50" list of world's top young universities (2016/17): 7th in the world, 3rd in Hong Kong
- QS Asian University Rankings 2016/17: 6th in Asia, 5th in Hong Kong
- QS World University Rankings 2018: 95th in the world, 5th in Hong Kong
- Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2017: 192nd in the world
- Times Higher Education's 150 Under 50 World University Rankings 2016: 27th in the world
- Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2017: 17th in the Asia, 5th in Hong Kong
World Rankings of Faculties, Schools and Disciplines
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 both 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 She Tsui. It offers around 250 residential places at urban areas, as an accommodation option for non-local students.
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).
- Table Tennis
The university's faculty-led Student Discipline Committee, with the support of the university council chairman Lam Tai-fai, 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.
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.
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.
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