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1937

Founding of the Government Trade School
Founding of the Government Trade School in Wanchai, the first government funded, post-secondary technical school in Hong Kong. About 70 students enrolled for classes in marine wireless operating, mechanical engineering and building construction.

1947

Hong Kong Technical College
The School was renamed the Hong Kong Technical College after World War II.

1957

new premise in Hung Hom
The Hong Kong Technical College moved to its new premises in Hung Hom. The then Governor Sir Alexander Grantham officiated at the opening ceremony.

1969

The Polytechnic Planning Committee
The Polytechnic Planning Committee, chaired by Dr P. Y. Tang, was appointed to make detailed proposals on the establishment of a polytechnic in Hong Kong

1971

The Polytechnic Planning Committee
The Committee, under the leadership of Dr Chung Sze-yuen (now Sir Sze-yuen Chung) who served as Acting Chairman following the passing away of Committee Chairman, Dr P. Y. Tang, submitted a proposal.

1972

Hong Kong Polytechnic Ordinance was enacted
24.3.1972

The Hong Kong Polytechnic Ordinance was enacted. The Governor, the late Sir Murray MacLehose, became the first President of the Polytechnic. Sir S. Y. Chung was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors.

1972

The Hong Kong Polytechnic
1.8.1972

The Hong Kong Polytechnic (the Polytechnic) was formally established, taking over the campus of the Hong Kong Technical College.

1976

new building of the Polytechnic
26.10.1976

The first new building of the Polytechnic was officially opened by The Governor, the late Sir Murray MacLehose. It was later named the Tang Ping Yuan Building as a tribute to the late Dr P. Y. Tang.

1977

Polytechnic Library
7.2.1977

The new Polytechnic Library was officially opened by Princess Alexandra.

1978

official visit to Xian Jiaotong University
A Polytechnic delegation led by the Director, Dr Keith Legg, paid an official visit to Xian Jiaotong University - the first-ever official visit of a Hong Kong academic institution to an institution in the Chinese mainland.

1983

Launch of the first batch of five degree courses
Launch of the first batch of five degree courses in the areas of Mathematics and Science; Computing Studies; Electronic Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Social Work.

1988

first MPhil degree
The Institution conferred its first MPhil degree.

1989

The Polytechnic conferred its first honorary doctorate
The Polytechnic conferred its first honorary doctorate on the Founding Chairman of Council, Sir Sze-yuen Chung.

1989

The Polytechnic conferred its first honorary doctorate
Following the submission of the New Academic Development Proposals 1991-1994 in response to the Government's policy to expand degree places, the Polytechnic was subsequently authorized by the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee to offer degree programmes to 65 per cent of its student population by 1994/95.

1991

first PhD degree
The Polytechnic conferred its first PhD degree.

1992

four-faced clock tower
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Polytechnic erected a four-faced clock tower on the campus podium to commemorate the occasion.

1994

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
25.11.1994

Legislation was enacted to change the name of the Institution to "The Hong Kong Polytechnic University". Self-accreditation status was granted by the Government.

1994

PolyU logo
The University logo is developed from the well-established emblem designed in the early 1970 for the then Hong Kong Polytechnic. The round shapes at each corner interwine to symbolize "P" for Polytechnic and "U" for University. The image of "T" that stands for technical excellence in the past logo is retained, and the open perimeter represents increased interaction between the University and the world.

1995

Council of the University
The Council of the University was formally inaugurated on January 1, 1995.

1995

the Federation of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Alumni Associations
Founding of the Federation of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Alumni Associations.

1995

International Strategic Technology Alliance
Establishment of the International Strategic Technology Alliance (ISTA) to promote applied research and collaboration and to facilitate knowledge transfer on an international scale.

1996

Establishment of the PolyU Technology & Consultancy Company Ltd
Establishment of the PolyU Technology & Consultancy Company Ltd (PTeC), a not-for-profit service arm of the University to offer one-stop professional services for business and industry.

1996

first Doctor of Business Administration programme
Launch of the territory's first Doctor of Business Administration programme.

1996

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Western Canada) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Western Canada) Association, the first overseas association.

1997

first Outstanding PolyU Alumni Awards
The first Outstanding PolyU Alumni Awards were presented.

