Our four-year undergraduate curriculum has been designed to prepare students to become "practical dreamers" of tomorrow so that they can serve the global society, challenge the present and enrich the future. The main features of our curriculum can be grouped into two categories:
I. Preparing Students for Success in Their Chosen Professions
Rigorous Application Orientation
All of our programmes are application-oriented, meeting the needs of industries, the professions and the community, with an appropriate balance of theory and practice in the curriculum. Most of our academic programmes are accredited by relevant statutory or professional bodies, both local and overseas.
Strengthened Language and Communications Component
We aim to nurture our students to become effective communicators, both biliterate and trilingual (English and Chinese, including Putonghua). In addition to the English and Chinese language subjects in the core curriculum, extensive reading and writing components with adequate support from the teaching team are introduced to the general education programme and the discipline-specific curriculum.
Mandatory Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
All PolyU full-time undergraduate students will complete a mandatory WIE component to gain real-life experience in the actual workplace before graduation. This will enable our students to deepen their understanding of industries and professions, to apply classroom learning to deal with real-life problems, and to develop their workplace skills.
Enrich Students' Experience with Industries and the Professions
With our strong and long-standing relationship with industries and the professions, we are able to organize many "out-of-classroom" learning activities (e.g. mentorship programme, talks by experts from various disciplines, site visits and study tours, industry-based student projects, etc.) that bring students closer to real-life professional practice. This relationship has also further stepped up collaboration between the University and industries in research, high-level consultancy projects and knowledge transfer activities which in turn support the application orientation of our academic programmes.
We include in all of our programmes a capstone project or thesis to enable students to consolidate their learning experience accumulated over the entire undergraduate study to deal with or solve a complex problem related to their profession/discipline. This will better prepare our students for professional practice or further studies.
Developing Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Problem-Solving Skills
We place a strong emphasis on nurturing students' entrepreneurial and innovativespirit, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and offer a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities, e.g. PolyU Micro Fund for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pilot Scheme, and PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge, to help students develop these skills.
II. Nurturing Students into All-Round Global Citizens
PolyU has long been committed to internationalization of its curriculum, staffing and student bodies. We provide students with global learning experience through our established Academic Exchange Programme and WIE Offshore Placement Scheme. Every year, we receive about 550 international students and send an equivalent number of our students abroad in bi-lateral student exchange with credits, involving over 200 renowned universities from more than 25 countries and regions. About 800 students participated in offshore placements every year in over 40 countries and regions and over 20 cities on the Chinese mainland.
Under PolyU's international network of over 560 partner institutions in more than 40 countries and regions, our faculty and staff have been actively engaged in a variety of academic programme collaborations, collaborative projects, joint research, conferences, consultancy projects and training. These further enhance the international exposure of our students and staff.
Broadening Students' Perspectives
We provide an enhanced general education programme to broaden students' horizons beyond their chosen professions. Students will study subjects of their own choice under four Cluster Areas that represent different domains of knowledge and methods of enquiry. They are:
- Human Nature, Relations and Development
- Community, Organization and Globalization
- History, Culture and World Views
- Science, Technology and Environment
Leadership and Intra-Personal Development
To prepare our students to become "leaders of tomorrow", we offer to all students a core general education subject on "Leadership and Intra-Personal Development". The subject is designed to enable them to:
- understand and integrate theories, research and concepts on the qualities (particularly intra-personal and interpersonal qualities) of effective leaders in the Chinese context;
- develop greater self-awareness and a better understanding of oneself;
- acquire interpersonal skills essential for functioning as an effective leader;
- develop self-reflection skills in their learning; and
- recognize the importance of the active pursuit of knowledge on intra-personal and interpersonal levels and its relationship to leadership qualities.
Cultivating a Heart to Serve
We aim to develop our students into educated global citizens with a heart to serve. All our students will have to take a credit-bearing subject on service-learning so that they can apply their knowledge to serve the people in need. They will:
- participate in community service or civic engagement activities that will benefit the service users or the community at large in a meaningful way;
- apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their Major or other learning experiences at the University to the community service activities; and
- reflect on their service-learning experience in order to link theory with practice, and to develop a greater sense of ethical, social and national responsibility.
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy lifestyle is the platform for all-round development. Our students will complete a non-credit-bearing programme in healthy lifestyle. The programme will cover:
- physical fitness evaluation;
- concepts on health and physical fitness;
- sports skills acquisition; and
- exercise practicum.