A degree is one thing, and a degree designed to make an impact is another. Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) specializes in the latter. Each program has innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in its DNA. Each breakthrough and scientific discovery aims to expand human knowledge, meet the needs of society and have a positive impact on the world.
Mainland Chinese graduate Chen Kai-xin would know. The aspiring civil engineer was keen to advance his expertise in natural disaster research after witnessing the destruction caused by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. At PolyU, he was inspired to innovate through research and make a positive contribution to the world.
“PolyU has given me a comprehensive education with its well-established curriculum, expert teachers and global professional network in my chosen field,” he says. “I am convinced that I can contribute to society with the knowledge and skills that I have acquired. “
PolyU is ranked among the top 100 in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Its curriculum, designed for holistic academic development, ensures that students grow and succeed. The university’s distinctive approaches to teaching, learning and assessment make this possible.
International students interested in full-time study will also be pleased to know that PolyU offers scholarships for outstanding applicants. These grants are awarded on an ongoing and competitive basis each year.
As they apply, they will learn that most undergraduate programs are now program-based. This means that they could choose to confirm a major towards the end of their first year, depending on their interest and academic performance, instead of making an immediate choice when applying. This flexibility relieves those who still determine their path.
At PolyU, there are 30 academic units spread across six faculties and two schools. With many discussions taking place within each, there is 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 worldwide in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to the ShanghaiRanking world ranking of academic subjects.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences and Textiles uses interactive methodologies and well-equipped laboratories to promote active learning and encourage creativity. It houses 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 nearly 80 years, improving the well-being of the community, serving industries and training the experts of tomorrow. This development takes place in the Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aeronautical Engineering as well as in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
For programs designed according to international best practices in construction-related fields, consult the Faculty of Construction and Environment –– where the building and real estate departments are located; Building environment and energy engineering; Civil and environmental engineering; as well as surveying and geo-informatics are installed.
Meanwhile, the AACSB and EQUIS accredited business school broadens the horizons of future leaders and entrepreneurs. It houses a school of accounting and finance; a Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies; and a management and marketing department.
To monitor, react and forecast 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 nursing school and a school of optometry.
The Faculty of Humanities is ranked 120th in the world and 18th in Asia. His strengths lie in areas such as speech therapy, health communication and neuroscience of language. These subjects are dealt with in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies; Department of Chinese Culture; Department of English and Communication; Chinese language center; and English Language Center.
PolyU uses a variety of methods to ensure that students graduate ready for use. For example, its Workplace Education component was launched in 2005 to stimulate the overall development of students and enhance their professional skills. Meanwhile, Service-Learning at PolyU bridges the gap between vocational training and the needs of society. It is a pedagogy that is as meaningful as it is experiential, enhancing the sense of civic responsibility of each student while benefiting communities.
“PolyU’s holistic education strengthens our professional skills and has allowed me to make a difference in the world,” shares Madina Kaliyeva from Kazakhstan.
Regardless of the chosen field of study, all PolyU students are successful. Today, almost 90% of graduates are employed or pursuing studies.
The best part? Everyone is invited to join them. Through PolyU’s global network of over 230 universities / institutions abroad –– in 37 countries and regions –– each year, exchange students from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand Zealand, Canada, Germany and more, arrive in Hong Kong for an unparalleled student experience. Here, they improve their education while further diversifying the community.
There are many avenues that international students can take to make a PolyU education their own. To start designing your path to excellence, learn more about international admissions here.
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