Work-integrated Education (WIE)
In accordance with the University's policies, all full-time UGC-funded undergraduates should fulfill the mandatory requirement of Work-integrated Education (WIE). WIE is a work-based, structured and measurable learning experience in an industrial context which is relevant to the students' areas of studies.
|Endorsement for WIE fulfillment BEFORE Internship
|Student to complete and return WIE Record Form
|Review of WIE Activities upon Completion of Internship
Student to submit a written WIE completion report* to the Department
*A written WIE completion report should contain information of internship employer, job description and experience gained during the placement.
|Department to determine whether the student has satisfactorily fulfill the WIE requirement
|WIE Approval by Department
|Centralised WIE Record System
|Department to input student's WIE records to centralised WIE Record System
|Printing of WIE Certificate as supplementary information to the Academic Transcript
- To provide opportunities for students to learn in both academic and workplace settings
- To expose students to actual working environment, thereby enhancing the employability of students
- To provide opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge to contribute to the industry and community
- To help students to develop a wide range of generic abilities in a working environment
A student is required to spend at least 2 weeks on WIE before graduation.
WIE activities should be "structured"and "measurable" -
"Structured" = the nature of the WIE activity should be well-defined beforehand. It might include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following intended learning outcomes:
- The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of workplace safety in an engineering environment.
- The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of environmental issues in an engineering environment.
- The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of professional ethics in an engineering environment.
- The student is able to acquire or apply engineering knowledge in an engineering environment.
"Measurable" = assessed to meet the WIE requirements and graded as Pass or Fail
WIE activity is not necessarily one in which the student is remunerated. For overseas and Mainland placements, a subsidy scheme will be introduced by the University in order to facilitate our students to take up such placements by covering some of the costs incurred.
Types of WIE Activities
- Summer placement for at least 2 full-week in a suitable organization
- Sandwich placement for at least 10 months in a suitable organization
- Placement within the IAESTE Programme
- Student works on final-year degree project which involves an industrial partner or external client
- The student need not be placed in the company but makes frequent visits to ensure that the project will meet the specifications required by the company/client.
- Relevant placement as student helpers in PolyU Industrial Centre
- Assisting PolyU activities that have an external collaboration or service components such as, Innovation and Technology Fund Projects, RAPRODs projects, IGARD projects, high-level consultancy projects, collaborative research projects
- Any student self-sourced placement in an external organization and deemed to be suitable by the Department in meeting the requirement of WIE
- Such jobs must be declared by the student in advance so that the Department can have an opportunity to assess its suitability.
Statutory Minimum Wage
The Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) has come into force since 1 May 2011.
Student internship does not necessarily involve employer-employee relationship and the Minimum Wage Orddinance (MWO), being aligned with the Employment Ordinance (EO), does not apply if there is no contract of employment between a student intern and the host organisation.
In other words, Statutory Minimum Wage does not apply to the following student employees:
- Student Interns
- Work Experience Students during a period of exempt student employment
The Labour Department has, in April, published the "Statutory Minimum Wage: Notes for Student Employees and Employers" which provided details of the exemption arrangement for student interns and work experience students under the Minimum Wage Ordinance:
Dr. HM Yao
WIE Coordinator - BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering / Double Degree
Tel: 2766 7817
Dr RCK Leung
WIE Coordinator - BEng (Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design
Tel: 2766 6645