According to a recently released ranking by US News, PolyU is ranked 16th in a list of Best Global Universities for Engineering, which is largely based on research performance in a variety of engineering topics, including aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and civil engineering. Various bibliometric measures such as publications and citations were used, as well as indicators for global and regional reputation in each specific subject.

The Faculty of Construction and Engineering (FCE) has been an important contributor within PolyU to this respectable ranking. It has some of the best minds in their respective fields, particularly for the subject of civil and structural engineering, for which PolyU was ranked 10th in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject.