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.
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 undergraduate 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 Operations 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 on the Chinese mainland. One of these initiatives was the launch of its flagship Master of Science in Quality Management with the Zhejiang University in Zhejiang. Drawing on the academic profile of the Department, the programme attracted candidates from different backgrounds including banking and finance, catering and restaurant, construction, engineering, government departments, health care, hotel, logistics, merchandising, production, property management, public utilities, purchasing, quality testing and certification, retailing, tourism, trading, transportation, warehousing, and other service industries.
In line with PolyU's tradition, the Department has placed a strong emphasis on innovative research in various areas covering maritime, shipping, ports, supply chain management and transport logistics. 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.