The origin of the University can be traced back to 1937 with the founding of the first publicly-funded post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong – the Government Trade School. The School was renamed the Hong Kong Technical College in 1947. In August 1972, the Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established taking over the campus and staff of the Hong Kong Technical College. The Institution assumed full University status in November 1994. It has a student population of about 25,300 by headcount.
Students enrol on programmes offered by individual academic departments, which are grouped under the following faculties/academic units (abbreviations in brackets):
Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles (FAST)
Faculty of Business (FB)
Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE)
Faculty of Engineering (FENG)
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS)
Faculty of Humanities (FH)
School of Design (SD)
School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM)
All PolyU academic programmes follow a credit-based structure. The adoption of a credit-based structure has enabled our study programmes to be more responsive to the changing needs of students, the professions and the society. Students can take a range of subjects according to their interests and career plans and will have greater flexibility in pacing their study. They may also apply for transfer of credits for their previous studies.
A credit-based programme comprises subjects which have values expressed in terms of credits. Subjects are categorised into different levels representing different intellectual demand on students.
To earn a credit, students are expected to take up about 35 to 45 hours of study (inclusive of contact hours, private study etc.). Unless otherwise pre-assigned by the Department, the number of credits to be taken in each semester shall not exceed 21.
For graduation, you are required to complete a specified number of credits and satisfy other requirements as laid down in the relevant definitive programme document, which will be issued to you by your programme offering Department at the commencement of your study. Some students may be required to take extra credits if they lack the necessary foundation for pursuing a particular discipline and they will be advised by the programme offering department.
General University Requirements
Students on UGC-funded 4-year curriculum undergraduate degree programmes and those admitted to the UGC-funded Higher Diploma programmes in 2012/13 or after will be required to complete the General University Requirements (GUR) and the General University Requirements for Higher Diploma Programmes (HDGUR) respectively.
GUR for 4-year curriculum undergraduate degree programmes include the Language and Communication Requirements (LCR), Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) (including a China Studies requirement), Leadership and Intra-Personal Development, Service-Learning, and Freshman Seminar, and make up a total of 30 credits. Students are also required to complete a noncredit-bearing programme in Healthy Lifestyle Note 1 as part of the GUR.
Students on articulation degree programmes are required to take a total of 9 credits of GUR subjects, including CAR (which in turn includes a China Studies requirement) and Service-Learning Note 2. Some students may be required to take LCR subjects on top of the normal curriculum requirement.
HDGUR include the HD Language and Communication Requirements, CAR (including a China Studies requirement) and Freshman Seminar, and make up a total of 15 to 18 credits.
Students on UGC-funded 4-year curriculum undergraduate degree programmes or 2-year full-time articulation degree programmes are required to take a mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component, and details of the component will be specified according to the needs of the Broad Disciplines concerned.
The University supports the enhancement of language proficiency of students in English, written Chinese and Putonghua. Students admitted to UGC-funded Bachelor's degree and sub-degree programmes which cater for school-leavers (normally full-time programmes) are expected to attain a desired level of language proficiencies before graduation. Where necessary, non-creditbearing Language Enhancement Programmes (LEP) will be prescribed by the English Language Centre or Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies for individual students after admission.
In addition, students admitted in or before 2010/11 are required to sit for the Graduating Students' Language Proficiency Assessment (GSLPA) in both Chinese and English before graduation. Except for those who are given exemption from attempting the GSLPA, students who have not taken both of the GSLPAs shall not be eligible for graduation.
Students admitted in 2011/12 and 2012/13 will be required to complete two compulsory 3-credit language subjects (English and Chinese). Details of these requirements are either set out in the definitive programme document, which will be issued to you by your Department at the commencement of your study, or announced by the English Language Centre and Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies.
General Education Requirement
Students who enrol on UGC-funded Bachelor's degree and sub-degree programmes will be required to complete compulsory General Education subjects. Some non-UGC-funded programmes may also specify compulsory General Education requirement for their students. You are advised to read your definitive programme document carefully to ascertain the General Education requirements for your programme.
Work-Integrated Education and Co-curricular Requirements
Students enrolled on UGC-funded full-time undergraduate degree programmes are required to take a credit-bearing Work-Integrated Education (WIE) component and to participate in non-credit-bearing co-curricular activities before graduation for the purposes of broadening their experience in real working environment and enhancing their all-round development.
You are advised to refer to your definitive programme document and to consult your programme offering department for details of the above requirements.
To provide support to you to fulfil the academic requirements, there are two systems of academic advising at PolyU: a) Department-based academic advising; and b) academic advising at the institutional level operated by the Office of General University Requirements (OGUR). While the former system is primarily related to advising on your Major study and Minor/Free Elective study (via Academic Advisor in the Department/Faculty), the latter system attempts to help students to fulfil the General University Requirements (GUR) Note 3 via OGUR Academic Counsellors. Please visit the Academic Advising page of the website of OGUR to understand more about academic advising at PolyU http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ogur/. You may also visit the Academic Advising website of the department offering your programme for arrangements related to your programme. Information of the departmental websites can be found in Appendix 5.