1997

first mainland training outpost in Hangzhou
Establishment of the first mainland training outpost in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

1999

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Eastern Canada) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Eastern Canada) Association, the second overseas association.

1999

School of Professional Education and Executive Development
Establishment of the School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED) to foster lifelong education.

2000

Institute for Enterprise
Inauguration of the Institute for Enterprise (IfE) to provide professional services for business and industry on a self-financed basis.

2000

Hong Kong CyberU
Co-founded the Hong Kong CyberU, Hong Kong's first virtual university, with Cable & Wireless HKT (now known as PCCW).

2001

Hong Kong Community College
Set up of Hong Kong Community College to offer an expanded range of Associate Degree programmes.

2002

first batch of foreign students from Europe and Asia
Admission of the first batch of foreign students from Europe and Asia to its undergraduate programmes.

2002

the world's largest Human Rainbow
PolyU celebrated its 65th anniversary. A total of 11,273 students, alumni, staff, friends and families together formed the world's largest Human Rainbow, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, at the Hong Kong Stadium.

2002

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Australia) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Australia) Association, the third overseas association.

2002

Student Halls of Residence
Opening of the Student Halls of Residence.

2003

Mars Rock Corer
PolyU contributed to European Space Agency’s Mars Express Mission - The Mars Rock Corer, a soil sampling tool invented by University Fellow and dentist Dr Ng Tze-chuen in collaboration with PolyU scientists, was one of the instruments employed by the European Space Agency for its "Beagle 2 Lander" in its Mars Express mission.

2004

research centres and training facilities at the National University Science and Technology Park
Signing of a collaborative agreement with the Shenzhen Hi-Tech Industrial Park. The University was the first local tertiary institution to set up research centres and training facilities at the National University Science and Technology Park of the Virtual University Park in Shenzhen.

2004

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Eastern USA) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Eastern USA) Association, the fourth overseas association.

2005

State Key Laboratory for Chinese Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology
PolyU obtained Central Government's approval for developing a State Key Laboratory for Chinese Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology at the University's Shenzhen-based Institute of Modern Chinese Medicine. This is the first State Key Laboratory with a focus on Chinese medicine being established on the mainland by a Hong Kong academic institution.

2005

new drug to cure liver cancer
PolyU researchers had successfully developed a new drug to cure liver cancer. It was an important milestone in the development of bio-technology and pharmaceutical industry in Hong Kong.

2005

Vice-President Zeng Qinghong visited PolyU
Vice-President Zeng Qinghong visited PolyU's Nanotechnology Centre for Functional and Intelligent Textiles and Apparel of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing and witnessed the signing of a co-operation agreement between PolyU and the Beijing Institute of Technology.

2006

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Association (Singapore)
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Association (Singapore), the fifth overseas association.

2006

support of the lunar exploration projects
PolyU signed a collaborative agreement with the Lunar Exploration Programme Centre of China National Space Administration (CNSA) to nurture talents and foster academic exchange and research collaboration in support of the lunar exploration projects.

2006

collaborative research partner for the Beijing Olympics
Designation of the University as a collaborative research partner for the Beijing Olympics by the Science and Education Department of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

2006

Hong Kong's first and only Confucius Institute of Hong Kong
Authorized by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, PolyU set up Hong Kong's first and only Confucius Institute of Hong Kong to further promote Chinese language and culture in the territory.

2006

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Development Foundation
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Development Foundation.

2006

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Association (Northern California)
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Association (Northern California), the sixth overseas association.

2007

Flags of Harmony and Unity
PolyU celebrated its 70th anniversary and HKSAR's 10th Anniversary through staging the "Flags of Harmony and Unity" event, drawing 21,726 members and friends of the PolyU community and scouts to form the largest national flag and HKSAR flag in the world, as recognized by the Guinness World Records.

2007

congratulatory message from Premier Wen Jiabao
A congratulatory message from Premier Wen Jiabao for PolyU's 70th Anniversary.

2007

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Southern California) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Southern California) Association, the seventh overseas association.

2007

a new pact with national sports authorities
The University, which was designated as a strategic partner for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, further signed a new pact with national sports authorities to extend its provision of sports rehabilitation services and sports health care to the national sports squads beyond the Beijing Olympics.

