Academic Collaboration

In this globalization era, PolyU is weaving a growing and effective network in the world which further facilitates its education and research development, as well as enhances its academic and cultural exchanges. The University has done a significant amount of work on internationalization, and has strengthened its establishments on the Chinese mainland.

The number of collaborative projects mounts over 1,100, ranging from student exchange to staff training, joint research, academic programme collaboration, conferences, consultancy projects and student placement.

Details are available from the Chinese Mainland Affairs Office and International Affairs Office websites.

PolyU has been dedicated to creating a global environment conducive to the development of increasingly diverse student and faculty communities. To enhance the University’s internationalization efforts, a high-level International Advisory Board, with prominent leaders from academia, professional communities and the business sector as Board Members, was set up in 2010. The Board provides international perspectives to the discussion of strategic priorities and development imperatives at PolyU.

For more information, please visit the website of our International Advisory Board.

International Strategic Technology Alliance (ISTA)

ISTA is an alliance integrating the expertise of 27 institution members from the Chinese mainland, the UK and the US to promote applied research and consultancy services on an international scale that benefit both the institutions and the society at large.

With a view to synergizing the research capabilities of top tertiary institutes in China and the world, ISTA provides the industry sector with diversified and competitive technology, product and technological consultancy services. This will facilitate the development of various industries, while at the same time, promote their partnership with ISTA members.

Network in the Chinese mainland

Over the years, PolyU has successfully formulated a strong network across the country, including six establishments in Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Sichuan, Beijing and Shanghai, through which 23 award-bearing programmes in collaboration with mainland universities and organizations are offered. From 1997 to 2013, about 7,200 students have graduated from PolyU's programmes offered on the mainland.

With the opening of the PolyU Base on Commercialization, Training and Research in Shenzhen in 2011, the University is well set to launch its services in support of the development of the Pearl River Delta region, pursuant to the national strategy in developing the region.

On the research front, PolyU has run some 900 projects with its mainland partners. In addition, the University invites eminent mainland scholars to visit and give lectures at PolyU every year through the "Distinguished Chinese Visiting Scholars Scheme", strengthening its close relationships with renowned researchers and scholars.

For more information, please visit the website of our Chinese Mainland Affairs Office.

Student Exchange Programmes

PolyU full-time students will have the opportunity to take part in the Student Exchange Programme, both to experience a different culture and to enhance their language ability.

PolyU has student exchange agreements with over 260 renowned universities in the Chinese mainland and about 38 countries and regions, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

PolyU offers financial assistance to needy students which can cover up to 50% of the travel, accommodation and subsistence costs so that every student who wants to study one term or even an academic year at a non-local university has the opportunity to do so.

Latest information about the exchange programmes is available from the website of:

PolyU builds strong university network with exchange partner and forms academic alliance to enhance academic collaboration

University partnership can bring together the strengths of both tertiary institutions in research, technology development and application, and last but not least, education in nurturing future generations. PolyU, being one of the leading tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, is proud to make a global impact through expanding the network of quality exchange partners, university partnerships and academic collaborations.
Fostering academic collaboration on the Chinese mainland
PolyU has an expanding university network on the mainland. We believe that university partnership with renowned mainland universities facilitates our education and research development, as well as enhances our academic and cultural exchanges.
Reaching out for global presence and impact
PolyU is keen on collaborating with overseas institutions spanning countries over the world. We establish joint programme, organize university partnership activity and form academic alliance, contributing to its increasingly diverse student and faculty communities.
International Strategic Technology Alliance (ISTA)
Founded in 1995, ISTA is a platform among 27 renowned tertiary institutions in China and the world for applied technology development, academic collaboration and university partnership, fostering applied R&D, technology transfer and commercialization of technologies and products. PolyU is one of its founding institutional members.
International Advisory Board (IAB) meeting
PolyU set up a high-level International Advisory Board in 2010. The annual meeting in 2015 gathered international advisors for their insights from global perspectives and engaged staff and students in fruitful exchanges on the related education and research initiatives, gathering global wisdom for the development of academic collaboration.
Alliance of Sino-Russian Technical Universities (ASRTU)
PolyU has embarked on a new page of collaboration with Russian universities through joining this academic alliance.