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Project commissioned by HKSAR to study on Needs and Supports Required of Carers of Elderly Persons and of Persons with Disabilities in Hong Kong.

2020_Innovation and Technology Fund

Students have been winning the Innovation and Technology Fund since its establishment in 2011. 


RS has expanded the Assistive Technology Laboratory, EmW Psychosocial Laboratory and Basic Sciences Laboratory, and developed 5 new research areas.



The first time that BSc (Hons) PT programme ranked 1st for 3 years consecutively and BScOT (Hons) programme ranked 2nd in terms of A-level scores among ALL PolyU first degree programmes.


The 7th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation was held on 23-24 October successfully in PolyU. Beginning with the 8th PPCR, other countries and Hong Kong will take turn to organize the conference in order to epitomize the spirit of this regional conference.  A bidding session was held to decide which organization is most prepared to host the next PPCR.  After thorough consideration, the review committee made a tough decision that University of Santo Tomas will organize the 8th PPCR in 2012 in Manila.


The faculties provide teaching to Sichuan University for training physiotherapists and occupational therapists.



Prof Gabriel Ng, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, took up the headship for the Department in June 2011.

2011_1st MPT MOT1

RS admitted the first cohort of students for the 2-year Entry-Level Master in Physiotherapy (Hong Kong) and Master in Occupational Therapy (Hong Kong) programmes.


The 8th PPCR

The 8th PPCR achieved a new milestone for the PPCR series. For the first time, the conference took place not on the soil of China. More than 600 healthcare professionals and students from different countries attended the conference in November 2012 at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.


With the implementation of the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) in Hong Kong, RS admitted the first cohort of students for the 4-year BSc (Hons) PT and OT programmes to replace the 3-year curricula which had been run for 24 years.



The launching of the 1st Summer Overseas Exchange Scholarship Scheme (SOESS) with Prof. Hector Tsang as the Chairperson.


RS continued her effort in developing rehabilitation education in China by offering Master in Physical Therapy (China) and Master in Occupational Therapy (China) programmes in Sichuan under the auspices of the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction jointly run by PolyU and Sichuan University.

13Student Conference

RS celebrated her 35th Anniversary and organized Student Conference in Sports Science, Rehabilitation and Medicine 2013.


14New Guinness World Record

New Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Qigong Lesson’ was made by RS students of the BSc (Hons) in OT programme in the Construction Safety Week in 2014.

14Student-run Wellness Clinic

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student-run Wellness Clinic, managed by students of PolyU’s Faculty of Business and RS students of the BSc (Hons) PT programme was established to improve the health of elderly through interactive and enjoyable preventive healthcare programmes.


15Dr Polly Lau

Dr Polly Lau, RS alumnae and Cluster Manager (Physiotherapy) of the Kowloon Central Cluster and Departmental Manager (Physiotherapy) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital won the Outstanding PolyU Alumni Award.


1610th PPCR

The 10th PPCR was jointly held by Department of RS, College of Rehabilitation Medicine of Nanjing Medical University (NMU-CRM), and Pan Asia (Shanghai) Medical Science Institute Ltd (PAPMI) from 4 to 6 November 2016 in Shanghai, Chinese Mainland. The theme of this conference was ‘Chronic Diseases – From Prevention to Rehabilitation’.

16Dr Shirley Ngai

Dr Shirley Ngai, Assistant Professor (Physiotherapy) received a UGC Teaching Award in the category of Early Career Faculty Member. This is also the first UGC teaching award ever awarded to an RS staff.



Prof. Hector Tsang took up the headship of the Department in July 2017.

2017_Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund Endowed Fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences

Prof. Margaret Mak got the first “Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund Endowed Fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences”.


Prof. Cecilia Li won a Grand Award and Gold Medal at 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva for her project titled “Smart Scar-Care Pad”.


2018_HK Rehabilitation Programme Plan

A consultant team led by PolyU’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS) was commissioned by RAC to assist the formulation of the new HK Rehabilitation Programme Plan.

18Chief Executive

Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam met i-Create talented Occupational Therapy students.


RS celebrated her 40th Anniversary and organized 11th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation.



Prof. Hector Tsang was promoted to “Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences”.


Prof. David Shum was appointed as “the Yeung Tsang Wing yee and Tsang Wing Hing Endowed Professor in Neuropsychology”.


RS co-organized with University of Illinois at Chicago to hold the 6th MOHO Institute in Chicago.

20200703_NationalTeachingAward_Ceremony (6)

Awarded the Second Prize in the 2018 National Teaching Achievement Award (High Education) by the Ministry of Education.

2019_High-Flyer Mentorship Program

High-Flyer Mentorship Program aims to provide a platform for the top Year 1 students either in academic or sport to meet with the elite alumni from the physiotherapy and occupational therapy sectors.

2019_PolyUs Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees

Over half of Year 1 students have been awarded PolyU’s Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees in the Academic Year 2019-2020.


Dr Georg Kranz for winning “FESN Cortex Prize 2019”.

2019_MoU Signing with University of Wisconsin-Madison

MoU Signing with University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2019_MoU Signing Ceremony with HKU-SZ Hospital

MoU signed with HKU-SZ Hospital.



