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Student Mobility Team takes action against COVID-19

Our support to students who is participating or planning to participate any student mobility programmes but being disrupted by COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions has been activated and will be continued.    Student Exchange and Clinical Placement More than 320 students took up student exchange programme or clinical placement in semester 2, 2019/20 and were affected seriously by Covid-19 outbreak. Although majority of our students were not able to complete their overseas exchange experience by attending classes physically, over 80% of them have completed their studies and are expected to obtain credit transfer in due course. GEO has been in close contact with students and partner institutions since the very early stage. Apart from reaching out to students on a regular basis to ensure their health status, we also kept our students promptly informed on any HKSAR government announcement on Red Travel Alert in student’s hosting country and region. We have also connected with our students through channels to their convenience and provided support on issues such as return home, insurance cover, academic arrangements and any other concerns that our students experienced. Student Mobility in Chinese Mainland and Taiwan Starting from 1 July 2020, GEO’s portfolio in student mobility has expanded and will be responsible in managing all student mobility programmes including student exchange, summer exchange, clinical placement programme and any other outbound opportunities worldwide including Chinese Mainland, Taiwan. If you are interested to learn about the outbound opportunities that PolyU offers, please visit our website or contact us via email student.exchange@polyu.edu.hk.  

27 Jul, 2020

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PolyU Intimate Fashion Show 2020

Creativity knows no bounds. Graduating students displayed their fashion talent on the runway! Twelve gifted graduating students of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing majoring in Intimate Apparel and Activewear showcased their collections of six outfits at the PolyU Intimate Fashion Show. Students have overcome numerous challenges in completing their collections during school closure due to COVID-19, a testimony to their passion for fashion design.

14 Jul, 2020

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PolyU is Ranked 6th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2021 Top 50 Under 50 Rankings

PolyU moved up two places to 6th in the recently released Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2021 Top 50 Under 50 Rankings, which ranks the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years. The universities were ranked based on their performance in research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

29 Jun, 2020

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Chinese Mainland JEE student recruitment series

To promote diversity among our student body, we are excited to recruit Chinese mainland JEE students. For the last two months, we have relied heavily on digital media, such as online talks and social media sites such as Weibo and WeChat, to reach out to counsellors, students and students’ parents.   Parent consultation session for Chinese mainland JEE Students香港理工大学招生讲堂 理大副校在线为你答疑 On 20 June 2020, a parent consultation session was hosted for students’ parents. Professor Ben Young (Vice President of Student and International Affairs), Professor S. L. Ho (Associate Vice President of Academic Support), Professor Esmond Mok (Dean of Students) and Mr Eric Lo (Interim Director of Global Engagement) met with parents online. During this webinar, the speakers introduced the distinctive vision and uniqueness of PolyU and the essence of what makes PolyU different from other universities. The presenters discussed topics such as student development programmes and activities, offshore learning opportunities, admissions requirements, school fees, scholarships and other benefits of being a student at PolyU. This gave parents a chance to meet academic staff, discuss how the school operates and gain clarity on the University’s admissions procedures, student opportunities and other relevant topics. Three-day PolyU online information seminar 香港理工大学2020年本科线上说明会 Before the Parent Consultation Session in late June, an online information seminar series, held over three consecutive Saturdays (香港理工大学2020年本科线上说明会), was organised for Chinese mainland JEE students seeking university entry in 2020 or beyond. The sessions were held on 23 and 30 May and 6 June 2020. Professor Haitian Lu (Director of Chinese mainland Affairs) was invited to inform JEE students of the latest situation in Hong Kong and provide a better understanding of PolyU. General and special features of PolyU were also discussed, including rankings, scholarships, programme offerings, curriculums, an array of learning opportunities for students, graduate prospects and admissions requirements and procedures. The GEO will be glad to receive any further questions or concerns that students may have.  Speak with an advisor, please contact us at jee.study@polyu.edu.hk

21 Jun, 2020

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Series of virtual meetings with counsellors prospective students for student recruitment

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the GEO team has had to adapt to new methods of reaching out and public engagement as various levels of travel bans and social distancing measures are imposed across countries and regions. The team has organised online meetings with different formats and sizes, such as sample lectures, admissions talks, conversion sessions, virtual fairs and booths and digital meetings. Students from Bangladesh, the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea and many other countries and regions have been benefited from the various online sessions. The team is grateful to have received support from academics such as Dr Steve Boles and Dr Lawrence Cheung from the Faculty of Engineering and Professor Benny Leong and Mr Stefan Sonntag from the School of Design. Student attachés have also joined many of the virtual meetings to share their own experiences of PolyU with prospective students.   Signature event: PolyU Virtual Open House on 16-18 June 2020 GEO has teamed up with 8 faculties and schools as well as a number of current students and organised a total of 10 online information sessions during June. One of the reasons for hosting the information sessions is because school counsellors shared that they would like to learn more about the university as a whole as well as programme details. In addition, many students also shared a collective sense of interest in programme uniqueness, including programme approach, career prospect, internship opportunities and admissions requirements. While on-campus visit could hardly be carried out during epidemic of COVID-19 around the world, moving online would be an alternative. These online information sessions provided a summary of the broad range of degrees and subjects for undergraduate. The GEO team outlined the benefits of and requirements for enrolling in courses at PolyU. The team also talked about the latest updates on COVID-19 infection situation of Hong Kong and measures that PolyU taken during the pandemic. During a student sharing session, a number of international students shared useful tips with prospective students based on their own experiences. The attendees seized the opportunity to ask important and specific questions during a Q&A session. The students also shared their feedback on the online meeting process, which will be used to improve content preparation and video and audio quality to enhance online interactions between students, parents and academics in the near future. Click here to watch the series now. 

