Aims of the Academic Advising System

Academic advising at PolyU aims to help students make informed and intelligent academic decisions/choices about their studies at PolyU that suit their intellectual, professional and personal goals. It is instrumental to promoting student success, and plays a vital role in enhancing students’ overall learning experience at PolyU.


Dual Advising Systems @ PolyU

There are two components in the academic advising system at PolyU:

  • Department-based Academic Advising (Primarily for broad discipline and Major programme matters)
  • Institutional level Academic Advising by the Office of General University Requirements (OGUR) (primarily for matters related to GUR)


Academic Advising @ BME

(a) Arrangement

Every undergraduate student admitted to our 4-year BME programme will be assigned to one academic staff member who will act as his/her Academic Advisor throughout his/her course of study at PolyU. The teaching team will introduce the Academic Advising System and the academic advisors to new students during the induction meetings.

(b) Duties of Academic Advisor

The duties of an Academic Advisor would include the following:

  1. To arrange at least one face-to-face meeting with his/her students in a semester;
  2. To be accessible and available to students, and responding to their questions and concerns which are related to their studies;
  3. To give students advice on their intellectual, professional and personal goal;
  4. To facilitate students to develop an appropriate study plan, and assist in their selection of appropriate BME stream, subjects, and WIE training to achieve their identified goals;
  5. To remind students to follow academic regulations and requirements;
  6. To build rapport with students, serving as a bridge that connects them to the Dept. and to the Student Affairs Office;
  7. To identify students with special learning needs or early signs of learning problems, follow up with them and refer/encourage them to seek help or support; and
  8. To give advices to students in applications for jobs, scholarships or further studies.

Academic Advising @ OGUR

To meet with your OGUR Academic Counsellor, please click here.

Responsibilities of Students in Academic Advising

Effective academic advising requires an active participation of students in the process. It is important that students know their responsibilities to:

  1. Understand the academic regulations and requirements of their chosen Major/programme/stream as well as the GUR requirements;
  2. Actively obtain information and seek out advisors and resources on a regular basis and as needed; and
  3. Take the final responsibility for making decisions and choices regarding their academic studies based on the information and advice given.