2007

Hung Hom Bay campus of HKCC
The Hung Hom Bay campus of the PolyU affiliated Hong Kong Community College opened.

2008

campus-wide fund raising campaign for the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake
After the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, PolyU immediately launched a campus-wide fund raising campaign and a total of HK$3.5 million was raised for the victims. To support the reconstruction of Sichuan, PolyU also signed a landmark agreement with Sichuan University for the establishment of the Sichuan Post-disaster Reconstruction Support and Research Centre in the province.

2008

help the athletes prepare for the Beijing Olympics
PolyU can claim some credit for China's outstanding performance at the Beijing Olympics. Experts from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, including nursing staff, rehabilitation scientists and therapists, optometrists, health technology experts, and sports therapists were deployed to help the athletes prepare for the Beijing Olympics.

2008

West Kowloon Campus of HKCC
Opening of the West Kowloon Campus of Hong Kong Community College.

2008

Professor Poon Chung-kwong retired
Professor Poon Chung-kwong retired from the post of PolyU President at the end of 2008 after 18 years of distinguished service.

2009

Professor Timothy W. Tong took office
Professor Timothy W. Tong took office as PolyU President.

2009

Launch of mycar
Launch of mycar - the first Hong Kong-developed electric vehicle which fully complies with European standards, and also the first home-grown vehicle to hit the international market.

2009

appointment of Executive Councillor Ms Marjorie Yang Mun-tak as PolyU Council Chairman
Announcement of the appointment of Executive Councillor the Hon. Marjorie Yang Mun-tak as PolyU Council Chairman with effect from 1 January 2010. Ms Yang is the first female Council Chair in the local tertiary education sector.

2009

PolyU student-athletes participated in the East Asian Games
14 PolyU student-athletes participated in the East Asian Games and took home 10 medals, including 4 gold medals out of the 110 medals captured by the host city Hong Kong.

2009

Commencement of the campus expansion projects
Commencement of the campus expansion projects: Phase 8 campus, Innovation Tower and Student Phase 3 Development.

2010

new senior management team
The new senior management team fully in place.

2010

largest single team ever for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2010
PolyU set a new record by sending forth the largest single team ever for the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2010. The strong PolyU team is made up of 3,100 students, staff, alumni and their family members and friends.

2010

The Hong Kong PolyU (United Kingdom) Association
Inauguration of The Hong Kong PolyU (United Kingdom) Association, the eighth overseas association.

2010

the Training Institute for Diaster Management and Reconstruction
After two years of hard work following the Sichuan earthquake, PolyU secured a dontation of RMB200 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club to establish the Training Institute for Diaster Management and Reconstruction in collaboration with Sichuan University.

2010

Joint Laboratory in Precision Engineering for Space Applications
PolyU and the China Academy of Space Technology signed an agreement to formalize research collaboration relating to China's lunar exploration programme and announced the establishment of a Joint Laboratory in Precision Engineering for Space Applications.

2010

International Advisory Board
PolyU set up a high-level International Advisory Board (IAB) to further promote internationalization with the support of 19 prominent leaders from the academia, professional communities and the business sector.

2011

High Achievers Club
16.3.2011

PolyU established the "High Achievers Club" to provide learning opportunities for gifted students.

2011

test ride along the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Rail
6.2011

PolyU President Professor Timothy W. Tong and Vice President (Research Development) Professor Alex Wai led a delegation to join a test ride along the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Rail. It marked the pilot use of PolyU's optical sensor technology for monitoring the structural safety across the country's Hi-Speed Rail.

2011

PolyU Shenzhen Base
21.7.2011

PolyU opened its Shenzhen Base in the Nanshan District's High-Tech Industrial Park to further strengthen its collaboration with enterprises in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, nurture more professional manpower, and make further contribution to the PRD region's economic and technological development.

2011

Food Safety and Technology Research Centre
9.8.2011

The first-ever Food Safety and Technology Research Centre set up by a higher education institute in Hong Kong was launched. It serves to raise the standard of food safety in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region through education and research.

2011

Hotel ICON
Hotel ICON, a teaching and research hotel wholly-owned by PolyU, was officially opened.
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