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 new undergraduate curriculum, students are required to take 30 credits of 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:
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 our website to learn more about academic advising at PolyU (http://www.polyu.edu.hk/ous).
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:
Careers and Placement Services
The Office of Careers and Placement Services (CAPS) aims to provide career guidance and services for students to explore their career development, so as to nurture students to become "preferred graduates” for employment.
Students are encouraged to start their career exploration early and reflect on the work competencies that they will need to acquire or enhance to find their ideal jobs upon graduation.
Guidance and services for eligible students in all years of study include:
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 acupuncture. 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:
Student Development Programmes and Services
Our Student Affairs Office is committed to offering a wide range of co-curricular programmes covering desirable generic competencies that contribute to students’ all-round development and successful futures. The following are some of our core developmental programmes:
Students completing these programmes receive a Co-curricular Achievement Transcript as official recognition of their co-curricular development and achievement at PolyU.
In addition, experienced student advisors and professionally qualified counsellors are available at the Student Affairs Office to provide the following tailor-made guidance and support:
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.
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PolyU has a range of facilities aimed at making campus life convenient and pleasurable.
Hotel ICON – A hotel unlike any other
Wholly owned by PolyU and an extension of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), Hotel ICON is the world’s first teaching and research hotel of its kind fully integrating teaching, learning and research in a full service environment.
Located in a 28-storey complex that also houses the SHTM premises, university staff quarters, research and resource centres as well as faculty and administration offices, Hotel ICON is committed to providing interactive and dynamic learning environments and state-of-the-art educational facilities. SHTM students are privileged to use Hotel ICON’s many opportunities for teaching and learning as a launch pad for their dreams.
In 2012, the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE), the world’s largest organization of hospitality and tourism educators, bestowed its McCool Breakthrough Award on the SHTM recognising the School’s efforts with Hotel ICON. Earlier on, the SHTM and Hotel ICON Complex was awarded the Medal of the Year 2011 by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.
To find out more about the SHTM and Hotel ICON, 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 Tower provides approximately 12,000 m2 of net floor area for general teaching facilities including a lecture theatre and classrooms, studio, teaching and research laboratories, offices, a 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 Pritzker Price award-winning architect Zaha Hadid as her first permanent project in Hong Kong.
Our Pao Yue-kong Library is a six-storey building centrally located on campus. It houses one of the largest collections of scientific, engineering and business materials in East Asia.
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.
Student Hostel Phase 3
The Student Hostel Phase 3, located at Fat Kwong Street in Ho Man Tin, was completed in July 2012, with students moving in by stages starting from August 2012. The Hostel provides 1650 student hostel places with various supporting facilities including communal facilities, student restaurant and sky-gardens on upper floors.
Phase 8 Development
Phase 8 development was completed by stages since third quarter of 2012, with all classrooms and lecture theatres put into use since January 2013. The development provides approximately 25,600m2 of net floor area for general teaching and research facilities, staff offices, conference facilities, a cafeteria and communal space for the implementation of the new "3+3+4” academic system and other academic developments.
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.
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PolyU Student Halls offer abundant opportunities for students’ personal growth and all-round development through intensive social, cultural and intellectual interactions with hall-mates of different backgrounds under one roof.
The Halls are situated at two locations – Hunghom and Homantin. Both Halls are fully equipped with sports, entertainment and catering facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and provided with fridges and Internet connections. Toilet and shower facilities are shared between adjacent rooms or among rooms in the same cluster.