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Preface by the President

Three decades of Chinese network

Mainland academic programmes

PolyU Outposts

Partnership with academia and industry

Opportunities in the Pearl River Delta

Research for future of China

Nurturing the next generation

Serving the Chinese communities




Preface by the President

The Hong Kong Polytechnic

University has long valued

its collaboration with universities

and organisations on the Chinese

mainland. Through years of

continuous efforts, the University

has already established a farreaching

development network on the

mainland including outpost centres

in Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Xi’an.

In collaboration with top institutions,

we have organised a total of 18

PolyU award-bearing programmes

on the mainland. In addition,

Chengdu’s “Institute on Disaster

Management and Reconstruction”,

jointly established with the Sichuan

University after the 2008 Wenchuan

earthquake, has become an important

base for PolyU in the southwest

of China. In the north, a PolyU

liaison office has been set up in

Peking University to strengthen

our connection with the capital’s


More than a decade ago, PolyU

founded the International Strategic

Technology Alliance (ISTA) with 14

renowned Chinese tertiary education

institutions. ISTA has now become a

technology network that comprises

over 20 distinguished universities

from the mainland and overseas. In

addition to that, through PolyU’s

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“Distinguished Chinese Visiting

Scholars Scheme”, a number of

eminent academics of international

repute from the mainland are invited

to visit and lecture at the University

each year. More than 90 scholars, most

of whom are notable academicians of

the Chinese Academy of Engineering

or the Chinese Academy of Sciences,

have been invited through the scheme

throughout the years. PolyU has

also established a strong network

with mainland enterprises, building

upon the “Bauhinia Cup Outstanding

Entrepreneur Awards” launched in

1997. Through years of hard work,

PolyU has cultivated valuable longterm

friendships with various eminent

mainland entrepreneurs.

In short, all the above-mentioned

major activities, backed up by the

outpost centres and an increasing

number of mainland graduates and

partners, have created an influential

mainland network for PolyU in the

past three decades since the opening

up of the country. This network is

extremely instrumental in PolyU’s

further development on the Chinese


ThePolyU in China” brochure

outlines the development profile of

PolyU on the mainland, with the aim

of facilitating a better understanding

of PolyU. Taking this opportunity, I

would like to express my gratitude

to our mainland partner institutions

as well as various governmental

bodies. Without their support, PolyU

could not have achieved its vision of

progressing together with our country

in the past decades.

President of PolyU

Timothy W. Tong, Ph.D.


Three decades of Chinese network

During the historical visit, Polytechnic

Director Keith Legg exchanges a

souvenir with the President of the

Xi’an Jiaotong University.

In 1978, the Hong Kong Polytechnic is the first tertiary institute of Hong Kong invited to visit a

renowned university in China.

The 21st Century has been often

referred the century for Asia: it

is a time when the economic growth

in China tops the world, and China

will undoubtedly take an important

position in the international arena.

Ever since China became member

of the World Trade Organization,

its acceleration in opening up and

economic development have been

evident – the country is now the

world’s third largest economy. Hong

Kong is also becoming more and more

integrated into the Chinese economy,

and its scope of collaboration with the

mainland has become more and more


Since Hong Kong returned to the

sovereignty of China, PolyU has

maintained its distinctive position as

a local university without forgetting

its role as a member of the national

tertiary education sector. In fact,

PolyU has cooperated seamlessly

with many tertiary institutions of the

mainland, thanks to the University’s

early and deepened involvement with

Chinese institutes and organizations

through high level connection when

the State implemented its Open Door

policy 30 years ago.

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President Prof. Tong visited the Ministry of Education and met with the Minister Zhou Ji in 2009

A Chapter of History

In September 1978, the Hong Kong

Polytechnic (HKP, PolyU’s previous

name) officially commenced exchange

with mainland institutes. Invited by

the Xi’an Jiaotong University, the

Polytechnic organized a 12-member

delegation led by Director Keith

Legg to visit the Chinese mainland.

The visit was a historic milestone, as

the Polytechnic was the first Hong

Kong tertiary institute to establish

a connection with its mainland

counterparts. During the visit, the

delegation visited six renowned

universities in Beijing, Shanghai and

Guangzhou. Next year Xi’an Jiaotong

University made a reciprocal visit to

the Polytechnic, which did not only

strengthen the communication and

liaison of the two institutions, but also

paved way for successive exchanges

between the Polytechnic and other

educational organizations of the


When Hong Kong was soon to be

returned to the Chinese sovereignty,

the exchanges between HKP and

Chinese institutes also became

frequent. At the end of 1991, HKP

reached official exchange agreements

with 11 Chinese institutions, including

the world-renowned Tsinghua

University. In 1992, HKP’s delegation

visited the mainland and Taiwan,

establishing relationship with eminent

universities and research institutions.

The conference “The present and

future of academic exchange in

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan” was

also held at HKP in the same year.

