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Ir Professor William
H.K. Lam

Welcome to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Our Department is one of the most reputable academic departments in the field of civil, structural and environmental engineering in the region. We have a long history in educating young minds, conducting innovative research, and offering professional services to local and overseas communities. We have a large pool of energetic and highly experienced faculty members to act as course instructors and research supervisors in an environment rich in advanced laboratory and support facilities.

Our academic programmes are designed with a systematic and flexible structure. Students will be well-equipped with fundamental knowledge and will have acquired some up-to-date practical experience when they are ready to graduate. Many of our graduates now occupy senior positions in the industry and the community. They are part of a well-recognized group of people making significant contributions to the growth and development of Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Recognizing internationally that our Department (CEE) is a leader in Civil Engineering and is performing very well in the latest World University Rankings. In the QS ranking by the discipline of Civil and Structural Engineering, PolyU has been ranked the 10th best institution globally for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018, and 1st in Hong Kong in 2018.  Reflected by the H-index, the productivity and impact of our published work has been ranked 1st in both 2017 and 2018 as well.  In another recent ranking exercise, Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the discipline of Transportation Science and Technology of PolyU has been ranked 8th in the world. In the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016, CEE has six and two academics respectively on the list of “The Most Cited Researchers” in the disciplines of civil engineering, and environmental science and engineering. Besides, in the ranking compiled by the National Taiwan University, and is also known as the NTU Ranking, the Civil Engineering Discipline of PolyU has been ranked 6th in the world for the year of 2017 in terms of scientific papers outputs and citations.

Our Department also maintains a good track record of success in securing external research grants and consultancy projects. To further enhance our research and consultancy activities, the Department has jointly proposed with Departments of Applied Physics (AP), Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (ABCT) to establish a University Research Facility for Chemical and Environmental Analysis, which will support research and development in the field. Our Department also requests to expedite the development of the Hong Kong Road Research Laboratory.

Looking ahead, Hong Kong has a very ambitious infrastructure development programme with many major infrastructure projects planned for the next decades. Sustainable urban development and environmental remediation programmes in Mainland China are actively pursued. New opportunities have been opened up for our young and enthusiastic graduates to participate in the innumerable infrastructure projects in the region.