Selection should be made based on the nominee’s contributions in the following four categories:
- Professional Achievement 專業成就 - this category recognizes alumni who have attained distinguished achievements, demonstrated exemplary leadership and made a strong impact on their profession / industry.
- Entrepreneurial Achievement 創業成就 - this category recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship, founded and advanced business or technology ventures with societal impact.
- Scholarly Achievement 學術成就 - this category recognizes alumni scholars who have made notable scholarly or research contributions in their disciplines, with proven track record and excellent reputation in the field.
- Community Service Achievement 社會服務成就 - this category recognizes alumni who have made impactful contributions to the communities, or demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment, volunteerism and/or philanthropy for promoting the wellbeing of the communities.
In addition to the proposed criteria for the respective award categories, a common criterion, i.e. "Support and Contribution to EIE/PolyU", will form a part of the selection criteria.
To recognize young alumni as well as alumni of more senior years, there will be two streams of awards, namely "Outstanding Young Alumni Award of PolyU Department of Electronic and Information Engineering" (for those aged under 40) and “Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU Department of Electronic and Information Engineering” (for those aged 40 or above).