PolyU Makes a Difference in Logistics and Maritime Education
To cope with the rapid development of logistics in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland with mounting demand for talents, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) officially established the Department of Logistics on 1 September 2003, after a reorganization incorporating the former Department of Shipping and Transport Logistics and part of the former Department of Management.
In September 2008, PolyU made another move to rename the Department as Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies to better reflect the Department's strengths and growing portfolio. Currently, PolyU is the sole provider of maritime education at the tertiary level in Hong Kong.
Since its establishment, the Department has attained encouraging results with wide recognition from the industries, professional bodies and the government.
Highlights of some major developments include:
- Named as one of the "Best Ten Universities in Logistics in China for the Year 2006" by the "China Logistics Development Annual Conference";
- Established the CY Tung International Centre for Maritime Studies in 2007 with the generous support from The Tung Foundation for its further advancement;
- Established the Hong Kong Maritime Scholarship Scheme in 2007 with the donation of HK$4 million from the Hong Kong Government to support students enrolled in the MSc in International Shipping and Transport Logistics;
- Founded different scholarship schemes with donations from reputed organizations including the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Pacific Basin Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd, Shun Tak China Travel Ship Management Limited, DHL Global Forwarding (Hong Kong) Limited;
- The Department's BBA (Hons) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics and Higher Diploma in International Transport Logistics programmes were accorded with ICSTCW status , the only university in Hong Kong recognized by International Maritime Organization;
- The Department's BBA (Hons) programme in Global Supply Chain Management received professional recognition from four professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the International Institution of Management (IIM), and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
With major areas of specialization in "global supply chain" and "international shipping and transport logistics", the Department offers comprehensive and internationally recognized academic programmes ranging from high diploma to postgraduate levels. The primary aims are to nurture highly effective logistics managers and leaders through the development of contemporary educational materials and the use of innovative and teaching methods.
The Department's master's programmes in Global Supply Chain Management, International Shipping and Transport Logistics, and Quality Management offer in-depth knowledge to managers and professionals in the field, and they embody a sound balance between academic theory and professional practice. The MSc programme in International Shipping and Transport Logistics, for example, covers not only maritime knowledge, but also practical subjects such as port policy and management, shipping law, and marine insurance.
The Department also actively collaborates with top-tier institutions in the Chinese Mainland. One of these initiatives was the launch of its flagship master of science in International Shipping and Transport Logistics with the Nankai University in Tianjin. Drawing on the academic profile of the Department, the programme attracted candidates from different backgrounds including aviation, logistics, customs as well as students of other institutions.
In line with PolyU's tradition, the Department has placed strong emphasis on innovative research in various areas covering maritime, shipping, ports, supply chain management and transport logistics. In recent years, the academic staff have been rigorously engaging in research activities, witnessed by the growing number of research papers published in top-quality academic journals.
The designation of some projects as niche areas by the University further signifies the department's excellence in research ideas and activities.
As a centre of excellence in logistics and maritime education for nurturing professional talents, the Department also strives to provide research and consultancy services for the business community. With close collaboration with the industries, application and real world connection, the Department can bring the highest quality of teaching, research and consultancy into classes, which will bring benefits for the industry and the community as a whole. It is what PolyU makes a difference in logistics and maritime education.