Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Stemmed from the “Biomedical Engineering Programme” within Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre (JCREC) founded in 1987, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (BME at PolyU) was established in 2012 with its vision to be world-class in the advancement of biomedical engineering education, research, and professional services for the betterment of human health.

Developed from the original focus on prosthetics and orthotics, BME at PolyU now covers a convergence of diverse disciplines within biology, medicine, and engineering, including medical imaging, biosensing, molecular and cellular engineering, neuromusculoskeletal science, prosthetics and orthotics, and rehabilitation. Being the first-in-Hong Kong, the BME undergraduate programme has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) for the P&O stream. In addition, the Department offers taught postgraduate programme (MSc) as well as research programmes (MPhil and PhD).

Mission & Objective

Through education, research, and professional services, the departmental mission is to

  • Nurture future leaders in prosthetics and orthotics, clinical engineering, medical instrumentation and sensors, and biological engineering by imparting interdisciplinary knowledge, innovative ideas, critical thinking and practical skills;
  • Advance knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical conditions and in promoting healthy and active aging through interdisciplinary research and technology transfer;
  • Enhance the quality of life for people with impairment or special needs by offering user-focused services in assistive technology, rehabilitation engineering, prosthetics and orthotics, and smart ageing.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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