Regional Bases with Specialized Focuses
Apart from collaborating with about 350 mainland institutions on 1100 projects, PolyU has developed a strong network on the Chinese mainland through six regional bases with specialized focuses :
The Hangzhou Centre is the first mainland outpost set up in the Eastern Region. With the support from Zhejiang University, the centre has launched with success four master's and one doctoral degree programmes that make up almost one-third of all approved collaboration programmes of PolyU on the mainland. In addition, the centre has a specialized focus in supporting PolyU student’s advancement in leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit and all-round abilities.
The Xi’an Centre is the second outpost running three award programmes jointly with Xi’an Jiaotong University. Since the centre’s establishment in 2002, over 1700 students have completed their studies and obtained their PolyU degrees. The centre has expanded its role as a base for PolyU students to acquire learning experience on the mainland and for more collaborative research focusing on the creative culture industries related fields.
The Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction in Chengdu set up with Sichuan University is the first ever institute built on the Chinese mainland embracing education, research and community services with a focus on disaster management and reconstruction. Funded by the 200 million donation of HK Jockey Club, the Institute is located at the Jiangan District of Sichuan University campus, occupying 20,000 square metres in net floor area.
The Shenzhen Base on commercialization, training and research was launched by PolyU in 2011. The Shenzhen Base has demonstrated as a strategic establishment in Pearl River Delta (PRD), helping PolyU to develop its research capabilities and strive for research resources from the Mainland. Through its registered Mainland legal entity, the PolyU Shenzhen Base has made it possible for PolyU to bid for Mainland research funding at both national and provincial levels.
Beijing Liaison Office is located inside the Peking University campus. Together with this office is the Peking University-Hong Kong Polytechnic University China Social Work Research Centre. The office facilitates the partnership with universities, government bodies, research institutes, commercial and non-profit making agencies to enhance academic research, education programmes, and student learning opportunities. Activities and programmes in Beijing are geared towards the themes of urban sustainability, university social responsibility and youth leadership development.
The Shanghai Liaison Office is located at the campus of Tongji University. The office is to support the various collaborative research and joint educational programmes between the two universities. It aims to forge a development base in Shanghai for PolyU students to receive placement training, attend training courses and participate in exchange visits.