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.


PolyU offers 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.


The range of services includes advice and guidance on job hunting as well as career choice and development. Professional Development Training Workshops provide updated information and knowledge. Mock interview and career coaching cover job application and interview techniques.

University Ranking

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Student services

  • Offices of the President
  • Academic Secretariat
  • Alumni Affairs and Development Office
  • Campus Development Office
  • Campus Sustainability Office
  • Centre STARS (Student Advancement and Resources) 
    - Office of Careers and Placement Services 
    - Office of Counselling and Wellness 
    - Office of Student Development 
    - Office of Student Resources and Residential Life
  • Chinese Mainland Affairs Office
  • Communications and Public Affairs Office
  • Council and Court Secretariat
  • Culture Promotion and Events Office 

Library services

In 2014, there are over 2.77 million of library holdings in total, with nearly 600,000 electronic resources. The six-storey library provides 3,900 study spaces and is equipped with a 24-hour study centre and audio-visual information areas. It opens from 8:30am to 11pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 12:00nn to 10pm on Sundays.

Medical services

We provide

  • Primary medical care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Emergency service
  • Investigation & treatment services
  • Counseling service
  • Health checkup
  • Travel health clinic
  • Vaccination service
  • Women's health clinic

Student Life

Campus life

The University campus is strategically located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on a 9.46-hectare site adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel. In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other academic facilities, the campus offers sport, recreational facilities and other facilities including multi-purpose auditorium, Industrial Centre and language learning centres.

Student clubs

  • Arts Society
  • Chinese Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Christian Band
  • Christian Choir
  • Dance Society
  • Drama Club
  • Magic Society
  • Music Society
  • Orchestra
  • The PolyArts


In 1972 The Hong Kong Polytechnic was formally established. Its mandate  was to provide professionally oriented education to meet the need for qualified staff. It gained approval from the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee for self-accreditation of degree programmes on 25 November 1994, assuming full university status and changing its name to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.