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 mission 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. 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 China 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
Services available to full-time students include medical consultations, emergency care, minor operative treatments, immunisation certification on health examinations, nursing care and subsidised primary dental care etc. The UHS Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic offers general Chinese medicine clinical consultations, acupuncture, bone-setting and one-stop-shop herbal medicine dispensing service to full-time students.
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 Activities and Services
Centre STARS is committed to offer a wide range of co-curricular activities that aim to enhance students’ whole person development and nurture all-rounded graduates. The following are some examples:
- Wellness-in-Action Programme
- Extra-Curricular Enrichment for Lifelong Learners (EXCELL) programme
- Global Student Ambassador Programme
- Student Advancement Training: Project STARS
- Inclusion awareness campaign
- Student integration and cultural exchange activities
- Athletic Sports Skill Training
- Student Athlete Development Programme
- External Activities and Competitions
Student Counselling is not just for problem-solving. It is meant for students who wish to look for personal growth and self-actualization; to understand oneself better and willing to make changes; and has concern over his/her mental health and psychological wellbeing.
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Services for Students with Special Needs
PolyU provides a wide range of services and facilities for students with disability/ special educational needs. Once admitted, students with disability/ special educational needs are advised to contact Centre STARS (2766 6800) or their academic departments to discuss their needs so that tailor-made services can be arranged.
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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". Rated No.1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, placed No.1 in the world in the "Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism" subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017 and ranked among the top 3 "Hospitality and Leisure Management" institutions globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 and 2018, 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 exhibition spaces to facilitate interdisciplinary research and education. 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, the Pao Yue-kong Library offers a dynamic learning environment with a multitude of resources and spaces for students in all disciplines at PolyU. With a collection exceeding 5 million items, students can access a wide variety of books, course readings, as well as journals, video and audio resources in both print and digital formats for university and self-learning. Modern technology-equipped learning spaces are offered for group learning and individual study. Students can also make use of the facilities at the Library’s i-Space, Multimedia Commons and Digital Studio to learn and create knowledge, and bring emerging technologies to their disciplinary work.
> Pao Yue-kong Library
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 2019. 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.
Campus Expansion at Ho Man Tin
The Section 16 Planning Application for the proposed campus expansion at Ho Man Tin Slope was approved by the Town Planning Board in March 2016. The project will accommodate more than 1,200 hostel places and over 10,000m2 net floor area of academic and teaching space. Subject to the approval of various government authorities, the project is targeted for completion in stages by end of 2024.
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, Block X Sports Centre 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-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.