HONG KONG SAR Media OutReach8 September 2022 The official upgrade of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing by Hong Kong Polytechnic University was announced on the 25th anniversary of establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Also, the School of Fashion and Textiles was established (SFT), the third and largest school within PolyU. The University’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower hosted last Friday’s opening ceremony.
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Official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles was celebrated by officiating guests Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of PolyU Council (Centre); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms Shirley Chan, Chairlady of School Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr Sunny Tan, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU (right) Chilliwack Down Bomber Coat in black with stretch rib waistband and cuff, exterior pockets, adjustable tunnel hood Shell: 50% polyester, 50% cotton
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Official launch of the School of Fashion and Textiles was celebrated by officiating guests
Dr Lam Tai-fai, Chairman of PolyU Council (Centre); Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU (3rd from left); Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-chang, Deputy Chairman of PolyU Council (3rd from right); Ms Shirley Chan, Chairlady of School Advisory Committee (2nd from left); Mr Sunny Tan, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency (2nd from right); Prof. Raymond Wong, Interim Dean of School of Fashion and Textiles (left); Prof. Wing-tak Wong, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU (right)
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The School is an international institution that integrates fashion and textile education and innovative technology research. It will improve the competitiveness of SFT graduates and Hong Kong’s fashion and textile industries. It will also align it with the Greater Bay Area’s market development. The School’s vision is for it to be a leader in the fashion industry and make a positive impact on society. It will also offer solutions that leverage its innovative research and innovation excellence.
The School is known for its outstanding teaching and academic achievements. Its academics hail from all over the world and are experts in a wide range of academic areas and research areas. These include smart and wearable textiles as well as medical textiles and functional clothing. Social fashion design, sustainable fashion and digital fashion marketing are just some of the areas they specialize in. According to a report published by Stanford University in 2021 13 ITC Scholars have been ranked amongst the top 2% of scientists worldwide. CEOWORLD magazine also ranked SFT second in Asia and 43rd worldwide in the World’s Best Fashion Schools for 2022. The School has achieved significant milestones in its pursuit for excellence in research to make a positive impact on society. SFT was highly praised by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC). “2020 Research Review Exercise”, and its research in design, performing arts, and creative arts was the best of the eight UGC-funded universities.
At the opening ceremony, officiating guests included Mr Sunny TAN, Member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR – Textiles, and Garment constituency; Dr LAM Tai-fai, Chairman of the PolyU Council; Prof. Jin-Guang TENG, the President of PolyU; and Ms Shirley CHAN, Chairlady of the Advisory Committee of SFT.
President of PolyU, Prof. Jin-Guang Teng, said, “It gives me great pleasure to inaugurate the School of Fashion and Textiles as the University’s third flagship and independent school. The new School will push the boundaries of educational and research excellence even further. SFT’s vision is to be a world-leading centre in fashion and textiles education, interdisciplinary research and collaboration, playing a pivotal role in developing Hong Kong into a world-renowned fashion hub.”
Ms. Shirley Chan, Chairlady on the SFT Advisory Committee, said, “The new School of Fashion and Textiles will have a new emphasis on education, research and industry partnerships. PolyU has been a leading institution for fashion and textile education and research, both in Asia and globally, since 1957. The transformation of ITC to the School of Fashion and Textiles reflects its continuing position as an educational leader for many years to come.”
SFT has partnered with the textile industry both locally and internationally to provide knowledge transfer and innovative technologies. Significant projects include the Nu-Torque™ singles ring-yarn technology, the personalised posture training system for medical, sports and healthcare applications, and intelligent 3D human-modelling technology. These groundbreaking and influential projects have had an impact on the industry. SFT has maintained close ties with government agencies, NGOs, and disadvantaged organizations despite the COVID-19 epidemic.
SFT has set aside additional resources to encourage academic and technological education. To meet the market’s needs for advanced technology, the School’s courses keep up with the times. New subjects like artificial intelligence, digital Fashion Design, e-commerce, and sustainable development are all being added. The redesigned undergraduate programme, BA (Hons), Scheme in Fashion, and the taught postgraduate program, MA in Global Fashion Management are vivid examples of a high-quality, full-spectrum fashion education that combines design, business, and technology to meet local, regional, and international fashion talent demand.
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About the School of Fashion and Textiles
Formerly known as the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, the School of Fashion and Textiles is the pioneer in fashion and textiles education. SFT was founded in 1957 and has evolved into a top-tier institution in fashion, textile education, research, services, and design. SFT offers a wide variety of academic programmes that cover such areas as fashion and textiles tech, design and marketing, and knitwear design. Its groundbreaking research and innovations have accelerated the development of the global fashion industry and transformed Hong Kong from a manufacturing and retail base in the 1950s, 60s, to an international fashion design and creative hub today.
Website of the School of Fashion and Textile www.polyu.edu.hk/sft