19 Jun, 2020

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Fighting COVID-19: Innovative responses from USRN member institutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled even the most advanced healthcare systems, and continues to pose an immense challenge to governments and the public. However, the crisis has also shed light on the positive impact of unity, strength and a sense of community as the world rallies in response. In all corners of the world, universities, colleges and other academic communities have willingly and openly joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. From conducting vital research to designing and producing personal protective equipment, providing access to relevant information and offering their facilities to those in self-isolation, these institutions have lent their rich resources to support efforts to address the needs arising from the effects of the crisis. To offer some insight into how universities can contribute to this battle against the pandemic, a featured website has been developed, placing a spotlight on eight member universities from the University Social Responsibility Network and the valuable contributions that they have made to their communities and beyond in addressing COVID-19. Read more.

16 Jun, 2020

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PolyU Collaborates with Macau University of Science and Technology

PolyU and the Macau University of Science and Technology jointly developed a novel AI-assisted diagnostic system in conjunction with other Chinese institutions for rapid and accurate diagnosis of COVID-19 pneumonia! Entitled "Clinically Applicable AI System for Accurate Diagnosis, Quantitative Measurements, and Prognosis of COVID-19 Pneumonia Using Computed Tomography", the research of the novel system was published in the prestigious international journal, Cell. The research team utilised a large computed tomography database of 3,777 patients to train and test the AI system, so that it can efficiently distinguish COVID-19 pneumonia from other viral pneumonia, and predict the severity level in 20 seconds, with an accuracy of up to 90% and above. Already implemented in many hospitals in different countries like Mainland China, the United States, Iran, Italy and Spain, the AI system could assist radiologists and physicians to perform a quick and accurate diagnosis, playing an important role when the health system is overloaded.

15 Jun, 2020

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PolyU Leaps to the 75th in the Latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021

PolyU is ranked 75th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021, up by 16 places from 91th of last year! The University community constantly strives for world-class excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer, and their concerted efforts are deservedly recognised in this newly released ranking results. PolyU will continue to provide a top-quality educational experience for students, and to support social and economic development through excellent research, thereby making greater contributions to Hong Kong, the nation and the world.

10 Jun, 2020

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PolyU and University of Surrey Sign an Agreement on Joint PhD Programme Framework

PolyU and the University of Surrey (Surrey) have signed an agreement on 17 October 2019 to establish joint Dual Ph.D. degree relationship. The new joint programme will be first launched in the research fields of hospitality and tourism, and then it will be further extended to other academic disciplines in the future. This partnership aims to bring together the complementary expertise of the two universities in student research and training, and to broaden the international experience of PhD students. Surrey has been a partner university for PolyU over the past 10 years, with a range of collaborative activities particularly concentrated in our respective Schools of Hospitality and Tourism Management, both of which are ranked among the top 10 in the world. In 2017, the two universities upgraded their student exchange partnership to the institutional level, thus enabling more exchange opportunities for PolyU and Surrey students.

17 Oct, 2019

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Visit from University of Waterloo

A delegation from University of Waterloo, led by the Nobel laureate Prof. Donna Strickland, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018, paid a courtesy visit to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for her first time and met with PolyU President Prof. Jin-Guang Teng. During the visit, the two universities discussed Vision Science around the common research topics on myopia and vision science between PolyU’s School of Optometry and Waterloo’s School of Optometry; and confirmed the collaboration between PolyU’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Waterloo’s Faculty of Science on world-class ocular and biomedical research to address vital population health and ageing imperatives. Prof. Donna Strickland is one of the key members in this research group. She will lead a flagship project to treat age-related macular degeneration. The Waterloo delegation representatives included Dean of Faculty of Science Prof. Bob Lemieux, Prof. Laura Lemieux, Prof. Ben Thompson, Dr. Stan Woo, Prof. Lyndon Jones, Mr. Dave Timms and Ms. Pamela Smyth. The meeting has deepened the existing academic and research partnership between PolyU and UWaterloo.

10 Oct, 2019

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