In 1994, PolyU began its annual

“Distinguished Chinese Visiting

Scholars Scheme”, inviting eminent

academics of international repute from

the mainland to visit and lecture in

Hong Kong. In 1995, PolyU founded

the International Strategic Technology

Alliance with 14 top Chinese tertiary

institutions with the support from the

then State Education Commission

(now Ministry of Education), to

promote technology transfer. In

1997, PolyU and Zhejiang University

jointly established the University’s

first outpost (offshore teaching centre)

in the mainland. PolyU became

the pioneer for Hong Kong tertiary

institution to run programmes on

the mainland. In the same year,

PolyU launched the “Bauhinia Cup

Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards”

to honour distinguished private

entrepreneurs in the mainland. In

1998, the University recruited the


Prof. Tong begins a 7-day visit to Beijing soon after he becomes PolyU President in Jan 2009. During the visit, he exchanges views with a number of universities and

government bodies, aiming to promote the strategic partnership between PolyU and its mainland counterparts. Prof. Tong also attends the alumni dinner and meets

with 200 alumnae from Beijing and Tianjin, many of whom are mainland government officials and business leaders.

first batch of scholarship students

from the mainland for undergraduate

studies. In 2000, the “Hong Kong

Young Industrialist Council Executive

Training Centre” under PolyU’s

Shenzhen Research Institute was

established. In 2002, in collaboration

with Xi’an Jiaotong University, “Xi’an

Tongli International College” was

founded to support the State’s western

development. In 2005, “Huazhong

University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic

University Institute of Manufacturing

Excellence” was founded in Wuhan.

In 2008, Chengdu’s “Sichuan Post-

Disaster Reconstruction Support and

Research Centre” jointly established

with the Sichuan University after

the Wenchuan earthquake, has

become PolyU’s important base in

the southwest of China. In the north,

PolyU is going to establish a mainland

liaison office in the campus of Peking

University to strengthen its connection

with the capital’s institutions.

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Over the past decade, PolyU has been

continuously promoting cooperation

with universities and organizations on

the mainland. Curently the University

has about 600 exchange projects in

collaboration with approximately 240

mainland institutes. The cooperation

falls into the scopes of research and

development, exchange students,

recruitment of mainland students,

summer internship, joint supervison of

PhD students, joint offer of academic

programmes, exchange visits,

joint conferences, collaboration in

curriculum development, etc. Through

years of dedicated efforts, PolyU has

created an influential network with

a wide coverage in the vast land of

China, which is extremely useful for

the University’s further development

in the Chinese mainland.

Chinese Mainland Affairs Office

With the rapid development of the

University’s mainland affairs, PolyU

re-structured the “Outpost Centre”

into the “Chinese Mainland Affairs

Office” (CMAO) in May 2008, which

now acts as the bridge for academic

collaboration and cultural exchange

amongst PolyU and organizations in

the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and

Macau. The CMAO is a designated

executive arm of PolyU in forging

close collaboration between PolyU

and the three regions. Its scope of

service covers outpost management

and programme administration,

student exchange programmes,

exchange visits of scholars, as well as

recruitment of mainland students to

study undergraduate and postgraduate

programmes at PolyU.


Mainland Academic Programmes

State-approved programmes

Doctor in Management

Executive Master of Business Administration

MSc in Quality Management

MSc in Hotel and Tourism Management

MSc in International Real Estate

BSc in Nursing


MSc in Information Systems

BA in Hotel and Catering Management

MA in Fashion and Textiles (Fashion Merchandizing)

Integrated Graduate Development Scheme

Master in Physical Therapy

Master of Social Work (China)

Master of Professional Accounting

MSc in Project Management

MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics

MSc in Software Technology

MA Social Service Administration (China)

Partner Chinese universities

Renmin University of China

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University

Xi’an Jiaotong University

Xi’an Jiaotong University

Xi’an Jiaotong University

Xi’an Polytechnic University

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Peking University

Renmin University of China

Chongqing University

Nankai University

Chinese Academy of Sciences

East China University of Science and Technology




















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Amongst the numerous tertiary

institutes in Hong Kong, The

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

has been at the forefront of offering

academic award programmes on the

mainland. Through over 10 years of

dedication, PolyU has established its

position as an university providing

lifelong learning opportunities for

mainland business people. PolyU

awards do not only address the

economic development needs arising

from globalization, they are also

approved by the country and are

internationally recognized. In total

18 programmes at the Bachelor’s,

Master’s and Doctoral levels have

been approved by the Ministry of

Education. The number is the top of

other universities in Hong Kong and

overseas. Most of the programmes

have been re-assessed and approved

with high scores by the Ministry of

Education in 2007. The 5 programmes

run by PolyU and Zhejiang

University, and the 3 programmes

jointly operated by PolyU and Xi’an

Jiaotong University have been

approved to be operated up to 2017.


Cumulative Graduates no. from Mainland Programmes since 2000






Cumulative no. of graduates

Yearly no. of graduates





No. of




















542 539




116 208

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010



PolyU Outposts

PolyU had a vision to provide the

highly sought after professionals

especially for the development in

the central and western parts of the

country. It therefore became the first

mover, among all Hong Kong sister

institutions, to the mainland education

market over ten years ago. Our

prestigious partners include Zhejiang

University, Xi’an Jiaotong University,

Peking University, Renmin University

of China, Chongqing University,

Nankai University and Chinese

Academy of Sciences. In recent

years, with the progress of mainland

affairs, PolyU has established

Institute on Disaster Management and

Reconstruction service with Sichuan

University and another activity centre

has been set up in Beijing as well.

