About the university
Location: Hong Kong, China
(the official full name is Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Chinese – 香港 理工 大學, the abbreviated name is HKPU or PolyU) is a public educational institution where students from all over the world can enroll. The university is very well located in one of the central areas of Hong Kong, which provides excellent transport links. Despite the fact that the institution is relatively young, it has already won the status of an international model. HKPU has a successful economic reputation among employers around the world. Among the graduates of PolyU you can find famous directors, fashion designers, musicians, scientists, programmers and designers.
PolyU was founded in 1937 as a Trading School that did not provide graduates with higher education. In 1995, technical specialties were added to the trade specialties, which became the leading in the institution. Thanks to the persistent efforts of teachers, graduates were endowed with professional skills and an extraordinary approach to solving simple problems, thereby appreciated not only in the regions of Asia, but also in other countries. Thanks to this, in 1995, the Chinese government renamed the institution to the university and officially awarded the title of International University. Today it is one of the fastest growing universities in China.
University ranking and its advantages
HKPU University has long been ranked high. So, in China, it has been confidently in the 5th position for many years, in the world community – it is among the 200 best technical institutions. The university has received many awards and medals for its own developments in various fields of activity.
The main advantages of HKPU University:
- close collaboration with Boeing;
- active participation in international programs and scientific research;
- participation in the development of the latest space technologies in the field of aviation;
- participation in the development of nano-technologies;
- the university maintains a student exchange program to improve knowledge;
- scientists and designers from all over the world take an active part in the educational process.
The entire educational process at the HKPU institution is built on the principle of international experience and knowledge exchange, therefore half of the teachers here are foreign specialists who not only teach the material, but also work in global companies. They successfully share knowledge and skills with their students, so graduates have a tremendous amount of knowledge. Thanks to this fact, the attention of scientists and designers of a world scale is riveted to the university.
Composition and infrastructure of the University
The campus occupies a vast area with more than 20 facilities. This includes – scientific and research centers, laboratories, a library, sports centers and stadiums, a hostel, a cafe, a canteen. The main attraction of the campus is the original curvilinear architectural structure, which rises majestically above the rest of the buildings. The building is called “Innovation Jockey Tower” and has 15 floors with cozy classrooms for students who have chosen design and architecture directions.
The full composition of the university:
- about 2,500 teachers, of which 50% are foreign specialists;
- more than 22,000 full-time students, of which about 25% are foreign students;
- about 1,500 correspondence students, of which more than 60% are foreigners.
Of particular note is the world-renowned Pao Yue-kong Library, which is a 6-storey complex with over 2.8 million books in paper and electronic format.
Admission and tuition fees at PolyU
Admission to PolyU is carried out on the general basis provided for by the legislation of Hong Kong. The student provides the admissions committee with a package of documents, which includes: A certificate for 11 grades with a high subject score, an international passport, a medical card, an IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 certificate. For foreigners, training is conducted in English, so a certificate with an appropriate score is required.
Tuition fees in Hong Kong dollars:
- Undergraduate is 100,000 – 120,000 HKD
- Master’s degree is 120,000 – 140,000 HKD
- additional costs for the purchase of training goods can be up to HKD 10,000.
HKPU University conducts an individual interview for each applicant, which gives the right to admission to 1 course even with a lower Certificate score. If a student thinks out of the ordinary and quickly solves logical problems, he has a high chance of being enrolled.
HKPU provides grants to students at the Hong Kong legislative level. A student who has a high subject score can receive a 100% discount. In addition to benefits, successful students are awarded government scholarships. As a result, 10% of all students have 100% full tuition benefits, another 10% have 50% and 20% benefits. About 30% of students receive scholarships.
In order to apply for a Grant, it is necessary to send the appropriate package of documents to the selection committee by e-mail in advance. Likewise, an application for a place in a hostel is submitted in advance.
Study programs at PolyU
The university conducts specialized training in more than 1000 different specialties, which are concentrated in such areas as:
- Arts and Humanities
- The medicine
- Science and technology
- Business and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Applied Science and Textile
- Faculty of Construction and Environmental Protection
- Faculty of Business
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities
- School of design
- Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management
Foreign students are provided with a comfortable hostel, which is located on the campus and is built like an apartment. The average cost of living is from HK $ 12,000 to HK $ 32,000 per year, depending on the room you choose. If you choose housing in Hong Kong on your own, then its cost will start at 30,000 HKD per year, which not every student can afford.