The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU Design) is ranked again among the world’s top 25 Art and Design institutions by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings®.
"We welcome the new ranking, and particularly feel encouraged by the recognition from employers," says Prof. Cees de Bont, Dean of PolyU Design, citing the score that positioned the School at the 14th place among the top 25 institutions for Employer Reputation. "It is a reflection of the academic rigor that the School has established throughout its history." This QS metric is based on over 30,000 international and domestic responses to its QS Employer Survey, and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, and effective graduates. Graduates from the School include established names like Raman Hui, director of the blockbuster action comedy Monster Hunt and animation director of Oscar-winning Shrek to James O, co-founder of the first $1 billion Hong Kong startup company Gogovan.
The climbing position also echoes the continuous efforts that the School has put into its research initiatives, conducted under three pillars of interests: Design Social, Design Economies and Design Making.
In 2017, the Asian Ergonomics Design Lab led by Dr Yan Luximon won the Best Innovation Award from ACED Ergonomics Design Awards 2017 in Japan with its SizeChina Faceform - a set of anthropometric design tools developed for head and face related products for the Chinese population. New research collaborations have secured significant funding to conduct work in the coming years in many other areas, including Dr Hanna Wirman’s project on digital game development and design for autism and special education; Dr Gino Yu’s development of a software toolkit for the creation of intelligent virtual agents for guiding media consumption and browsing; Dr Newman Lau’s research on breast movement that supports bra design for sports; Mr Peter Hasdell’s project on engaging multi-disciplinary design approaches for rural China, and his publication on "Border Ecologies: Hong Kong’s Mainland Frontier", co-written with Mr Joshua Bolchover; as well as Mr Brian Lee's project on 3D printing design approach for sustainable product development.