First, the admissions program has been refreshed to give students more time to better understand their own passions, strengths and abilities.
College undergraduates typically read subjects in their chosen major in their freshman year. But not everyone can understand everything when submitting applications and accepting offers.
With refreshed PolyU admission program based on the departmental scheme from the academic year 2022/23, students study the common subjects of their department, which helps them to make an informed decision on the choice of their major in year 2, except for some specialized programs such as Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing.
It also allows them to enjoy a year of exploration to ensure their aspirations come to fruition before settling on a major.
This flexibility allows students to easily pivot in response to new opportunities, trends, interests, interactions, or industry transformations that may arise during their first year of study at PolyU.
The changes are a step forward for PolyU to continue building future-ready global leaders – to help students realize their potential and gain practical, real-world skills that are essential in a rapidly changing world.
The university’s curriculum has also been upgraded with the introduction of two new elements, “Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA)” and “Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)”. Students will follow modules from their second year.
These new courses will prepare students for a digital future, ensuring they keep pace with industry transformation in the age of information and communication technology.
PolyU Vice President (Education), Professor Wong Kwok-yin, explains that these initiatives will help students gain vital interdisciplinary knowledge and also empower them with creative thinking to cope with the rapid changes in today’s world. .
“University education aims to produce future-ready leaders for society. We hope that PolyU graduates will not only acquire solid academic knowledge, but also possess the various strengths essential for the future development of society,” he said.
The new AIDA and IE courses are designed based on ideas drawn from the school’s close network of alumni, industry partnerships and over 80 years of experience in higher education.
AIDA includes artificial intelligence, programming and other related topics; while IE offers initiatives such as a 12-week corporate attachment and visits to the Greater Bay Area of Hong Kong to learn more about the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
About the university
The 85-year-old university is currently ranked sixth in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 50 under 50 2021 rankings; as well as 25th place in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022 and 66th in the QS World University Rankings 2022 (up from 75th place in 2021).
Among the more than 20 higher education institutions granting bachelor’s degrees and above in Hong Kong, PolyU has always had an advantage, thanks to its affiliation with an extensive network of brand-name global universities, work-integrated education and the emphasis on service learning to instill empathy and civic responsibility.
PolyU also demonstrates prowess in the disciplines of Hospitality and Leisure Management (ranked 10th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022), Architecture/Built Environment (ranked 15th), Engineering – Civil and Structural (ranked 15th) and art and design (ranked 16th).
However, PolyU does not rest on its achievements and continues to evolve to help its students stay on top. In the summer of 2021, PolyU launched its “Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scheme” (URIS).