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Prof. Timothy W. Tong takes office as PolyU President
PolyU community farewells Prof. Poon Chung-kwong
Dinner gathering for alumni and students in Beijing to be held on 28 February

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Prof. Timothy W. Tong takes office as PolyU President

PolyU begins a new era this year in welcoming Prof. Timothy W. Tong as new President with effect from 1 January 2009.  Prior to his current appointment, Prof. Tong was Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at The George Washington University in the United States. 

Prof. Tong was born and raised in Hong Kong. After completing his secondary education at Hong Kong Christian College, he pursued further studies in the US where he received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University in 1976; M.S. and PhD in the same discipline from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and 1980.  He completed his doctoral study under the supervision of the late prominent educator Prof. Tien Chang-Lin.

Prof. Tong has been collaborating with universities in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland and thus understands well the higher education landscapes in the region.  He has also been very active in fostering academic collaboration internationally.  More>> 

PolyU community farewells Prof. Poon Chung-kwong

PolyU staged a Farewell Dinner in honour of President Prof. Poon Chung-kwong, who retired in December 2008 after completing 18 years of distinguished service. Dr Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of HKSAR and University Chancellor, and his wife were the Guests of Honour.  Addressing a full house of more than 900 dinner guests, Dr Tsang highly commended Prof. Poon for his tremendous contribution to the advancement of higher education in the territory and leading the Institution to achieve full university status in 1994 during his tenure. 

PolyU Council Chairman Mr Victor Lo also announced at the dinner that the University Council has unanimously agreed to confer the title of President Emeritus upon Prof. Poon in recognition of his distinguished accomplishment and contributions to PolyU.

The evening was full of heartfelt sharing and performances by alumni, staff and students.  A specially designed 52-pieces porcelain tableware was also given to Prof. Poon at the dinner by Prof. Kenneth Pang, President of the Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations, representing the entire PolyU¡¦s alumni community, to pay tribute to his 18-years of distinguished service at PolyU.  More>> 

PolyU also dedicated a tree on campus to Prof. Poon on his last day of service (31 December 2008) as a memento of his 18 years of distinguished service to the Institution.  More>> 


Dinner gathering for alumni and students in Beijing to be held on 28 February

PolyU will organize a "Dinner Gathering for PolyU Alumni and Students in Beijing and Tianjin" on 28 February (Saturday).  President of PolyU, Prof. Timothy W. Tong, will host the dinner and meet alumni in Beijing in person.

This dinner gathering is specially organized for:

¡@ - all graduates and current students of PolyU's academic programmes offered jointly with other collaborating universities/institutions in Beijing and Tianjin ; and
¡@ - all graduates of other PolyU programmes in HK/China, who are now living or working in Beijing and Tianjin, or who happen to be there at that time. 

For further details and registration, please refer to the invitation letter and registration form (Chinese version only).  Seats will be reserved on first-come-first-served basis.  More>>

Date: 28 February (Sat)
Time: 5:30pm ¡V 9:00pm
Venue: Park Hyatt Hotel (Beijing Yintai Centre, Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Dinner Fee: RMB 260 per head (or HK$300 per head)
Registration Deadline: 18 February (Wednesday)


PolyU alumni building a greener Hong Kong

More than 1,000 enthusiastic PolyU alumni and their friends and family members planted more than 5,000 shrubs and saplings at the Shing Mun Valley Park, Tsuen Wan on 30 November 2008 with a wish to build a greener Hong Kong.  The event was kicked off by Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR, as Guest of Honour.

This year¡¦s event was greatly supported by PolyU alumni, including Miss Gigi Leung, PolyU¡¦s School of Design Alumnus, and many PolyU alumni associations as well as overseas associations.  The event also contributed a donation of HK$28,000 for The Community Chest of Hong Kong.  More>> 

PolyU invites application for a wide range of programmes

PolyU is now inviting applications for its 2009/10 full-time degree, sub-degree and taught postgraduate programmes.  Some 80 full-time programmes are inviting applications until 6 February; while about 25 part-time programmes will also be open for applications from 15 January to 5 March.  For more information, please call enquiry hotline: 2333-0600.  More>> 

Latest campus development projects

Some planned campus development projects are being undertaken this year, including the development of Phase 8, Innovation Tower, and redevelopment of Pak Sui YuenIn order to facilitate the development of the Innovation Tower, the Michael Clinton Swimming Pool and the Outdoor Basketball Court at Keith Legg Sports Field are temporarily closed for the construction works. 

