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PolyU | Top university in Hong Kong: 80-Year Pursuit of Academic Excellence - Research Profile of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Stands out from other Hong Kong Universities

Opening Minds, Shaping the Future - History and the Current University Ranking of Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Studying in universities in Hong Kong is a rewarding experience. The city boasts modernity and sophisticated technology, which make it one of the best places for education in the world. Among the 20 degree-awarding higher education institutions and Hong Kong universities, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been one of the leading universities in terms of quality learning and teaching and applied research. Founded 80 years ago in 1937, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University started as the Government Trade School, offering course on marine wireless operating, mechanical engineering and building construction. Throughout the years, it evolved into the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1972, and finally assumed full university status and was renamed the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994. Till now, we have been tenacious in providing top-notch tertiary education programmes. We were ranked 6th in QS Top 50 Under 50 2018 among the universities in Hong Kong and other parts of the world. With our unchanging commitment to quality university education in Hong Kong, we will continue to nurture graduates who are critical thinkers, effective communicators, innovative problem solvers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders.

World-class Schools and Faculties - All-round Development of Students

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is known as the best university of Hong Kong in providing hospitality education programme. PolyU¡¯s School of Hotel and Tourism Management was ranked 3rd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which further affirmed the substantial effort of our faculty members. Apart from the hospitality programme, we also provide various courses catering the multiple interests and needs of students. Our faculties cover subjects including applied sciences, business, engineering, design, humanities and so on. Through our programmes, students are offered with numerous chances to get involved in different dynamic learning environment. Their horizons are widened by learning out of the classroom and engaging in community services, which reflect our emphasis on linking innovation with application.

Leading Research University in Hong Kong - Apply to Serve the Community

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a name equivalent to sophisticated research. As the university of Hong Kong committed to leading research, we are dedicated to developing new solutions to the everyday challenges in the community we serve. Exemplifying our belief in ideas that could change the world, our research team has been endeavouring to derive new technology for the betterment of mankind in a whole new level. As invited by the Russian Federal Space Agency, we have developed a device that would sift through the soil of Mars¡¯ innermost moon, Phobos, searching for signs of life. We have also created a groundbreaking new surgical tool, the Novel Surgical Robotic System (NSRS), which marked a milestone in the minimally invasive surgery, thus enhancing the wellbeing of patients.

Philippe Casens — Assistant Professor

Throughout a professional collaboration with italian designers and architects like Andrea Branzi, Clino Trini Castelli, Pierluigi Cerri, Isao Hosoe, he has experienced different approaches and methodologies within the field of industrial production, of interior design and their communication.
Working in Domus Academy since 1995, coordinating the master in product design course, the car design and mobility course he has participated to several research seminar, collaborating also with the DARC (Domus Academy Research Center).

Since 2003, under the name disopradesign, with other collaborators, he has been developping an outsourcing activity ranging from design innovation to project, research and architecture.

Since August 2015, he has taught at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

Ernesto Spicciolato — Senior Teaching Fellow, DArch (Firenze)

Born in Italy, graduated at the University of Architecture, Florence, in 1983.

Ernesto won the National Architecture Competition “Plebiscito and VII Novembre Squares”, Castel di Sangro, 1989, (1st prize); and the 2nd prize at the International Architecture Competition “New York Waterfront”, New York, 1988, in collaboration with Andrea Branzi. He collaborated with Makio Hasuike Design Office from 1987 to 1990, designing for: Ariston, Gedy, Indesit, Lamy, Maxer, Merloni Termo Sanitari, MH Way, Mobil Girgi, Villeroy & Boch. With Santina Bonini he founded office in Milano in 1990. The office based its work on active research in the fields of the new technologies, evolution of artificial materials, utilization of natural material for industrial products, social evolutions. His works are in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York), Museo del Design della Triennale (Milano), MOMA Museum of Modern Art (New York), and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Among the others, he designed for Bic Italia, Colombo Design, Covo, Dae-Young Computer, Gedy, Glas, LG Chemicals, LG Electronics, Viceversa, Zanussi-Rex.

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