The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has recently been ranked no. 2 in the world among tourism and hospitality academic institutions. The University continues to raise the bar in tourism and hospitality education moving from 4th place in 2005 to 2nd in 2009, further enhancing its reputation as a world leader in hospitality and tourism education.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a university with a proud and illustrious history. Formerly known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic, the Institution assumed full university status in 1994.
PolyU is strategically located in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on a site of approximately 93,500 square metres adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel. There has been extensive development and rapid expansion since the last 10 years. The University is the largest UGC-funded tertiary institution in terms of number of students. A wide range of courses which directly meets industrial, commercial and community needs is offered. In addition to meeting Hong Kong's manpower requirements, PolyU also makes significant contributions towards the territory's success by providing the public and private sectors with its expanding range of consultancy, professional training and applied research services. Through these activities, the University maintains a strong partnership with the business and industrial sectors.
It is a prime aim of the University to equip students not only with professional competency but also the ability of independent thinking, good communication skills and a global outlook. The University also implements the credit-based system, which allows flexibility to students in choice of subjects and pace of studies.
Over the years, more than 250,000 young men and women have graduated from PolyU and its predecessors - the Hong Kong Polytechnic, the Hong Kong Technical College and the Government Trade School. The graduates have found their places in various sectors of the society, dedicating their knowledge and expertise to the building and development of Hong Kong's thriving economy.