The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Academic Advising at PolyU
The 4-year undergraduate curriculum prepares students for success in their chosen professions and nurtures them to be all-rounded global citizens. Under the 4-year undergraduate curriculum, students are required to take the 30-credit General University Requirements (GUR), which strengthen their holistic development. To empower students to fulfil the academic requirements, there are two systems of academic advising at PolyU:
- In the Faculty/department: Academic Advisors in the Faculty/department advise students on Major/Minor study and Free Elective selection
- At the Office of General University Requirements (OGUR): OGUR Academic Counsellors advise students primarily on GUR study
Students will be assigned to both a Faculty/Department Academic Advisor and an OGUR Academic Counsellor after admission. The Advisors/Counsellors will see their advisees periodically. Please visit OGUR website to learn more about academic advising at PolyU (http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ogur/).
Academic Support Services
Sophisticated learning resources and tailor-made activities help students to further develop their all-roundedness, achieve academic excellence and gain professional competencies. These include:
- Chinese language training
- English language training
- General education
- Industrial practical experience
Careers and Placement Services
The work of the Office of Careers and Placement Services (CAPS) is to support the University’s goal of producing “preferred graduates” for Hong Kong and beyond. Since its inception in 2012, CAPS have been striving to contribute to this goal by providing a link between employers and students to facilitate students’ career planning and optimise their career development. We offer comprehensive career guidance, resources and services to PolyU students, including the followings:
- Career development and training programmes to help students identify career interests, prepare for real-life working environments, and hone their job searching skills.
- Personal and small group career advising and guidance to optimise students’ career development.
- Local, mainland Chinese and international Work-Integrated Education (WIE) opportunities for students’ fulfilment of WIE requirements.
- Recruitment talks, career fairs, networking events and career related activities which provide opportunities for students to meet and network with, and to solicit jobs from prospective employers.
- PolyU Job Board and Joint Institutions Job Information System (JIJIS) which are job searching platforms for part-time/graduate jobs and internship opportunities for PolyU students.
To find out more about CAPS' service, please go to www.polyu.edu.hk/caps.
Health Care Services
Student health is our concern. We offer health services that include clinical consultations on western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, counselling, medication, laboratory, digital radiography, first aid, minor operative procedures, immunisation, physical check-ups and TCM procedures. Our one-stop shop approach includes a subsidised primary dental service, physiotherapy and optometry services. We also organise various health promotion and education programmes.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Scholarships and prizes are available. Applicants who have attained outstanding public examination results or have non-academic achievements at the international level will have the chance to be awarded entry scholarships upon admission.
Moreover, eligible students can apply for financial assistance administrated by the Government of the HKSAR and PolyU.
For details, please visit our webpages:
- Entry Scholarships for Outstanding Admittees (will be announced later)
- Financial Assistance
Student Development Programmes and Services
Centre STARS is committed to offering a wide range of co-curricular programmes that include desirable generic competencies that will contribute to students’ holistic development and success for the future. The following are some of our core developmental programmes:
- Learning Enhancement Programme
- Mental Health Caring Programme
- Wellness-in-Action Programme
- Peer Mentoring Programme
- Global Student Ambassador Programme
- Entrepreneurship Development Programme
- Student Advancement Training: Project STARS
- On Campus Mentoring Scheme
- Athletic Sports Skill Training
- Student Athlete Development Programme
- External Activities and Competitions
Students completing these programmes will be recognised in Co-curricular Achievement Transcript as official recognition of their co-curricular development and achievement at PolyU.
In addition, experienced Student Advising Staff, and professionally-qualified Counsellors are available at Centre STARS to provide the following tailor-made guidance and support:
- Orientation Programme for New Students
- Student Counselling Service
- Services for Students with Special Needs
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students' Union (HKPUSU) carries the spirit of democracy and fair judgement into representing full-time undergraduate students. Although independent of PolyU, the HKPUSU participates in the running of the University, with student representatives on various committees.
The HKPUSU organises sports, recreational, academic, social and cultural functions, with orientation week and aquatic and athletic meets amongst the highlights. It also provides photocopying and stationery in the Co-operation Shop. Students can join by subscription and the payment of an annual membership fee.
> The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students' Union
PolyU has a range of facilities aimed at making campus life convenient and pleasurable.
