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PolyU PhD Info Week 2023: Embark, Explore, Elevate and Engage

7 Nov 2023

Professor Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation), showcased PolyU’s cutting-edge research infrastructures and academic excellence.

Dean Jiannong Cao’s introduction to PolyU’s research postgraduate studies and available student support and opportunities.

Associate Dean Louise Cummings’s on-campus session highlighted a multitude of benefits and opportunities for pursuing research studies at PolyU.

HKPFS awardees at PolyU shared their first-hand tips and PhD student lives with applicants.

Acing the application for research studies requires thorough preparation. The Graduate School organised the PolyU PhD Info Week from 17 to 20 October 2023, gathering over 2,000 brilliant minds across the globe to navigate research studies. The event is specially designed with a progressing theme to equip prospective research study applicants with a deep understanding of research postgraduate education at PolyU.


Day One: Embark — PhD Info Session

The week-long event began with a captivating PhD info session. Professor Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation), showcased PolyU’s cutting-edge research infrastructures and its commitment to niche and interdisciplinary academic excellence in his opening remarks. Dean Jiannong Cao introduced PolyU’s holistic research studies, and its unique research support and opportunities available. Associate Dean Louise Cummings further explained the admission procedures. During the Q&A session, participants were offered practical guidance to set on the path of research and innovation.


Day Two: Explore — Discipline-specific Admission Talks

This engaging online session featured nine faculties and schools, categorised into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and non-STEM streams. Participants had the opportunity to consult academic representatives directly, seeking guidance on research and admission enquiries specific to their chosen disciplines. They also connected with potential supervisors to initiate the preparation of their research proposals early.


Day Three: Elevate — Navigating PhD at PolyU

An exclusive on-campus info session was arranged for current PolyU students, including participants of the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme (URIS). This ignites their interest in a seamless transition into research studies at PolyU. Professor Louise Cummings encouraged students to advance scholarly achievements and careers through research studies at PolyU.

The session highlighted the extensive research and learning support, catering to academic, entrepreneurial, or industry-focused development. Participants received a comprehensive guidebook for research studies in the academic year 2024/25 to aid their understanding and the application process.


Day Four: Engage — Ace the HKPFS

As session hosts, Dean Jiannong Cao and Professor Louise Cummings shared important tips and strategies with applicants of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) to maximise their chances of securing this prestigious scholarship.

Participants also learnt from outstanding HKPFS awardees from India, the Middle East and Africa for first-hand application tips and insightful PhD student lives at PolyU. These awardees inspired participants to realise their research aspirations and exert societal impacts.

Applying for the HKPFS through PolyU offers significant financial coverage, including a stipend of up to HK$1.32 million, a conference grant of up to HK$55,200, a cash award of up to HK$100,000, and a tuition fee waiver for the entire normal study period, alongside a guaranteed hall place for two years.

The four-day PhD Info Week empowered applicants to pursue their research studies at PolyU. If you are ready to commence your exciting research study, start exploring research programmes and identifying potential supervisors today!


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