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PolyU Industrial Centre (IC) is a well-equipped hands-on learning centre for students studying engineering and engineering-related disciplines. It is the only establishment of its kind among the local 8 UGC-funded universities. IC therefore also provides service to other local UGC-funded universities. Some of the 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) and The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

“Multidisciplinary technologies housed under one roof” is a distinctive feature and niche of IC. Like nowhere, IC offers a multi-disciplinary open environment equipped with a variety of facilities on different technologies for students to learn and apply engineering skills and knowledge. Supported by renowned leaders in the industry, IC also accommodates 10 accredited, authorized & joint training centres specializing in different engineering and technological areas such as Automation, Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing, Building Services, Electrical and Building & Construction. Technologies are well-blended and integrated into hands-on learning activities and teaching offered to engineering and civil engineering students as well as students of other disciplines, including Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Design.

Hands-on learning offers a stimulating and inspirational educational experience for students. It ties theory and exciting hands-on experimenting activities which enables students to learn and explore engineering knowledge. Through different hands-on learning activities, students’ professional knowledge, capability, thinking, all-round development, industrial and social perspective as well as creativity and innovation are further reinforced and enhanced. Examples of hands-on learning activities include engineering hands-on practice, integrated engineering projects, work-integrated manufacturing projects and engineering project competition.

Capitalizing on its multidisciplinary technologies and equipment, IC also provides engineering support to students as well as R&D projects initiated by academics and universities. Many students have made the best use of our facilities, technical workshops and studios to pursue and realize their engineering innovations and research. 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) 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 have been 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 lately proposed and facilitated the establishment of Hong Kong’s first Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) in collaboration with giant aerospace company, Boeing. In future IC will become ASRC’s training centre in the provision of professional engineering training for aviation MRO industry.



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