Launched the self-financed Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences (PgS RS) with specialization in manipulative physiotherapy, vocational rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation. One year later, the Sports Physiotherapy specialization was also proposed.


photo_his_2003_04 Dr Hector Tsang

Dr Hector Tsang received the 1st Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with an amount of US2.1 million entitled “Stigma and Behavioral Health in Urban Employers from China and USA” in collaboration with the University of Chicago and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

photo_his_2003_01 25th Anniversary

The Department celebrated its' 25th Anniversary. The Rehabilitation Clinic was moved to the present physical location in Core A.

photohis200303 Mrs Cynthia Tang

In memory of the late Mrs. Cynthia Tang, the Tang's family established the  Cynthia Tang Memorial Scholarship to support outstanding students from the mainland to study the Bachelor (Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy  in Hong Kong.


photohis200401 Dr and Mrs Lui Che Woo

Established the Dr. and Mrs. Lui Che Woo Tele-rehabilitation Centre supported by donation from Dr. and Mrs. Lui Chee Woo.

photo_his_2004_02 MPT

Launched the first Master in Physical Therapy (MPT) programme in the Mainland. This is an entry-level master degree programme offered in collaboration with Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.


photo_his_2005_01 Prof Chetwyn Chan

Prof Chetwyn Chan took up the headship of the Department in July 2005.


photo_his_2006_04 Dr Hector Tsang

Dr Hector Tsang received the Outstanding Professional Services and Innovation Award (Most Valued Project Award), PTeC, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

photo_his_2006_01Secured HK$12

Secured HK$12 million funding from UGC for establishing a "Joint Universities Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre" with the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

photohis200602 Obtained HK497

Obtained HK$4.97 million from PolyU Niche area research grant for support research in health promotion and training of Chinese astronauts. The project is in collaboration with Astronaut Research and Training Centre of China, Beijing.

photo_his_2006_03 Signed Memoranda of Understanding

Signed Memoranda of Understanding with five top-rank institutions in rehabilitation education forming a strategic research and education network in the mainland. They are China Rehabilitation Research Centre (Capital Medical University) in Beijing, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Kunming Medical College in Kunming, Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, Sun Yat-sen University and Guangdong Sports Hospital in Guangzhou.


photo_his_2007_01 Successfully launched

Successfully launched full-time master programmes. Eleven students from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the mainland were admitted to MSc in Occupational Therapy. Two overseas students from Taiwan and Qatari enrolled to MSc in Manipulative Therapy.

photo_his_2007_02 Established Serena

Established Serena Yang Lecture Series in Rehabilitation Series with the support of $2M donation from Ms Serena Yang. It sponsors world renowned scholars and practitioners in rehabilitation sciences to deliver lectures and workshops in Hong Kong."


photo_his_2008_01 Sichuan

Sichuan earthquake on 12 May 2008 shook all people over the world. Our department received donation by Hong Kong Red Cross for providing quality rehabilitation services to injured victims at Deyang Rehabilitation centre in Sichuan. We also provide clinical training to rehabilitation therapists in the mainland.

photo_his_2008_02 Our Sports research

Our Sports research team which includes Dr. Simon Yeung, Dr. Ella Yeung and Dr. Amy Fu contributed their expertise to develop a sports injury prevention and rehabilitation programme for national athletes.

Moreover, during the Beijing Olympic Games, a total of 15 volunteers, including seven graduates, six third-year students and 2 second-year students, were selected to provide physiotherapy service to the Olympians. In addition, four of our faculty members and students have also provided physiotherapy support at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Competition Centre, and many of our students have also worked as volunteers at equestrian events in Hong Kong.

photohis200806 30th year anniversary

The department celebrated its 30th year anniversary.


photohis200901 Dr  Mrs Lui Chewoo

Dr. & Mrs Lui Che-woo donated HK$4 million to our department, for setting up "Dr. & Mrs. Lui Che-woo Centre for the Knee". This benefaction supports the provision of innovative rehabilitation services for the elderly with knee problems in Hong Kong as well as national athletes in the Chinese mainland.

photohis200902 Dr Chan Sui Ka

Dr. Chan Sui Kau and his wife Madam Chan Lam Moon Chun donated HK$6 million to our department, for setting up "Chan Sui Kau Lam Moon Chun Centre for Sports Rehabilitation" in Guangzhou. The Centre is a service and training hub for extending the spirit of the Beijing Olympics and sustaining the competitiveness of top-notch athletes in the Mainland and Hong Kong.

photo_his_2009_03 Our department

Our department supported the East Asian Games by sending sports physiotherapists and physiotherapy students to the Games, to provide on-site physiotherapy services. The department coordinated a team comprising 44 experienced sport physiotherapists and 120 undergraduate physiotherapy students to provide on-field physiotherapy support for the games in badminton, tennis, hockey, volleyball and rugby sevens at the East Asian Games.

photo_his_2009_04 The department

The department coordinated a team comprising 44 experienced sport physiotherapists and 120 undergraduate physiotherapy students to provide on-field physiotherapy support for the games in badminton, tennis, hockey, volleyball and rugby sevens at the East Asian Games.

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Both OT and PT programmes were converted to the Bachelor of Science degree programmes (BSc programme).


Launched its first postgraduate diploma scheme (PgD scheme in Health Care) with special awards in Occupational therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Rehabilitation for people with developmental disabilities (RDD).



Prof. Christina Hui-Chan joined the Department as Head of Department. The Department admitted its first batch of MSc students for the OT, PT and RDD awards under the Postgraduate scheme in Health Care.



The Department admitted its first research degree student.



Both OT and PT programmes were validated into BSc (Hons) programmes. The Department hosted the First Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation.



Established the Center for East-meets-West in Rehabilitation Sciences under the PolyU's Area of Strategic Development (ASD) Scheme with an aim of enhancing western rehabilitation by merging it with traditional Chinese therapeutics.



The two programmes were upgraded from Higher Diploma to Professional Diploma.



The Hong Kong Polytechnic first offered Higher Diploma programmes in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy under the Institute of Medical and Health Care (IMHC), Hong Kong Polytechnic. Mrs Maria Liu and Mr Philip Chan were the PT and OT Programme Leaders respectively.

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