An exhibition held by the University's Campus Development Office is now being shown at the Podium Floor Lobby of the Li Ka Shing Tower until 19 January.  The exhibition includes project models, display panels and PowerPoint presentations showing the information of the latest campus development projects.  


PolyU raises fund on the green

"PolyU Invitation Golf Tournament 2008" was successfully held in December 2008 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen.  More than 130 participants gathered together for the fun-filled event which raised about $0.9 million for the University.  More>>


Major Conferences at a Glance:

Symposium on China¡¦s Economic Development (25 Nov):  More than 600 participants attended the ¡§China Economic and Business Symposium 2008 ¡V The Insights¡¨.  The one-day Symposium was jointly organised by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and PolyU¡¦s Faculty of Business and Partnership Development Office.  More>> 

The 4th Symposium on China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Exchanges (8-9 Dec): Organized by the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC), the Symposium was supported by the Knowledge Management Research Centre of PolyU.  Over 250 academics and officials from more than ten Asian countries gathered at Beijing to present and exchange their views on intellectual capital management.  More>> 
Fourth International Conference on Brand Management & Business of Design Week 2008 (9 Dec): Jointly organised by PolyU¡¦s Asian Centre for Brand Management and the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Conference attracted about 600 professionals from both business and academic sectors.  The Conference was also staged as one of the key events of this year¡¦s Business of Design Week.  More>>  Nobel Laureate Distinguished Lecture (10 Dec): Professor Douglass North, winner of Nobel Prize in Economics 1993, shared his view on China economic development with more than 200 participants at the ¡§Nobel Laureate Distinguished Lecture¡¨.  The lecture was part of the full-day Conference on Property Rights and Economic Reform co-organised by PolyU and The Ronald Coase Institute, the renowned US research institute in New Institutional Economics.  More>> 
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Upcoming Events

Date / Time Event / Venue Organizer Contact

Now ¡V 19 Jan


Exhibition on PolyU Campus Development Projects
Venue: Podium Floor Lobby, Li Ka Shing Tower, PolyU

Campus Development Office, PolyU

Tel: 3400-3608 / Miss Jo Jo Yeung


10 Jan (Saturday)
6:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

2009 New Year Party
Penthouse Sky Lounge, 29/F, Silver Base Centre, 200 Gloucester Road, Wanchai

MBA Alumni Association, PolyU

Email: /

16 Jan (Friday)


CyberUAA Annual General Meeting
Venue: Room M1502, 15/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, PolyU

PolyU-HKCyberU Alumni Association

Tel: 9019-6340 / Mr CK Mak

19 Jan ¡V 13 Feb
Monday to Friday
9:30a.m. - 12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m. - 5:45p.m.

¡§When Photography & Drawing Meet Fashion¡¨ Exhibition
Venue: ITC Fashion and Textiles Resources Centre, Rm MN109, PolyU

Institute of Textiles & Clothing, PolyU

Tel: 2766-6463 / 2766-6511

8 Feb (Sunday)

PolyU Running Squad (Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2009)

Standard Chartered Bank

Tel: 2766-6823 / Mr Kenny Leung
        3400-3123 / Ms Carmen Yau


11 Feb (Wednesday)
6:30p.m.- 8:00p.m.
Monthly Happy Hour Gathering
Venue: 16/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, PolyU
Doctor of Business Administration Alumni Association, PolyU Tel: 2766-5123 / Miss Jackie Lau
28 Feb (Saturday)
5:30p.m. ¡V 9:00p.m.
Dinner Gathering for PolyU Alumni and Students in Beijing and Tianjin
Venue: Park Hyatt Hotel, Beijing Yintai Centre, Jianguomenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Alumni Affairs and Development Office, PolyU Tel: 2766-4881 / Miss Elena Leung
        2766-5418 / Ms Angel Yau
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Dinner Fee: RMB 260 per head (or HK$300 per head)
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FHKPUAA Cardholders and PolyU Graduate VISA Cardholders can enjoy 50% discount off when applying for the Sports Facilities User Card.
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Promotional Offer of PolyU Library Services for Alumni

Pau Yue-kong library is now offering special promotional service packages to alumni

Free Alumni Email Account for PolyU Graduates

A FREE email forwarding service is now offered to ALL PolyU graduates and the cardholders of the Federation of PolyU Alumni Associations (Life Members)   More>>

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