Through years of constant efforts,

PolyU has now set up centres in the

eastern, western, central, southern and

northern parts of China, forming a

vast development network of strategic












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Hangzhou Outpost

As the first outpost of PolyU

established in the mainland, the

Hangzhou centre has an objective

to be a “first class training base for

elites of enterprises”. The Hangzhou

outpost was co-founded with Zhejiang

University in 1997. To cope with

the challenges brought about by

China's strategic development in the

globalizing economy, the Centre has

organised a range of programmes at

Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s

levels, as well as short-term training

courses and tailor-made corporate

training. All these programmes

have featured the academic strength

and resources of both Universities,

and characterized by international

and local education elements. The

programmes nurture highly sought

after talents for senior management

and professional positions on the


The Centre offers 4 master’s programmes

in Executive Management, Quality

Management, Hotel and Tourism

Management, and International Real

Estate. These master's programmes

and short-term programmes are well

received by the industry. The Centre has

provided training for internationally

renowned companies, the Zhejiang

municipal government, and senior

management of the Hong Kong S.A.R.


The Centre has a rich pool of academic

resources, with all its professors

coming from Zhejiang University,

PolyU, and other renowned institutes

from around the world. The modern

classrooms located in the Xixi

campus of the Zhejiang University are

equipped with advanced multimedia

teaching and computing facilities,

allowing students to focus on learning

in a comfortable environment.

Ever since its opening, the Centre

has nurtured a total of over 1,500

graduates, who now work in the

government, as well as the sectors

of energy, management, real estate,

finance, etc. Currently there are about

400 students studying at the Centre.


Shenzhen Outpost

Established in 1999, the Hong Kong

Young Industrialists Council Executive

Training Centre (Shenzhen) was the

first Hong Kong institute to tap into

the Shenzhen Virtual University Park

to provide education and training

programmes. Established with a

donation from the Hong Kong Young

Industrialists Council and with the

support of the Research Institute of

Tsinghua University in Shenzhen,

the Centre proactively provides the

business circle of southern China with

diversified professional programmes

at international levels, so as to equip

mainland talents with professional

knowledge and international perspective.

Up till now, the Centre has nurtured about

500 graduates at master’s programme

level and 3000 graduates of short-term

training programmes.

In addition to supporting the development

strategies of companies, the Centre also

provides enterprises with tailor-made

training services, as well as highly costeffective

courses that address the needs

of the companies’ internal operation. In

recent years, on top of providing training

services, the Centre also provides logistic

support to recruit mainland students to

Hong Kong for PolyU undergraduate and

postgraduate programmes.

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Xi’an Outpost

In support of China’s strategy in

western development, PolyU and

Xi’an Jiaotong University established

Xi’an Tongli International College

(PolyU Xi’an Outpost) in 2002, with

a mission to nurture talents required

by mainland society. With the support

from the Academic Degree Committee

of the State Council, Ministry

of Education and the Education

Department of Shaanxi Province,

the two universities jointly launched

two master’s programmes and one

bachelor ’s programme at the Xi’an

Centre. In terms of the number of

approved programmes being serviced,

the Centre ranks second amongst all

PolyU outposts. It provides the best

facilities and comprehensive services

to the students.


Institute for Disaster

Management and Reconstruction

Soon after the Wenchuan earthquake,

PolyU joined forces with Sichuan

University in establishing the “Sichuan

Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support

and Research Centre” in June 2008.

The services of the Centre encompass

providing direct support services in

affected areas, offering “Training of

Trainers” programmes, as well as

conducting research that underpins postdisaster

relief and reconstruction work

of the country. The Centre received a

significant donation of HK$10 million,

shortly after its set up, from Dr. Tsang

Hin-chi, founder of Goldlion Group

and former member of the Standing

Committee of the National People’s


In 2010 PolyU has further committed, in

partnership with Sichuan University, to

establish China's first Institute for

Disaster Management and Reconstruction

(IDMR), bringing in its programmes and

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expertise to support the reconstruction

and sustainable development of Sichuan

province. This large-scale project is

funded by a sizable donation of RMB

200 million from The Hong Kong

Jockey Club.

IDMR is located at the Jiangan

District of Sichuan University campus,

occupying 20,000 square metres in net

floor area. IDMR is the first mainland

higher institution with the emphasis

on disaster management, post-disaster

reconstruction, disaster precaution

and reduction. It will not only provide

professional training in disaster

reconstruction and management for

the Chinese community, but also take

on systematic and indepth research on

global disasters so as to establish an

international research collaborative

platform. The institute also aspires

to establish advanced academic

programmes for the training of worldclass

disaster management professionals.

IDMR will be dedicated to the study

of the following disciplines: (1) Postdisaster

Healthcare (covering critical

care & emergency medicine, nursing,

physiotherapy, occupational therapy,

optometry, prosthetics and orthotics,

biomaterials/bioengineering). (2)

Disaster Science and Technology

(covering quake resistant structure and

environmental engineering) (3) Applied

Social Science (covering Social Work,

Psychology, planning of disaster-affected

areas and sustainable development).

