The University’s pursuit of academic excellence has been recognised in recently released world university rankings.


In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2021, PolyU was ranked in the top 100 globally in four disciplines – 29th in Business and Economics, 75th in Engineering and Technology, 79th in Computer Science, and 82nd in Social Sciences. The league table ranked more than 1,500 universities from around the world according to five indicators, including their teaching and learning environment as well as research volume and reputation.


PolyU was also listed in the THE World Reputation Rankings for the first time, placing in the 126th-150th range. This exercise ranks universities around the globe based on responses to the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey, which asks senior and published academics to name no more than 15 universities that they consider to be the best for research and teaching in their field.


Meanwhile, in the QS Asia University Rankings 2021, PolyU came 25th out of the top 500 universities in Asia. The rankings were based on 11 criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, and international research work.



Rankings by Subject

Times Higher Education (THE)

World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Best Global Universities 2021

by the U.S. News & World Report

Business and Economics    29thCivil Engineering    3rd
Engineering and Technology    75thEngineering    12th
Computer Science   79thMechanical Engineering    15th
Social Sciences    82nd 


Separately, in the 2021 edition of the Best Global Universities rankings released by the U.S. News & World Report, PolyU was ranked 20th in Asia. In terms of subject rankings, Civil Engineering led the way being ranked 3rd globally, followed by Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, which were placed 12th and 15th respectively. The Best Global Universities rankings are based on 13 indicators, including global and regional research reputation, the number of publications that are among the 10% most cited, and the normalised citation impact of publications.


PolyU will reference these rankings to identify areas for continuous improvement in order to further elevate its performance in education and research. Through the concerted efforts of members of the University, PolyU strives to make further advancements to remain competitive among leading academic institutions.