Since our beginnings in 1937, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has evolved alongside economic and social development in Hong Kong and the world. Among the eight institutions of higher education which are funded through the University Grants Committee (UGC), PolyU is one of the largest UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong. The University has six Faculties and two independent Schools, plus the College of Professional and Continuing Education. We offer a wide range of programmes in different disciplines and we are the sole provider of tertiary education (full-time UGC-funded bachelor's degree or sub-degree courses) in the territory in the following areas: design, engineering physics, environment and sustainable development, fashion and textiles, geomatics, international shipping and transport logistics, medical laboratory science, optometry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiography.
PolyU has established a sound approach to setting and maintaining academic standards. The establishment of the two-tier academic advising system, which provides complementary support for students, particularly during their transition to tertiary education and is positively regarded by students and staff. PolyU has also invested significantly in the development of a global network of institutions and professional organisations to promote collaboration and to enhance the global perspectives of students and staff.
PolyU is ranked among Asia top universities. In the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017, PolyU has risen five places to the 17th position. PolyU is also ranked the 6th in the QS Top 50 Under 50. Serving as one of the leading institutions in the city, PolyU is ready to strive to be one of the best global universities. Courses at PolyU also win international recognition. According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, two subjects offered by the University are ranked top 10 in the world, including hospitality & Leisure Management (3rd) and Engineering – Civil & Structural (10th).
The story of PolyU can be traced back to the founding of the Government Trade School in 1937. After World War II, the School became the Hong Kong Technical College in 1947. The Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established on 1 August 1972, taking over the campus and staff of the Hong Kong Technical College. The Institution launched its first five degree courses in 1983. With approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree courses, the Institution assumed full university status in 1994, changing its name to “The Hong Kong Polytechnic University”.