According to its schedule, IDMR will

admit the first cohort of students in 2011,

with a planned intake of 19 PhD students

and 120 Master's degree students. It has

set the goal of grooming 45 PhD and 240

Master's degree graduates within three

years' time. The Institute will also provide

short-term training. It is anticipated that

some 5,000 practising professionals will

be trained there in the first three years

to contribute to the reconstruction and

sustainable development of earthquakeaffected


Beijing Liaison Office

PolyU signed an agreement with

Peking University on 10 March 2007

to jointly establish the China Social

Work Research Centre. The Master in

Social Work programme co-organized

by PolyU and Peking University in

recent years has already nurtured

more than 120 professional social

workers for the country. The newly

built China Social Work Research

Centre, situated in the campus of

Peking University, is also PolyU’s

Liaison Office in Beijing.


Partnership with academia and industry

As an application-oriented

university that keeps abreast of

the society’s advancements, PolyU

is well recognized as a key player in

the research and development of new

technologies and innovative products.

The University has always been

dedicated to creating and disseminating

knowledge that would be of practical

use in the wider world. To ride on the

rapid growth of mainland education

and economy in the past decades,

PolyU has for long given emphasis to

establish a conducive relationship with

institutions, scholars and enterprises

on the Chinese mainland in order to

promote partnership between academia

and industry. Since over 10 years ago,

PolyU has already launched a series of

strategic events to create linkages and

long term alliance with these parties

so as to generate new milestones for

the university’s development on the


Ms Yan Jun-qi, Vice Chairman of NPC Standing Committee and Prof. Li Peigen,

President of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, visit the

high-tech exhibition of PolyU.

PolyU works with the industry to explore the market of electric vehicles

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International Strategic Technology Alliance – connecting with top

universities through applied research

The 14th Annual General Meeting of ISTA

technology capabilities of PolyU

and 14 key Chinese universities for

applied technology development and

technology transfer. In addition, ISTA

strives to assist member institutes

to commercialize their research

achievements and technologies in

the local and international markets,

promoting regional socio-economical

development. ISTA’s membership now

comprises university members from 24

institutions across China, the UK and

the USA, etc.

In addition, ISTA has also established

relationship and exchange with

international organizations such as

Australian Technology Network (ATN),

European Consortium of Innovative

University (ECIU) and Organization

for Economic Co-operation and

Development (OECD).

The International Strategic Technology

Alliance (ISTA) was founded in 1995

with the support of the Ministry of

Education to leverage the collective


Bauhinia Cup Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards –

amiable connecting with distinguished private enterprises

In view of the growing influence

of private enterprises in the State’s

development, PolyU had launched

the “Bauhinia Cup Outstanding

Entrepreneur Awards” in 1997

to recognize the contribution of

distinguished entrepreneurs from the

private sector towards the country’s

economic development. Award

winners are objectively assessed by

a Selection Committee comprising

company representatives of multinational

corporations, business leaders

from Hong Kong and China, as well as

prominent community leaders. Through

the awards, participating entrepreneurs

from Hong Kong and the mainland

could share their success stories, expand

their business network and explore

business opportunities.

The Bauhinia Cup has honoured about

100 outstanding entrepreneurs over

the years. Award recipients are invited

to join the Bauhinia Cup Outstanding

Entrepreneur Association, which serves

as a network that joins up enterprising

elites of Hong Kong and the mainland

to help promote the country’s continuous

economic development.

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Distinguished Chinese Visiting Scholars Scheme –

connecting with outstanding scholars

Since its launch in 1994, this Scheme

each year has been inviting mainland

scholars of international repute to visit

the University, aiming to enhance

the exchange of knowledge between

PolyU and mainland higher education

institutes. More than 90 scholars, most

of whom are notable academicians of

the Chinese Academy of Engineering

or the Chinese Academy of Sciences,

had been invited through the scheme

throughout the years.

During their stay at the University,

the scholars conduct public lectures

and seminars as well as share their

valuable research knowledge and

academic know-how with the staff

and students of the host departments

of the University.


Opportunities in the Pearl River Delta

With their geographical proximity,

Guangdong and Hong Kong

industries are much integrated with a

close economic and trade connection.

Further collaboration to complement

the strengths of the two regions could

lead to much greater achievements.

The Outline of the Plan for the

Reform and Development of the

Pearl River Delta”, as released by the

National Development and Reform

Road Map of PRD Development

Hong Kong shares a boundary with the Pearl River

Delta, a cluster of cities and counties across an area of

41,698 square kilometres

PolyU campus

PolyU Shenzhen Base

Dongguan Development Base

Strategic Partnership with

Sun Yat-sen University

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Commission in January 2009, raised

the development in the Pearl River

Delta area to the national strategic

level, confirming the important role

of co-operation amongst Guangdong,

Hong Kong and Macau in the State’s

overall development strategy. The

announcement of “The Outline of the

Plan for the Reform and Development

of the Pearl River Delta” symbolizes

even stronger cooperation between

Guangdong and Hong Kong in the

areas of the construction of crossborder

infrastructure, port affairs,

environmental protection, trade

and commerce, finance, medical

technology, education, tourism, town

planning and development, etc. in the

coming years.

