Organisation profile

Organisation profile

As a leading department in civil and environmental engineering, we take great pride in our research excellence, high quality education as well as the power of synergy achieved by a pool of renowned scholars and professional faculty members in the field. We offer not only a broad-based and high quality interdisciplinary education in the areas of structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, transportation and environmental engineering, but also an advanced practical training enabling our students to be competent engineers in this ever-changing world.

In the QS ranking by the discipline of Civil and Structural Engineering, PolyU has been ranked the 15th best institution globally and 1st in Hong Kong in 2019.  Reflected by the H-index, the productivity and impact of our published work has been ranked 1st for three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019. Riding on the international recognition in the rankings, we have performed particularly well in securing external research grants and consultancy projects. Our department is funded by the Research Grants Council to carry out two Theme Based Research Projects with a total funding of HK$85.79 million and four Research Impact Fund 2018/19 at a total amount of around HK$25.9 million.

Throughout the years, our Department has developed close collaborations with local construction industry, overseas institutions and partners in a wide range of research projects. In addition, through our strong ties with the public and private sectors, our students have obtained many internship opportunities to gain practical work exposure in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas countries. Infrastructure and sustainable urban development are evolving with massive investments earmarked for infrastructure projects worldwide. Under the "One-Belt-One-Road" strategy and the “Greater Bay Area” development, our graduates will be able to play vital and proactive roles in these development projects, and make contributions for the betterment of Hong Kong society.

In the coming years, we will strive to explore and strengthen our networks through diverse aspects. We will continue to initiate and work out the collaborations with potential partners in our research endeavors on the emerging trends. Perceiving alumni network as one of our invaluable assets, we aspire to further expand our alumni base to solicit their unstinting support to our students in building professional network.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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