- Catering outlets
- Communal facilities
- IT facilities
- Student lockers
- Bank, bookshop and convenience store
World-class School of Hotel and Tourism Management
For close to 40 years, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) lives by and fulfils its motto of “Leading Hospitality and Tourism”. Ranked among the top 3 “Hospitality & Leisure Management” institutions in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the School is a symbol of excellence in the field and is best placed to develop outstanding programmes in nurturing students to be future leaders.
The School's dedicated premises houses innovative and cutting-edge facilities. Hotel ICON, wholly owned by PolyU and an extension of the SHTM, is the world's first fully integrated teaching and research hotel. Vinoteca Lab serves as a valuable facility to enhance food and beverage education, and prepare students for the demands of Hong Kong's new wine hub status. Bistro 1979, a student-run, multi-function restaurant unit, provides a "real-world" setting for students to learn, experiment, experience and build on the skill-sets required in the food and beverage industry. Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre is a comprehensive repository of a wide range of reference and teaching materials in hotel and tourism management, designed to support the research, teaching and learning functions of the SHTM. Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology, equipped with advanced computing facilities and specialised software for the hospitality and tourism industry, is a purpose-built unit for students to learn and practise the latest technology programmes and devices used in the industry.
Benefiting from the many opportunities offered to them during their study including the International Student Exchange Programme and the Work-Integrated Education Programme, students of the SHTM are recognised throughout the world for the calibre of their learning.
To find out more about the SHTM, please click here.
Jockey Club Innovation Tower
The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is located on the north-eastern side of the campus and is the home of PolyU's renowned School of Design, one of the top design schools in the world. The Innovation Tower provides approximately 15,000m2 of net floor area for general teaching facilities including a lecture theatre and classrooms, studio, teaching and research laboratories, offices, Material Resource Centre and an exhibition and design gallery to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education in the field of design. The stunning architecture is designed by late legendary architect Zaha Hadid as her only permanent project in Hong Kong.
The Jockey Club Auditorium and Chiang Chen Studio Theatre are the cultural hubs for our students and staff. We organise a wide variety of programmes each year, including dance, theatre, visual arts, film and video, orchestral music, literary arts, talks, workshops, the Artist-in-Residence programme and many others.
> The Culture Promotion and Events Office
As the learning hub of the University and a dynamic scholarly gateway, the Pao Yue-kong Library strives to facilitate and inspire students and faculty to acquire, create and share knowledge and to excel through education and scholarship.
The Library provides an array of facilities and services for students and researchers. Apart from using the Library collections, students can read e-books and e-journals, watch video-on-demand programmes, listen to audio books online; make use of group discussion and study space, create video using our computers with available software and facilities in the Studio in the Multimedia Commons etc.
Help is always handy - students can WhatsApp us, contact us by phone, email or meet librarians in-person to obtain information for conducting research or while working on projects.
Students can also join reading programmes, attend workshops, book talks and seminars to add colour to their university lives.
> Pao Yue-kong Library
Redevelopment of Block X
The redevelopment of Block X comprises a low rise and sustainable building with uses including workshops and offices for Aviation Services Research Centre, a 25m long all weather indoor swimming pool, a 5-a-side indoor football pitch, an indoor gymnasium and student communal facilities. It also provides landscaped recreational space and serves as a circulation hub for the Main Campus. The project has just been completed in the summer of 2017.
Footbridge Linking Block Z and Main Campus
An iconic footbridge linking the Main Campus and podium level of Block Z is being constructed and scheduled for completion in early 2018. Upon completion, the footbridge will not only improve the pedestrian connectivity between the Main Campus and the Block Z, it will also serve as a test bed for academic research activities and part of the cycle route in the long term campus master plan.
To promote healthy and active lifestyles, the campus features a variety of sports facilities, including the Shaw Sports Complex, Fong Shu Chuen Hall, the Kwong On Jubilee Sports Centre, the Keith Legg Soccer Pitch and the Michael Clinton Swimming Pool. Also available is an off-campus sports centre – the Joint Sports Centre at Kowloon Tong.
Click here for more information.
PolyU student halls offer abundant opportunities for students’ personal growth and all-around development through immersive social, cultural and intellectual interactions with hall-mates from all different backgrounds under one roof.
The halls are situated at two locations – Hunghom and Homantin. Both halls are fully equipped with sports, leisure and catering facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and include refrigerators and Internet access. Toilet and shower facilities are shared between adjacent rooms or among rooms in the same suite.