To seize the current co-operation

opportunity between Guangdong and

Hong Kong, PolyU has planned to

expand the development network in

the Pearl River Delta region, aiming

to nurture outstanding professional

and management personnel for the

region, as well as to build a research

base for innovative products and


The PolyU Base on Commercialization,

Training and Research in Shenzhen

Covering a gross floor area of

12,500 sqm on a site of 6,300 sqm,

the Shenzhen PolyU Base on

Commercialisation, Training and

Research campus was completed and

opened in 2010. As PolyU’s important

base to develop commercialization,

training and research activities in

the PRD region, the building is

equipped with a number of advanced

research laboratories and training

centres. PolyU scientists delegated

by their departments are sent on site

to conduct industrial, education and

research activities in different scopes.

The Centre will become PolyU’s

development base in the Chinese

mainland, such that the University’s

achievements can branch out to the

PRD region.


Cooperation with Sun Yat-sen University

To deepen the cooperation in higher

education in Guangdong and Hong

Kong and to nurture internationalized

talents with theoretical knowledge and

practical skills, PolyU and Sun Yatsen

University signed an agreement

to jointly train PhD students covering

different professional specialities.

In addition, Sun Yat-sen University

is co-running 2+2 undergraduate

programmes with PolyU. After the

first two-year study at Sun Yatsen

University and upon satisfying

the PolyU admission requirements,

students will pursue another two years

of studies in PolyU and finally obtain

the PolyU bachelor’s degree. The

programme has already admitted its

first batch of students in the year 2009

- 2010.

PolyU delegation led by Prof. Walter Yuen, Vice President

visits Sun Yat-sen University

Development in Dongguan

To expand its network and influence

in the mainland, in particular in the

Pearl River Delta region, PolyU and

the Dongguan Municipal Government

are now in discussion of establishing

an institution in Dongguan. The

institution will be positioned as a

quality university of international

class. It aims at enhancing the quality

and skills of local companies and

their management teams, so as to

promote industrial transformation and

to strengthen the competitiveness of

companies in the PRD region. The

two parties have already signed a

letter of intent, agreeing to conduct

a feasibility study on the set up of a

PolyU campus in Dongguan.

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Research contribution to the mainland

PolyU has long emphasized

on research application and

nurturing of professional talents. In

addition to serving the Hong Kong

community, the University also

actively collaborates with research

institutions on the mainland in

order to meet the challenges of the

national advancement. More than

2,000 application-oriented projects

are conducted at PolyU each year, of

which about 300 are jointly run with

a mainland institution. Many of these

collaborative projects have obtained a

number of national and international


PolyU also actively participates in a

number of important national projects,

including strategic projects which

China is vigorously competing with

other countries in the international



Participating in space exploration mission

In 2006, PolyU signed a collaborative

agreement with the Lunar Exploration

Programme Centre of China National

Space Administration (CNSA) to

collaborate in talent grooming,

scientific research and academic

exchange. In addition, the University

will also take part in a Sino-Russian

Mars exploration mission by

designing and manufacturing the “Soil

Preparation System”, which will be

carried on board a Russian spacecraft

to the Red Planet in 2011. This is

the first strategic interplanetary

collaboration between China and

Russia, and also the first attempt in

the history of mankind to land on the

moon of a planet other than the Earth.

Recently, at the invitation of the

China Academy of Space Technology

(CAST), the Faculty of Engineering

will take part in the manufacturing

of part of the space equipment in the

Chang’e-3 lunar exploration mission

which is scheduled to be launched

in 2012 or 2013. PolyU will work

with CAST to set up a “Joint Centre

for Space Precisioning Machine

Technology”, so as to establish a

platform for long term research


President Prof. Tong and other senior staff visit the CNSA in Beijing.

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High-end system to facilitate the country’s flood control works

The joint research project "Multiobjective

decision making and rainfall-runoff

prediction theories for complex flood

control system for reservoirs" conducted

by PolyU, Dalian University of Technology

and Dalian Naval Academy of the PLA,

is a flood control software management

system. It has a forecasting accuracy

of over 90%, providing an effective

method to dispatch in the actual flooding

environment. The system has been

successfully applied to the flood control

system centred around the Three Gorges

Reservoir for flooding system planning,

and the Liao River, Hun River and Tai

River for real time operation of reservoirs,

allowing decision-making authorities in

dispatching more effective flood control,

as well as to plan for feasibility study of

hydroelectric generation. The system has

now been installed in over 100 medium

to large reservoirs in the

Chinese mainland. Dr.

Chau Kwok-wing of the

Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering, who

is the person-in-charge of the

project, has been honoured

with the second-class award

of the prestigious State

Natural Science Awards

(SNSA) in 2009.

Dr. Chau Kwok-wing, recipient of SNSA second-class award.


Chirotechnology research gained national recognition

Recently a second-class award of

the State Natural Science Awards

went to Professor Wang Rui of the

Department of Applied Biology and

Chemical Technology of PolyU.

He is honoured for the project

"Asymmetric Catalytic Syntheses and

Their Applications in Polypeptide

Investigations", which is nominated

by Gansu Province. Asymmetric

calatytic syntheses is an important

tool of modern chirotechnology,

which is also a hot topic of research

because of its potential wide

applications in the pharmaceutical

and agrochemical industries. PolyU

had once designated chirotechnology

as an Area of Strategic Development

and established an Open Laboratory

of Chirotechnology. The Open

Laboratory has recently gained

important recognition from the

Ministry of Science and Technology,

which has given preliminary approval

for PolyU to establish a State Key

Laboratory for Chiro-sciences.

