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In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2019, the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) has 2 disciplines in the top 20. The ranking for Architecture/ Built Environment was in 20th place, while Civil and Structural Engineering was in 15th place. Locally, PolyU still leads in the subject of Civil and Structural Engineering.

QS uses 4 criteria for its ranking system – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per paper, and H-index, which measures both the productivity and impact of a scholar’s publications. The relative weightings of these criteria vary from discipline to discipline. For Architecture/ Built Environment, the weightings are 70% Academic Reputation, 10% Employer Reputation, 10% Citations, and 10% H-index. Those for Civil and Structural Engineering are 40% Academic Reputation, 30% Employer Reputation, 15% Citations, and 15% H-index. The ratings reflect the academic peers’ and employers’ opinions of the Faculty, as well as the achievements of academic staff in research (citations and impact). In terms of Citations per paper and H-index, PolyU is ahead of other world-leading universities in both Architecture/ Built Environment as well as Civil and Structural Engineering. For 2019, PolyU has obtained overall scores of 80.3 for Architecture/ Built Environment and 85.7 for Civil and Structural Engineering respectively, demonstrating its all-rounded accomplishments.