Dean's Message

Faculty of Humanities (FH) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is one of the youngest faculties of humanities in Hong Kong and full of energy in creating synergies among language, culture, and science in education and research.

In line with the role and mission of our University, our Faculty is an application-oriented faculty in the broader sense of the term. It is one place for the student to learn and to develop, for the teacher to transmit knowledge and to contribute to scholarship. It is where you find people learn to care about people and serve society.

Our efforts are fast gaining international recognition. We are ranked 106th in the world, and 20th in Asia 1 .The subjects of Linguistics and History are among the top of universities in Hong Kong 2 . In Linguistics, we are also ranked 34th in the world 3.

The Faculty is also recognised internationally through our strong academic links. We have established joint research centres with Peking University, Tsinghua University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University and University of Technology, Sydney, as well as exchange programmes with other leading universities in the world. In 2010 and 2011, we have been consecutively granted by the European Commission the first Erasmus Mundus mobility programme in Hong Kong for academic exchange between European higher education institutions with those from the South East Asia countries.

Gaining strength in areas such as speech therapy and health communication, FH is emerging as a leader in tertiary education in the fields of applied language sciences and bilingual China studies in Asia Pacific and the world. Our programmes equip students with knowledge and practical application abilities essential in a wide range of professions.

In addition to students studying in FH programmes, the Faculty also serves all PolyU students taking language and general education subjects. All five units in the Faculty work to help our students to enhance their language competence in both English and Chinese, and to develop skills in extensive reading, writing and critical thinking. The Confucius Institute of Hong Kong under the Faculty also offers a wide range of scholarly and cultural activities.



1 By regional filtering of Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Faculty 2017.

2 According to the result of the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 conducted by the University Grants Council, 45% and 60% of our research in Linguistics & language studies and History respectively is judged to meet the standard of either world-leading (4-star) or internationally excellent (3-star).

3 According to Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by subject 2017.

Professor CHU Hung-lam
    Professor CHU Hung-lam
    Dean, Faculty of Humanities
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