In 2001, PolyU and HKU jointly

led an effort in the formation of an

Prof. Wang Rui of the Department of Applied

Biology and Chemical Technology honoured by

the SNSA second-class award.

Institute of Molecular Technology

for Drug Discovery and Synthesis in

which chirotechnology is an important

component. The effort was recognized

by the University Grants Committee

and was recognized as an Area of

Excellence (AoE) in Hong Kong with

an award of $48 million research grant.

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PolyU takes part in 973 programme on acid rain

PolyU's air assessment centre in Hok Tsui, Hong Kong

At the invitation of the Chinese

Research Academy of Environmental

Sciences (CRAES), the University

is taking part in a 5-year research on

acid rain. Prof. Wao Tang of PolyU’s

Department of Civil and Structural

Engineering has been appointed Chief

Scientist of this large-scale project and

Research Professor of CRASE. This

project is supported by RMB$26m

from the 973 Programme. It is

anticipated the findings of this fiveyear

study will facilitate an integrated

research on the fundamental scientific

issues involved in the formation,

transport, settlement and ecological

impact of acid rain within the Chinese

atmosphere, such that medium to long

term measures to control acid rain can

be formulated from scientific grounds.

The acid rain research project is

affiliated with the State Environmental

Protection Administration of China

and being undertaken by CRAES.

This project has brought together

expertise from the Chinese Academy

of Sciences, Peking University,

Tsinghua University, PolyU, Beijing

Normal University and the Chinese

Academy of Meteorological Sciences.

The project team comprises over 140

research personnel, including over

80 full-time staff and more than 60

research students.

Prof. Wang Tao of the Department of Civil and

Structural Engineering


Partnering with Peking University to promote Chinese linguistics research

In December 2008, PolyU joined up

with Peking University and founded

the “PolyU-Peking U Research

Centre on Chinese Linguistics”,

which is operated by the Department

of Chinese and Bilingual Studies. The

research centre has a main objective

to develop Chinese linguistics

research that encompasses both

Eastern and Western perspectives. The

Centre has collaborated with Peking

University Press to publish a "Qian

Yan"series on linguistics, as well as a

computing language series authorized

by the Cambridge University Press

for the Chinese market. Having

signed a publication agreement with

the Cambridge University Press, the

Research Centre is now compiling

a reference book titled “Cambridge

Reference Grammar on the Chinese

Language”, which will be published

by the CUP. The book will become

a rare reference to Chinese grammar

that is written in English with detailed

and easy-to-understand contents

in the 30 years past. It is going to

be of profound significance and

contribution to the academic scope

of Chinese linguistics. In November

2009, the Centre organized “The

Fifth International Conference on

Contemporary Chinese Grammar”.

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The world’s first database of Chinese head and face sizes

The Asian Ergonomic Lab of the

School of Design began its study on

the Chinese head form in 2004. Six

mainland cities, including Guangzhou,

Hangzhou, Lanzhou, Chongqing,

Beijing and Shenyang had been

visited to compile the anthropometric

data. Working in collaboration with

local universities, the research team

collected detailed 3D scans of more

than 3,000 volunteers, aged from

18 to 70, using an advanced scan

technology. The result of the study

is SizeChina – the world’s first-ever

digital database of Chinese head and

face sizes. Manufacturers can now

be better equipped to design products

for the medical, optical, sports,

entertainment and communication

industries, which are more suitable for

the Chinese market. Products created

from the data of SizeChina will be

more competitive in terms of

Mr. Roger Ball, Director of

the “SizeChina” project

brand building. The SizeChina project

has clinched a number of international

accolades for PolyU, including the

Gold Medal in the Research category

at the 2008 International Design

Excellence Awards (IDEA). The

innovative project was also awarded

“Best in Show” by the jury.


Nurturing talents

PolyU has been striving

to provide quality higher

education at international level.

While offering professional

education and promoting

application-oriented research,

the University has placed

equal importance on all-round

development for its students. In

addition to equipping students

with professional skills, PolyU

has organized student exchange

programmes to nurture the ethnic

identity of students and to expand

their cultural perspective, preparing

them to become responsible citizens

and community leaders in future.

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Student exchange


PolyU has signed cooperation

agreements with over 20 renowned

universities on the mainland. Each

year, exchange students of the

partnering universities will come to

study for a semester, and completed

credits are fully transferable. Through

the student exchange programme,

PolyU has established long term

collaborative relationships with

mainland universities, strengthening

the academic and cultural exchange

amongst partnering cities. Major

partnering institutes are listed as


Peking University

Tsinghua University

Renmin University of China

Beijing Institute of Technology

Fudan University

Shanghai University of Finance

and Economics

Zhejiang University

Wuhan University

Southeast University

Tianjin University

Sun Yat-sen University

Shanghai Jiaotong University

Tongji University

Xi’an Jiaotong University

Huazhong University of Science

and Technology

Nanjing University

University of Science and

Technology of China

Harbin Institute of Technology

Xiamen University

Shandong University


Mainland Placement


With the University’s emphasis on

practical training, “Work-Integrated

Education” (WIE) became a mandatory

component, and undergraduates are

required to equip themselves with

work-related experience before

graduation. As early as in 1997,

PolyU had launched the “Preferred

Graduate Development Programme”

(PGDP) to promote summer internship

in a business setting. To broaden

students’ outlook and to help them

gain mainland work experience, about

4,300 students have been sent for work

placements at some sizeable companies

in over 20 mainland cities through

WIE and PGDP during 1997-2009.

