The history of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) can be traced back to 1937 when the Government Trade School opened. The School was reopened in 1947 after World War II and was renamed Hong Kong Technical College, which subsequently was renamed as Hong Kong Polytechnic and then The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1972 and 1994 respectively. In 1967, the Department of Building, Surveying & Structural Engineering was developed from the Building Department. As a result of its steady growth, it was re-structured into two departments in 1973, one of which was the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. In September 2012, the department was renamed as Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The mission of the Department is to provide high quality application-oriented programmes to educate future professionals to meet the future infrastructure and sustainable development needs of Hong Kong and Mainland China and to advance scientific knowledge and facilitate technology transfer through research and consultancy activities.
Objectives of our Department
- To offer good quality continuing professional training programmes, in addition to full-time academic programmes, to update the knowledge of practising civil, structural and environmental engineers.
- To undertake fundamental and applied research to underpin the academic programmes.
- To provide research related consultancy services to local and overseas communities.
- To collaborate with local and nonlocal institutions with complementary strengths to further enhance its research capability.
The Department has about 40 academic members teaching undergraduate programmes and taught master programmes, supervising MPhil and PhD students, and leading our research projects and community services. The academic staff members are organized into 5 academic units, supported by 14 office staff and 23 technical staff. The Department manages 27 laboratories to provide a controlled environment to support teaching, research and community service.
The Department has also invited Honorary Professors, Adjunct Professors and Adjunct Associate Professors to contribute to the teaching of various subjects in the academic programmes.
Postgraduate Research Programmes
The Department attracts quality local, non-local students to apply for our postgraduate research programmes. There are currently 102 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) students and 10 MPhil (Master of Philosophy) students in full-time or part-time modes of study. There are also around 80 research staff members working on our research projects.
Taught Master Programmes
MSc/PgD in Civil Engineering
MSc/PgD in Environmental Management and Engineering
BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering
BEng(Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development (with effect from 2016/17 cohort)
BSc(Hons) in Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health
Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering