About PolyU Design

The 16th in the world

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong since 1964. The School thrives on its geographical position in bridging the East and the West, allowing its students to develop their design strengths with a uniquely international cultural awareness at both professional and social levels.


Since 2015, the School has been ranked one of the top in the globe on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings® by Subject - Art and Design. Currently it is one of the top in Asia and the 16th in the world. Read here for details. 

PolyU Design has been consistently ranked as one of the top design schools ('The Best Design Schools in the World') in the world by BusinessWeek magazine since 2006.

In 2009, BusinessWeek rated our Master of Design (Design Strategies) programmes one of the World's 30 Best Design Thinking Programmes.

In 2013, PolyU Design became the only School from Asia on Business Insider's World's Best 25 Design School list.

It was listed as one of the Top 10 Best Industrial Design Schools in the World in 2015 and one of the Special Mentioned Graphic Design Schools in the World by Design Schools Hub in 2016.

Notable alumni

Human-centered design

We stand at the junction of art and science, with a philosophy of offering high quality design education and producing high impact research and consultancy work in both pure and applied nature. While we appreciate the highest ideals of art, we believe in the creation of human-centric products, brands and services, which are relevant to industrial, commercial and community needs now and in the near future. Our approach provides a robust research foundation in design to support these ideas.

The School’s extraordinary 56-year legacy of scholarship and research in the midst of the dynamism of Asia assures us a bright future. Our highly diverse design expertise includes: Product Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design, Digital Media, Interior Design, Environment Design, Social Design, Interactive Media, Urban Design, International Design and Business Management, Design Practices, Design Strategy, Interaction Design, and Multimedia and Entertainment Technology.

We nurture nearly 900 students yearly in a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with some 50 of them being PhD students. The School provides a high level, well equipped environment that includes significant research infrastructure with eight laboratories and a variety of first class technical workshops in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by Zaha Hadid (1950-2016). We believe new premises drives new thinking. 

Our Values

The School’s research and academic programmes are governed by our core values: 

  1. Developing an Open Mind Frame;
  2. Steering Positive Change;
  3. Establishing Visionary Entrepreneurship;
  4. Practicing Authentic Expression; and
  5. Designing Responsibly

See also:  Our History