In the summer of 2009, about 600

students took part in these placement

programmes in mainland cities,

gaining valuable work experiences

from enterprises such as the Bank

of Communications Schroder Fund

Management, China Life, the Industrial

and Commercial Bank of China,

the Palace Museum, Nanjing Panda

Electronics, Shanghai Panasonic, etc.

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mainland students

With frequent exchanges between the

Chinese mainland and Hong Kong,

lots of academically outstanding

students are applying to study at

PolyU in recent years. The University

now enrols about 240 undergraduate

students from the mainland each year,

of which about 25% are studying

with full scholarships. In addition,

about 500 postgraduate students are

recruited from the mainland every

year. The University provides onestop

support and orientation to these

offshore students, helping them to

integrate into Hong Kong’s learning

environment from all directions.

As the Hong Kong S.A.R. Government

relaxes the restrictions on non-local

students for working in Hong Kong,

non-local full time students can now

take part in placement programmes

during their course of study. They can

also extend their stay in Hong Kong to

one year after their graduation, giving

them ample time to look for a perfect

job in Hong Kong.


Unemployed / Others

Employed /

Self-employed in HK



Full-time Further



Emigrated / Returned to

Country of Origin / Others


Full-time Further



Cultural exchange

As an internationally recognized

University, PolyU has been a gateway

to bridge institutions on the mainland

and overseas. The University

has established student exchange

programmes with over 200 renowned

universities in 25 countries and cities.

Each year, the University receives

about 550 international students,

and the same number of students

are sent overseas for exchange. The

learning environment of the University

is becoming more global as these

international students, together with the

mainland students and local students

at PolyU, live and learn in the campus.

In addition, the University is running

a series of events to promote cultural

exchange every year. The PolyU

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student

Challenge, for example, broadens the

cultural outlook and unearths students’

entrepreneurial potentials, which helps

to elevate their overall competitiveness.

Graduates’ Messages

Xu Peng

Vice Director of Zhejiang Tourism Bureau

2006 graduate of MSc in Hotel and Tourism Management (Hangzhou)

What is most important for persons like me who have been in the tourism industry for many years? I think what we need is

continuously enriching our knowledge and upkeeping with the development of the industry. During the two years of studies,

I got lots of useful information particularly that from overseas teachers. The world trend of tourism and its information given

by the teachers have been very insightful and useful for me.

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Graduates’ Messages

Tan Yue Xin

CEO of Xian Hengya Construction Ltd Co.

2009 graduate of MBA programme (Xian)

The two years of study has reinvented my life, thanks to PolyU and my school mates. They have re-discovered the true

meaning of team spirit, fellowship, striving and vision… Thanks to their inspiration that has enriched my life and triggered

me with passion for starting another new business.

Chen Xing Guang

2008 graduate of the Department of Building and Real Estate

Currently working in Sun Hung Kai Properties in Hong Kong

The four years of solid training has trained my sensibility and adaptability to the ever-changing real estate and construction

market. The programme has also equipped me well for the future by inspiring my leadership competence and enhancing my

communication skills. During my study at PolyU, I have seen a Dream in an academic field visit to the Dubai, UAE. During

my summer placement in Shenzhen and Shanghai, I have experienced the Dream. As I joined Sun Hung Kai after graduation,

I have truly realized what I learnt at PolyU. The University has helped me to gradually realize the Dream.

Wang kai

Year-3 study of Double Degree programme in Electrical Engineering and Marketing

PolyU’s resources are well provided, ranging from the high-tech teaching classrooms to modern sports facilities, from quality

teaching teams to personalized career counseling, my school life is well adapted in Hong Kong. PolyU also gives me plenty

of opportunities, including overseas internship and site visits, exchange programmes, and visits to companies. I now have a

clear vision for my future.

Wang Fu Yong

2007 graduate of Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering

I am so pleased to have studied the Master’s programme of Electronic and Information Engineering. This was a programme

whereas theory well blended with practice. The learning environment was excellent with advanced teaching and laboratory

facilities. Our professors not only had international perspective, but also possessed with high sense of responsibility. As

a mainland student, I fully appreciated that PolyU had given me opportunities to strengthen my English and open up my

international horizon, both of which will definitely pave a better path for my future career.


Serving the Chinese communities

Caring for the elites

of the Olympics


he collaborative relationship

between PolyU and the mainland

does not limit to higher education.

In 2008 when China organizes the

Olympics and the Paralympics, PolyU

was designated by the Science and

Education Department (SED) of the

Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) as

a collaborative research partner for the

2008 Beijing Olympics, demonstrating

PolyU’s valued contribution in the

scope of sports and health promotion.

PolyU’s teaching staff and students

were proud to be involved in this event

that took the world’s attention. In

addition, PolyU was made the official


partner and the official rehabilitation

unit of the Chinese Winter Sports

Administrative Center, aiming to

provide comprehensive physical

therapy service to Chinese athletes

competing in the Winter Olympics.

