The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

3.9 out of 5 (28 ratings / 23 reviews) Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
PolyU is at the 7th place on the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds “Top 50 under 50” list which ranks the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years. The universities were ranked based on their academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, research citations and international student and faculty ratios.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



The story of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University can be traced back to the founding of the Government Trade School in 1937. Situated in Wood Road, Wanchai, the School was the first publicly funded, post-secondary technical institution in Hong Kong. Under Mr G. White, the then principal, it ran classes in marine wireless operating, mechanical engineering and building construction.


Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are part of the PolyU DNA. Our specially-designed courses include internships and service learning. Every day, our students are gaining the skills and experiences they need to respond, adapt and identify applications for their knowledge in the real world.


We work with university and industrial partners to develop strategic research projects across many disciplines. Our approach to research and development is grounded in solving real world challenges and creating innovative solutions.


Our graduates leave PolyU with skills and knowledge required in their chosen fields. This translates to high employment rates of over 95% of PolyU graduates are employed after studies. Employers value highly the skill set that PolyU students have.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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129 42
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
151 50
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
170 30
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Student services

The International Affairs Office (IAO)

IAO offers a variety of services to encourage the development of international relations and to assist students, academics, faculties and departments seeking quality international exchanges with their counterparts. They are responsible for the acceleration of internationalization of PolyU.

Housing services

Living in our Student Halls of Residence is a great way to support your studies whilst enjoying a vibrant social life. The halls are clean, safe, modern and comfortable. Each hall has its own atmosphere and culture. All rooms are fully furnished, air-conditioned, equipped with broadband Internet access and have shared bathroom facilities. Better still, our Student Halls are located close to the city centre, making it easy to get around with buses and trains on your doorstep.

Medical services

Your physical and emotional wellbeing are important to succeed in your studies.  Our ranges of student support services are there to support you.  PolyU puts great emphasis on developing first- year experience programme to help you to settle in well.  There is a campus clinic which provides primary healthcare to full-time students and there are PolyU’s experienced counsellors available on campus.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Our campus has everything you need to study hard, stay healthy and socialise. We have modern and high technology lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories. You will find comfortable, open spaces for both studying and socialising and dozens of facilities designed to help you to achieve your best.
  • The campus has convenience stores, banks, bookshop, affordable food outlets, recreation and study spaces, prayer rooms, sport facilities, exhibition venues, music practice rooms etc.

Sports facilities

PolyU’s sports facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, natural grass soccer pitch, squash and tennis courts, modern gym and golf practice area. There are many clubs devoted to sports, including athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, handball, karatedo, rugby, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and woodball.

Student clubs

There are dozens of clubs and groups on campus representing different cultural, entertainment, recreational and sporting interests. For example, there are Dancing Society, Drama Club, Excursion and Travel Affairs Association, Orchestra, Rugby Club, Rowing Club etc. 

Student Reviews

What they don't want you to know about PolyU
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

Studying at PolyU is hard as the professors aren't proficient in English. Studying experience is unsatisfactory as most classes were conducted through online teaching. When you're doing design, it is extremely difficult to grasp the concepts and skills taught. Another major issue is that it was hard to contact professors if we had any questions. I'd say the overall...

Online learning
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

During the pandemic, everything is as online as it can get. Tools used by the school is very useful.

PolyU is a great university. It's only weakness is it's student life.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The staff was very professional, friendly, and helpful. The courses were well organized and easy to follow. The only area PolyU lacks is its student life. Locals and internationals pair up in their own ethnic bubbles, and it can get lonely for those that don't fit in.

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