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Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management; Maritime Transport ; Supply Chain; Shipping Management; International Trade; and Transport Management Education at HKU Hong Kong

UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (HKU)

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is one of the oldest educational institutions in Hong Kong. The university is often referred to as world-class comprehensive research university and is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of comprehensive research intensive universities covering all corners of the globe. The University attracts the best students in Hong Kong. With over 21,000 students (over 11,000 undergraduates, 10,000 postgraduates), the university has about 25% Mainland Chinese and international students.

It was ranked 22nd in the QS World University Rankings and 1st in their Asian University Rankings recently and, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the university was ranked 21st in the world and 1st in Asia. Outstanding academic staff of the University are recruited through rigorous selection procedures, comprising internal peer-reviews and external assessments conducted by international and prominent experts in the relevant fields.

The Faculty of Engineering, one of the founding faculties of The University of Hong Kong, was established in 1912. At this period Hong Kong had only a rudimentary industrial base. Since then, the Faculty has expanded to keep pace with global progress in technology, and to contribute to Hong Kong's dynamic industrial growth. Since its foundation the Faculty has produced at least 15,000 first-degree engineering graduates and 8,700 postgraduate research and taught masters graduates. Many of its graduates hold senior and responsible positions in industry and commerce, education and the government.

With some 900 full-time staff members and over 2,000 part-time teachers, HKU SPACE is the leading local provider in continuing education. Annual course enrolment often exceeds 100,000. The School collaborates closely with the other faculties and departments of the University to offer timely and relevant courses that meet society's needs to update education and skills for the knowledge economy.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs


  • BEng in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM) (full-time): The program focuses on - applying engineering approach to managing industrial, logistics and financial operations; Maximizing quality, productivity and sustainability through optimal deployment of 5Ms (men, machines, materials, methods, and money); Managing product and service innovations and global supply chains; and Developing professional skills for systematic problems solving.

Masters Programs

  • MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management (IELM) (full-time): The program is designed to enable students to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in operations management, logistics and supply chain management, organizational theory and behavior, costing and finance, quality management, information technology, and other related topics. The program has been accredited by The Chartered Institute of Transport Logistics (CILTHK). Graduates of the program are granted full exemption from the Professional Qualifying Examination leading to the Chartered membership of the CILTHK. 

Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) Full-Time Programs

  • Higher Diploma in Logistics and Transport (2 years): This higher diploma program is designed to meet the industry’s need for professionally trained personnel. Through field visits, seminars and job placements, students are able to gain valuable knowledge of real-life logistics and transport operations. Job placements are arranged for students during the summer vacation. The program is recognized by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK).

Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) Part Time Programs

  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Transport and Logistics (Top-up, 1.5 years min.): This program is in collaboration with the Plymouth University, UK. In these nine modules, you’ll be introduced to key elements of national maritime policies, governance and operations around port and transport activities, international logistics, strategic and logistics management and recent developments in these areas – all within the context of globalization and for better understanding of the development of ports and terminals. It is practically designed for those who are interested or working in shipping, maritime-related and logistics industry.
  • BSc (Hons) International Supply Chain and Shipping Management (Top-up, 1.5 years min.): This program is in collaboration with the Plymouth University, UK and, in these nine modules, you’ll study a range of topics affecting the global industry and develop the management and business skills it demands. Deepening your understanding of international shipping and supply chain management, you’ll engage with current environmental and ethical debates, technological developments and government legislation, all of which impacts a manager’s responsibilities and decisions.
  • BA (Hons) International Trade and Operations Management (Top-up, 1.5 years min.): This program is in collaboration with the Plymouth University, UK. It aims to develop your understanding of current management issues through contemporary case studies, government legislation and philosophical, ethical and environmental debates. You’ll increase your knowledge of issues in the global supply chain involving logistics, customer service and transportation, and undertake a research module introducing you to the research process and sources of data used in international logistics.
  • Professional Diploma in Business Logistics Management (min 1 year): This program is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK) and consists of six modules. It aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the business environment in logistics industry, as well as to equip graduates with basic management skills for exploring new business opportunities.
  • Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport Management (min 1 year): The program has been granted full exemption from the educational requirements for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students will take a total of nine modules, either in the Logistics Management Stream or the Transport Management Stream. After graduation, students can continue to study at bachelor degree level.
  • Certificate in Shipping and Logistics (8 months): The program is offered in collaboration with Hong Kong Shippers' Council. It provides a comprehensive training in various aspects of shipping and logistics which suit the training needs of practitioners in the field and trainees who need to acquire a wide range of basic knowledge within a short period.

HKU Hong Kong Features


The University of Hong Kong, founded in 1911, is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong. It was granted a shield and a motto by the College of Arms in 1913, and throughout its history the University's visual identity has been firmly based on their display, often coupled the University's name. No other university in Hong Kong possesses a coat of arms. This is a distinction that resonates outside Hong Kong, particularly in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth jurisdictions, and the United States. It is also a reminder of the University's antiquity, and a most dignified and effective corporate identity.

  • Campus: The HKU main campus covers 40 acres of land on Bonham Road and Pokfulam Road in the mid-levels of Hong Kong Island. HKU buildings are some of the few remaining examples of British Colonial architecture in Hong Kong.
  • Accreditation: The Hong Kong University is a UGC recognized public university of international reputation. Most of its shipping, logistics and supply chain management programs are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTHK) Hong Kong. BENG (LESCM) is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
  • CEDAR Career & Placement: This division helps use the university experience to launch your career by arranging meetings with employers, Faculties and student representatives and advise the University on graduate employment issues. It also designs career preparation programs to enhance vocational maturity and places students into internship, graduate and postgraduate trainee positions.
  • Research Excellence: The research excellence has again enabled the university to assume the position of the most successful university in Hong Kong in terms of securing competitive research funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC).
  • International and Mainland Collaboration: HKU has been taking an active role in strategic international alliances with universities and research institutions worldwide. It has academic links with more than 300 overseas universities and plays host to around 5,300 mainland Chinese and international students. The University is committed to cultivating internationalism on campus and to supporting staff and student mobility projects and international programs at all levels.
  • Engineering Internship: To equip students with practical working experience, most students are required to take Engineering Internship or Workshop Training in the summer after the first year of study. It also encourages students of the BEng programs to participate in student exchange programs so as to widen their horizons, expand their international exposure, enrich their learning experience and learn to appreciate different cultures, by studying abroad at prestigious engineering schools.
  • Visiting Student: If you do not wish to follow a full degree study program, you may consider applying for admission as a visiting student to attend courses for one semester or one year of study in a degree, diploma or other University curriculum, or to undertake postgraduate research studies or such other studies as may be prescribed by the Head of the Department concerned. Or, if you are looking for a place for a study abroad program but there is no formal exchange agreement between the two universities, you could consider applying as a visiting student to HKU.
  • Housing: Halls of residence form part of the tradition of the University. They are part of the education system rather than just a provision of accommodation. There are thirteen residential halls and three non-residential halls. For residential halls, eleven of them are directly administered by the University while two are financially and administratively independent.

LAST UPDATED ON Mar 9, 2017

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