PolyU Industrial Centre (IC) is a well-equipped hands-on learning and research support centre for students studying engineering and engineering-related disciplines. It is the only establishment of its kind among the local 8 UGC-funded universities and therefore it also provides service to other local UGC-funded universities. Some of our major users include The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), The City University of Hong Kong (CityU), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK).
Like nowhere, IC offers a multi-disciplinary open environment equipped with a variety of facilities for students to integrate engineering skills and knowledge for real life problems. IC is supported by 6 technical streams and a research centre specializing in core and contemporary engineering and technological areas such as Additive Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Electronics, Intelligent Automation, Composites, Fabrication, Building Services, Safety, Construction, Design Realization and Aviation MRO. These technologies are well-blended and integrated into different hands-on learning activities offered to engineering and civil engineering students as well as students of other fields, including Health Technology & Informatics and Design.
IC offers a variety of learning activities and support services to help students to integrate engineering skills and knowledge for real life problems. These activities are effective ways to stimulate and inspire students’ passion in engineering. They ties theory and exciting hands-on experimenting activities which enables and inspires students to actively learn and explore engineering knowledge. Examples of these learning activities include engineering hands-on practice, integrated engineering projects, work-integrated manufacturing projects and engineering project competition.
In addition, IC also offers support to PolyU’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and Service Learning activities. Each year hundreds of students participate in different General University Requirements (GUR) & Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) subjects and Freshmen Seminar. Through IC activities and technical demonstrations, students learn and explore STEM and its applications in real life and different disciplines. In recent years, IC actively supports a number of Service Learning activities, providing guidance and supports to hundreds of students on delivery of engineering project of large and small scale as a community service in Hong Kong and China. Examples of Service Learning projects support include campus and IT facilities improvement for schools and charity organizations in Hong Kong and Heyuan, designing STEM learning kits for primary / secondary school students and farming improvement project in Sichuan.
Research & Incubation Support
Capitalizing on its multidisciplinary technologies and equipment, IC also provides research and incubation support to students and researchers. Many students have made the best use of our facilities to pursue and realize their engineering innovations, research or even business ideas. Likewise you will also find academics and researchers making use of IC’s facilities and expertise in pursuing and realizing their R&D projects and scholarly activities. Successful cases include Camera Pointing System (CPS) for Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe and Soil Preparation System (SOPSYS) for Phobos-Grunt Mission in collaboration with PolyU ISE, Novel Brain Training Device for Stroke Patient in collaboration with PolyU BME, 3D Printed Surgical Guides in collaboration with local medical schools and hospitals. IC also extended its engineering support to the industry and the community. Some of the examples include Air Traffic Control Console Improvement Study in collaboration with HKSAR Civil Aviation Department (CAD), Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in collaboration with HKSAR Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Mobile Detrainment Ladder for MTR and Novel Multiple-axis Machining of Turbine Blades in collaboration with Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited (HAESL).
IC is also an active provider of knowledge transfer activities. In addition to programmes leading to academic awards jointly collaborated with other academic departments and institutions, IC also provides knowledge transfer activities and continuing education courses for the community and industry, including professional technical skills upgrading course for companies specialised in engineering, aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), infrastructure building and energy supply. IC is an approved training centre of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Graduate Scheme A Training and therefore its hands-on learning activities are recognized as part of the HKIE Graduate Scheme A Training. In response to the increasing need for development of modern industrial engineering education in Mainland China, IC also provides tailor-made programmes for Mainland institutions. Institutions from different provinces and cities havebeen sending their senior officials and teachers to undertake train-the-trainer programme at IC. In fact, IC has established close relationship with universities in Mainland China since 1980’s. Over 40 industrial training centres in Mainland China were modelled after IC.
IC has established Hong Kong’s first Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) in collaboration with giant aerospace company, Boeing. Phase one facilities are now in full operation. It works intimately with Boeing and local MROs in implementations of advanced MRO technologies and methodologies. Those implementations will be new to MRO industry and have the potential to drastically improve quality, throughput and efficiency, not only in Hong Kong but throughout the aviation industry.
To promote and support the development of aviation & MRO services industry in Hong Kong, IC has recently offered a Higher Diploma in Aircraft Services Engineering (HD in ASE) in collaboration with Hong Kong Community College (HKCC) with first cohort in 2015/16.