Sustainability Report 2014/15
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About PolyU

In almost eight decades since 1937, PolyU has evolved from the Government Trade School in Wanchai through the post-World War II Hong Kong Technical College into a thriving government-funded tertiary institution in 1994. Since then, PolyU has made great progress in institutional advancement and human resources development. Besides contributing knowledge and technology to the social cause of sustainability, it has also nurtured young talents in service to society by transforming teaching and learning.

Our 9.46-hectare Main Campus is located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. From 1937 to 2015, more than 364,000 students graduated from PolyU, with 5,345 from our full-time programmes in 2014. As of end-2014/15, PolyU had a total of 31,864 students in both full-time and part-time academic programmes leading to PolyU awards. In the past five years, steady growth of the full-time student population was accompanied by a gradual decrease in that of part-time students. PolyU has a relatively stable body of full-time permanent staff from 2010/11 to 2014/15, with 3,534 full-time permanent staff employed as of 31 October 2014.

PolyU has 26 academic units under six faculties, namely Applied Science & Textiles, Business, Construction & Environment, Engineering, Health & Social Sciences, Humanities, and two schools (School of Design and School of Hotel and Tourism Management) and two centres. The university offers a variety of taught and research programmes at Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s degrees and Higher Diploma levels, with 185 taught programmes offered in 2014/15. During 2014/15, PolyU remained at the forefront of research and innovation with over 2,800 on-going research projects, obtaining a boost in annual secured institutional and external funding from around HK$1,381.1 million in 2013/14 to HK$1,832.2 million.

University Profile 2010/11 – 2014/15

2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Staff Headcounts
Academic Departments 2,018 1,974 2,020 2,030 2,007
Non-academic Departments 1,475 1,460 1,538 1,522 1,527
Total 3,493 3,434 3,558 3,552 3,534
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Headcounts of Students Leading to PolyU AwardsNote 1
Full time 17,664 17,869 21,265 21,936 22,026
Part time 12,780 12,211 11,275 10,318 9,838
Sub-total 30,444 30,080 32,540 32,254 31,864
Headcounts of Students Leading to CPCE AwardsNote 2
Full time 8,503 9,802 10,399 9,800 9,553
Part time 808 843 750 543 489
Sub-total 9,311 10,645 11,149 10,343 10,042
Total 39,755 40,725 43,689 42,597 41,906
  • Note 1
  • Academic programmes leading to PolyU Awards including Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Philosophy, Professional Doctorate, Taught Master’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Higher Diploma and other Sub-degree.
  • Note 2
  • PolyU has established the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) to oversee the operation of two self-financed education units, namely Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) and School of Professional Education and Executive Development (SPEED).

Research Projects by Disciplines (by Faculties/Schools)

Applied Science & Textiles 653
Business 336
Construction & Environment 568
Engineering 631
Health & Social Sciences 319
Humanities 154
Design 68
Hotel & Tourism Management 114

The University supports quality learning, teaching and research for an expanding student population by providing world-class resources and facilities, including a library, computing facilities, independent language learning centres, classrooms, lecture theatres, workshops and laboratories. Apart from effective educational and research support, PolyU also prioritizes the wellbeing and health of our students and staff by offering catering, health services, an environmentally-friendly campus, leisure and sports facilities and welfare support.

PolyU shares its values and knowledge in sustainable development with other universities, research institutes, and professional bodies through its active role in educational and professional networks around the world.

Participation in Education and Professional Networks

As Co-founder

As Member