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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1937
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Hung Hom, Kowloon City District, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong
    • Phone:
    • +85227665111
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Hong Kong Polytechnic University

A public university located in Hung Hom, Hong Kong. The history of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) can be traced back to 1937, and it assumed full university status in 1994. It is one of the funded institutions of the territory's University Grants committee (UGC). PolyU has an international faculty and student community and has developed a global network with more than 440 institutions in 47 countries and regions. PolyU offers over 220 postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree programmes for more than 32,000 students every year. It is the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in terms of number of students.

Academic Highlights

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) consists of 8 facilities and schools, offering programmes covering applied science, business, construction, environment, engineering, social science, health, humanities, design, hotel and tourism management.

Life in Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union (HKPUSU) is a student-run organization that is autonomous from the University administration for promoting the interests and welfare of full-time undergraduates (excluding postgraduate and College of Professional and Continuing Education students).

School Ranking

  1. QS "Top 50 Under 50" list of world's top young universities (2016/17): 7th in the world, 3rd in Hong Kong[31]
  2. QS Asian University Rankings 2016/17: 6th in Asia, 5th in Hong Kong
  3. QS World University Rankings 2018: 95th in the world, 5th in Hong Kong
  4. Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2017: 192nd in the world
  5. Times Higher Education's 150 Under 50 World University Rankings 2016: 27th in the world
  6. Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2017: 17th in the Asia, 5th in Hong Kong


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has various opportunities for international students as well. Most of its courses are open to international students as well. The minimum SAT score required is 1650. The minimum ACT score requirement is 24. 

Notable Alumni

The notable alumni of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University include these people Leung Chun Ying (1974, Higher Diploma in Surveying) - Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and Chan Kam Lam (1971) - member (Kowloon East) of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong SAR.

Acceptance Rate

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is the largest publicly funded higher education institution in Hong Kong in terms of student population. The school’s admission process is extremely competitive with an acceptance rate of around 2 percent (146 out of 6290 applicants accepted in 2015)—one of the lowest acceptance rates of schools ranked in our survey.



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