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Striving to serve

Sichuan’s quake


The “5.12 Earthquake” had caused

serious damage and heavy casualties to

Sichuan. In addition to the HK$3.5m

raised in the campus, PolyU promptly

joined up with Sichuan University

to establish the “Sichuan Post-

Disaster Reconstruction Support

and Research Centre” to coordinate

the resources of the two universities

to provide support in recovery and

to assist in long term community

reconstruction work. The Centre

contributed to disaster relief through

the four taskforces on Health Services,

Psychological Counseling and Social

Reconstruction, Construction and

Engineering Technologies, and


Economic reconstruction. The services

of the Centre encompass providing direct

support services in affected areas, offering

“Training of Trainers” programmes, as

well as conducting research that underpins

post-disaster relief and reconstruction

work of the country.

The Centre received a significant

donation of HK$10 million, shortly

after its set up, from Dr. Tsang Hinchi,

founder of Goldlion Group and

former member of the Standing

Committee of the National People’s

Congress. The University has also

received government funding support

of more than HK$10 million for its

“Physiotherapy and Occupational

Therapy Professional Training

Support Project” and “Prosthetic

and Orthotics Professional Training

Support Project”. Under the projects,

professional training programmes

were offered in Sichuan to address

the shortage of rehabilitation

professionals there.

With the vision of nurturing talents for

post-disaster relief and reconstruction

services and meeting the development

needs of the country, with the donation

of 200 million from the Hong Kong

Jockey Club, PolyU and Sichuan

University are now planning for

the founding of the “Joint Training

Institute on Disaster Management

and Reconstruction”. It is hoped that

the Institute will help to cultivate

professionals with regard to research

and training in rehabilitation, prosthesis

and orthotics, nursing, psychological

counselling and community economic

development that the stricken areas are

seriously short of.

PolyU arranges Sichuan disabled dancers and recovered children to visit Hong Kong

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Serving the

community with

acquired knowledge

The staff and students of PolyU

serve the community in a diversified

ways. Each year, the University runs

the large scale Community Service

Learning Programme, such that

students from different departments,

led by the teaching staff, could visit

the underprivileged communities in

Hong Kong and the mainland to serve

the needy with their professional

knowledge and competence. Since

2004, about 5,800 staff and students

have participated in the programme

to take part in different volunteering

work, lending their helping hands

to 300,000 people. Much of

the volunteering work involves

construction in the developing areas

of the mainland. The wooden bridge

projects in Gansu and Shaanxi villages

implemented by the students from the

departments of Civil and Structural

Engineering, Land Surveying and Geo-

Informatics and the School of Design,

for example, have helped villagers,

particularly primary school students,

to cross the streams safely. Students

from the School of Optometry visited

the villages in Tengxian of Wuzhou,

to conduct free vision check-ups for

local farmers, as well as to provide

training on eye care. The Department

of Computing served an orphanage

school in Gansu, helping them to set up

a computing laboratory and a school

internet, as well as training school

teachers and students to enhance

their skills in accessing information




PolyU has progressed rapidly in

recent years. We not only have

established close collaboration with

over 240 universities on the mainland,

but also have partnered with some 560

institutions spanning over 40 countries

and areas. The PolyU’s mainland

network such as the International

Strategic Technology Alliance, the 6

outpost centres and the Bauhinia Cup

Outstanding Entrepreneur Association

will be utilized as a platform effectively

connecting our overseas collaborators

with their prospective mainland

partners. PolyU being a leading

university of international status is

well positioned as a gateway between

mainland and overseas universities, for

promoting cross cultural and integrative

cooperation in the areas of education

and research and signifying the

uniqueness of Hong Kong as a centre

where “east meeting west”. As such,

we believe Hong Kong’s education and

research will be further enhanced while

the mainland will be given greater

opportunities of development in all


For years PolyU has been actively

involved in a number of national

projects and events, such as our

physiotherapy service for the Chinese

athletes in 2008 Beijing Olympics

and the long-term support of postquake

relief and redevelopment after

Sichuan earthquake. PolyU is mindful

that while striving to provide the

quality university education locally,

we also have a role to contribute as

part of the tertiary institutions of

the country. In the future, PolyU

colleagues will continue to be striving

together for furthering the best

development of Hong Kong and the


Vice President of PolyU

Angelina Yuen

Milestones of Mainland Development













Visit of the Polytechnic’s senior delegation to the Chinese mainland.

Signing of academic exchange agreements with 11 prestigious mainland


Visit of a high-level delegation to Taiwan and the host of an academic

conference on the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The launch of the “Distinguished Chinese Visiting Scholars Scheme”.

Establishment of the “International Strategic Technology Alliance” with 14

top universities from the mainland.

Set up of the first outpost centre with Zhejiang University.

The launch of the “Bauhinia Cup Outstanding Entrepreneur Awards”.

Recruitment of the first batch of mainland undergraduates.

Establishment of Shenzhen outpost centre.

Establishment of Xi’an outpost centre.

Establishment of Wuhan outpost centre.

Establishment of the “Sichuan Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support and

Research Centre”.

Opening of the PolyU Base on Commercialization, Training and Research in


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